On Saturday, November 29, 2014, members of the Ukrainian Canadian community, together with honorable guests and Canadian government representatives, commemorated the first anniversary of the Euromaidan movement and those who sacrificed their lives in the battle for Ukraine’s democratic ideals.
The event took place at the Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian Community Centre in Toronto and was organized by the Euromaidan Canada Committee (Toronto) – a branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC). During the commemoration, guests also honoured the memory of the brave soldiers whose lives were lost in the war in Donbas. An ecumenical prayer was led by Fr. Volodymyr Yanishevsky – pastor of the Ukrainian Canadian Catholic Church, Fr. Walter Makarenko from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Fr. Juvenal Merriell from the Roman Catholic Church, evangelical pastor Oleksij Maksymyshyn and Mehmet Gul, the Muslim Imam.
The Acting Consul General of Ukraine in Toronto, Liudmyla Davydovych, brought greetings and appreciation on behalf of the Government of Ukraine – thanking the Canadian government and the community for helping Ukraine in the time of difficulty.
For many Ukrainians, the past year has been a time of heightened patriotic sentiments. Many Canadians of Ukrainian descent have also united as the result of the Euromaidan protests. Headed by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the Toronto community held over 80 protests and demonstrations over the past year. In his statement, Paul Grod, the president of UCC, highlighted that Canada continues to supports Ukraine: “even though Ukraine won the bitter sweet victory of the human dignity, a bitter sweet victory which came at the expense of many Ukrainians who perished on the Maidan and across Ukraine during this revolution.”
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Consulate General of Ukraine in Toronto