Dovbush Dancers, AUUC Vancouver, BC
Association of United Ukrainian Canadians is a nation-wide organization comprised of 11 branches with the National office in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

AUUC National Committee
Between National Conventions, the business and affairs of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians is conducted by a Board of Directors, called the National Committee and its executive, National Executive Committee. AUUC National Office is located in 595 Pritchard Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2W 2K4, Phone 800-856-8242, (204) 589-3404, Fax: (204)589-3404, email: mail@auuckobzar.net

AUUC Vancouver Branch
Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 805 E. Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1V9 Tel: (604) 254-3436. AUUC Vancouver Branch consists of Vancouver String Orchestra, Barvinok Choir, The AUUC School of Dancing, Vancouver Ensemble and Dovbush Dancers. http://www.auucvancouver.ca/, http://dovbush.webs.com/

The history of the branch dates back to 1928 when the AUUC Ukrainian Cultural Centre had its beginnings as the Ukrainian Labour Temple. This building became a focal point in some of the struggles of the Dirty Thirties. It was the organizational headquarters for the On To Ottawa Trek in 1935 and a place of refuge for strikers in the great Post Office Strike in 1938. Padlocked in 1940 under the "Defense of Canada Regulations", and sold, it was returned and reopened in 1945 before a large festive crowd of members and supporters.

In 1957, cultural life in the centre was greatly rejuvenated under the leadership of Cultural Director Karl Kobylansky who had just come from Kyiv after studying music. A festival followed in 1958 with participation of groups from across Canada. In 1959, the operetta Chervona Kalyna was successfully staged. It was followed in 1961 by a grand concert in honour of Taras Shevchenko on the 100th anniversary of his death.

The 1960's and 1970's saw impressive Women's Day celebrations, a concert in tribute to the Ukrainian poetess Lesya Ukrainka, and the participation of members in the Vancouver Peace Walks.

In 1991, the orchestra and dancers took part in the Ukrainian Showcase at the Pacific National Exhibition. Also, Vancouver cultural participants joined with other AUUC'ers in the 100th anniversary of first Ukrainian settlements in Canada in centennial festivals in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto.

In 1988, after much planning and effort, the Lesya Ukrainka Manor, a residence for seniors, next door to the AUUC Cultural Centre, opened its doors. Its existence is celebrated each September when Ukrainian Pioneer Day events are held.

A part of its continuous activities, the branch has explored the Ukrainian traditions of Ivana Kupala festivals, celebrating the fertility of nature through songs and dances. Malanka, a celebration of the return of the sun's warmth and lengthening of days, is celebrated every year. Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the opening of the hall and the 80th anniversary of the founding of the AUUC, a pictorial exhibition (1923 to 1988) was organized in 1998. In September 1999, an amazing exhibit of embroidery, crochet and other crafts showcased the talents of members and pioneers.

In the new millennium the Vancouver Branch has undergone major changes with the departure of some active members. The remaining members have had to work much harder to keep things going. Quite fortunately, we have had some very successful events. One of the initiatives that has worked well is our effort to learn more about our surrounding community and to coordinate some of our events with the community.

A significant event in 2003 was our concert, dinner and historic photo display to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the building of our Ukrainian Labour Temple at 805 East Pender Street in Vancouver. With an overflow crowd eating their dinner at tables set up outside and musicians playing old time fiddle and accordion tunes, the atmosphere really took one back to earlier days.

We were very happy to be able to take part in this festival of celebration with Alberta and Saskatchewan on the occasion of their 100th year in the Canadian confederation. Ukrainians were very much a part of the hard work that has made Alberta and Saskatchewan the success they are today. Congratulations from the AUUC in Vancouver!

AUUC Calgary Branch
Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 3316-28th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T3E 0R8, phone: (403) 246-1231, email: calauuc@telus.net

Current Highlights
Branch No. 55 of the AUUC is the parent body of the Calgary Hopak Ensemble. We are extremely proud of our choir, orchestra and dancers. The Children's Dance School is thriving with enrollment growing each year. We are proud to boast that participants include Ukrainian immigrants and fourth and fifth generation Canadians of Ukrainian descent, as well as members of other ethnic backgrounds. In May 1999, we hosted the very successful Pre-Millennium Dance Festival (Dance into the Millennium) at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.
We continue our fund raising projects to sustain our centre, cultural activities and the children's camp, Camp Kamenyar at Sylvan Lake.
Concerts are held at community facilities throughout the city. The Hopak Ensemble receives fre quent invitations to perform throughout the city and the province.
We maintain an active Ukrainian Senior Citizens' Club.

Historical Achievements
In 1939, two people from Calgary, Anne Skulsky and Kay Wusyk-Wintonyk, participate in the First National Festival of Music, Song and Dance held in Toronto.
Calgary cultural forces presented 52 concerts to the armed forces during WW II. ULFTA women actively participate in the activities of the Red Cross.
Performers participated in the festival held in Edmonton in 1946.
In 1945, plans were made to build a new home for our branch. Hours of volunteer labour, donations of nickels and dimes with much sweat and tears are needed to bring our dream to reality and in 1949 we herald the grand opening of the Ukrainian Hall at 209-4th Ave SE. The old hall is the centre of all our activities until 1968 when the city expropriates the lot and building to make way for new development. In 1976 we moved to our present hall on 28th Ave SW. Some highlights of our activities through the decades of history:
* Radio and television programs featured our choir, orchestra and dancers.
* Operettas - Cossack Beyond the Danube and Natalka Poltavka were featured prominently.
* Ukrainian and Canadian plays were staged - notably Zemlya and Adam's Sons.
* Ukrainian heritage scenes from Bukovinian wedding and Hutsul wedding were performed.
* Branch participates promoted local, provincial and national festivals.
* Shevchenko concerts with Edmonton branch participants were held.
* Participants traveled to BC (Vernon Winter festival) and other provinces.
* Expo '67 in Montreal was a highlight.
* Activities such as the showing of historical, musical and literary films also occured at the hall.
* Support of our press facilitated effective communications, keeping branches across the country informed of the work taking place in the AUUC.

Culgary proudly participated in the history of our branch and our organization. Events strengthened the AUUC and preserved our heritage.

AUUC Edmonton Branch
Ukrainian Centre, 11018 - 97 Street, Edmonton, AB T5H 2M9, Phone (780) 424-2037, Fax: (780) 424-2013, email: auucedm@telus.net

The organization and cultural activities of the progressive Ukrainian community in Edmonton started at the very beginning of the last century. A Taras Shevchenko Reading Room existed as early as 1901, organized by the first few Ukrainian settlers to the area.

Cultural activities resulted in the organization of the Association for Self-Education in 1915. First dramatic presentations were popular and membership grew quickly.

At the outset, the Edmonton branch rented the hall of the Presbyterian Educational Institute for its activities and rehearsals, but quickly outgrew it and performances were moved to local theatres.

In 1920, the Ukrainian Labour Temple Association was formed, and in 1922 it bought the Presbyterian Educational Institute on 106A Avenue and 96th Street as its new hall and expanded the facility to meet its activity needs.

The new Ukrainian Labour Temple Association continued the work of the earlier choral-drama circles, established a theatrical library of plays for both adult and children's groups and gave regular performances. It established choirs and organized orchestral groups starting with mandolins. In 1927, the Edmonton Branch took its first early steps in Ukrainian folk dance, soon adding gymnastics and a band program.

During the 1930's, plays and concerts were staged almost weekly. In the summers, performing groups presented concerts in many of the more than 40 farming communities in Alberta, which had organized their own branches and built their own halls in the late 1920's and early 1930's. The performers rode in farm wagons over rutted roads, slept in private homes and on the floors of Ukrainian Labour Farmer Temples.

Ukrainian national festivals were fully planned for Saskatoon and Edmonton in July 1940, but World War II intervened and activities of the ULFTA were stifled by the Canadian government of the day.

In 1946, a National Festival of Ukrainian Song, Music and Dance of the newly incorporated Association of United Ukrainian Canadians took place on July 26-28 in the Edmonton Gardens Arena. It was a three-day event with 1000 performers from the four western provinces before a combined audience of 15,000. A first in the history of Ukrainian settlement in Canada was the arrival of a five-person delegation from Ukraine, including vocalists Ivan Patorzhynysky and Zoya Haidai who delighted the audiences.

In 1952, the present Ukrainian Centre, on 110th Avenue and 97th Street was built, and our cultural forces expanded and grew. 1959 saw Edmonton's Kamenyar Dancers and the AUUC School of Ukrainian Folk Dance and Music appear in the Canada-wide Weekend Magazine. This provided a significant impetus for the growth of performing art groups in our organization.

In 1961 the Shevchenko Festival paid tribute to the 100th anniversary of the death of the revered Ukrainian poet, as well as marking the 70th anniversary of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada. Concerts were held across Canada, with the Edmonton Concert at the Jubilee Auditorium before an audience of 3,000. Edmonton Branch at this time had two fine dance ensembles: "Kamenyar" and the "Lileya" groups, a drama group, Mixed Choir, String Orchestra and a Senior Dance Group. Celebrations were held with combined forces of Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge at various other centers.

1966 marked the 75th Anniversary of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada. A very special guest, Wasyi Pylypiw, the son of the first Ukrainian immigrant to Canada, honoured the Jubilee performance.

Canada's 100th birthday in 1967 was celebrated by a number of events, including a concert at Victoria Composite High School, a great festival with 300 performers at the Jubilee Auditorium, and the Kamenyar Dancers appearing at Expo '67.

The cultural activities of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians in Edmonton branched out considerably during the 1970's. Over 300 people participated in choirs, dance groups and a string orchestra. Concerts were presented at the Ukrainian Centre, the Jubilee Auditorium, in high school auditoriums and in various towns and farm communities throughout Alberta. Our drama groups gave outstanding productions in 1974 and 1975 with the staging of "The Pencil" by Ivan Franko, "the Signature" by Vasyi Stefanyk and "Adam's Sons" based on the classic Zemlya (Land) by Olga Kobylyanska. In 1971"Festival '80" celebrated eight decades of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada.

In 1985 the highlight of our performances was the premiere of the musical dramatic choreographic production of the "Hutsul Wedding".

Three wonderful National Festivals commemorated a 100 years of Ukrainian immigration to Canada, in 1991. In Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto. 80 years of the AUUC were celebrated in 1998 with a joint performance of Calgary & Edmonton at our Edmonton Jubilee Auditorium.

The Edmonton Branch was proud to host the AUUC National Millennium Festival in 2000 with participation of performers from across Canada and with special guest artist Luba Goy, in celebration of our entry into the new Millennium. We thus also highlighted the part our organization, from the early pioneers to their descendants of today, has played in the last century.

The activities at the Edmonton Cultural Centre have always maintained a high standard of excellence and continue to do so today. At present the Edmonton AUUC cultural groups consist of the Trembita Folk Choir, the Trembita Folk Dancers, and the Trembita School of Ukrainian Performing Arts. We are happy to be carrying on the vision of our forefathers and promoting our cultural heritage by our participation in this wonderful Festival celebrating the Centennial of our two provinces.

AUUC Innisfree Branch
5221 - 45B Avenue, Vegreville, AB T9C 1L3, Phone (780) 632-3033

AUUC Vegreville Branch
Box 481, Vegreville, AB, T9C 1R6, Phone (780) 632-3021.

AUUC Regina Branch
Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 1809 Toronto Street, Regina, SK, S4P 1M7, Phone (306) 522-1188, www.poltava.ca

A branch of the Ukrainian Labour Temple Association (ULTA) was established in Regina in 1919 when the membership of the then Zluka organization decided to rename itself, having adopted the constitution of the ULTA earlier. Originally located in a building purchased from the Romanian community, the growth of the membership and activities resulted in the members building their own hall in 1929.

Highlights of the Branch's existence would, no doubt, include the following events:

The establishment of a Children's Language School in 1919, to be followed by a Children's String Orchestra in 1922, were to become the cradle for almost a century of cultural-educational activities and artistic performing groups at the Ukrainian Labour Temple now known as the Ukrainian Cultural Centre.

In 1939 the Regina Ukrainian String Orchestra was to participate in the first National Ukrainian Festival of Song, Music and Dance in Toronto. From that point on, the cultural forces of Regina were to participate in all future national and regional festivals such as those in Edmonton (1946), Toronto (1961), Edmonton (1971), Winnipeg (1974), Regina and Calgary (1980), Winnipeg and Toronto (1991) and Edmonton (2000).

In 1946 the renowned soloists of the Kyiv Opera Theatre, Ivan Patorzhynsky and Zoya Haidai, appeared in concert with the Regina Ukrainian String Orchestra at Knox Metropolitan Church.

The Regina AUUC was a founding member of the Regina Multicultural Council (1965) and Access Communications (Cable Regina Co-operative) in 1974. The AUUC produced numerous programs entitled the Ukrainian Dimension for the latter from 1977 to 1981, which were broadcast on some 130 time slots.

Leading members of the AUUC were instrumental in the establishment of a monument to the great Ukrainian poetess, Lesya Ukrainka, on the grounds of the University of Saskatchewan (1976). As of 1977, the Regina AUUC invited guest artists from Ukraine to appear at the Poltava Ukrainian Pavilion during Regina's annual Mosaic, Festival of Cultures. Since its inception, the Pavilion has been visited by over 200,000 patrons.

In 1980, on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Province of Saskatchewan, a Ukrainian Dance Festival was sponsored to a "sold-out" audience at the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts. Participants included Regina's Poltava Ensemble Dancers and Orchestra, the Edmonton Trembita Orchestra and Dancers, the Calgary Hopak Orchestra and Dancers and the Winnipeg String Orchestra. Earlier the Province's 50th Anniversary had been marked by Provincial Festivals in Regina and Saskatoon with some 300 musicians, dancers and singers from the province.

Throughout its history the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians and its forerunner the Ukrainian Labour- Farmer Temple Association have striven for ties with Ukraine. It has sent students for advanced studies in Ukraine, while its musicians and dancers have appeared on the stages of Ukraine in 1981, 1986, 2001 and 2002. The AUUC not only concerned itself with the retention of its heritage, but played a significant role in the struggle for medicare, trade union rights and within the Canadian peace movement.

AUUC Winnipeg Branch
Ukrainian Labour Temple, 591 Pritchard Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2W 2K4, Phone 800-856-8242, (204) 582-9269, Fax: (204) 589-3404 , ult-wpg.ca. AUUC Winnipeg Branch consists of the Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra, the Winnipeg Mandolin Quintet, The Cheremosh Trio, Lesya Ukrainka Choir, and School of Folk Dance.

Almost five years have passed since the last national festival. Many of us have warm memories of that event. We recall the many rehearsals, the pleasure of meeting old and new friends, and the excitement when the curtain went up. Since that time, members of the Winnipeg Branch have continued with some of the usual activities and embarked on some new ones.

Perhaps the most demanding event for the Winnipeg Branch in terms of manpower is the Lviv Pavilion at Folklorama that takes place every year in August. Aside from meetings and rehearsals and culinary preparations that take place all summer, well over 700 man-hours are devoted to this activity. With close to 10,000 people visiting the pavilion every year, this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our talent and tell people about the organization's activities.

Every year the mandolin orchestra sponsors and showcases the Festival of Mandolins. This allows the orchestra to explore different music, while remaining faithful to a Ukrainian repertoire, to invite other mandolinists and instrumental ensembles to perform, and to meet people in the community who are interested in mandolin music. Other annual events include a children's Christmas party, a bake and craft sale, Malanka, Fall Supper and the closing-of-the-season Spring Concert.

Last year, our School of Folk Dancing celebrated its 50th Anniversary. This event was acknowledged by the presentation of dancing by all the classes of the school, and was also featured as the main theme for the Lviv Pavilion in the AUUC Labour Temple.

Our choir, orchestra, mandolin quintet and Yunist dancers are often invited to appear at events outside of the Ukrainian Labour Temple. These invitations have taken us to shopping centres, museums, senior citizens' homes, festivals, colleges and many sites outside of Winnipeg. Through the Canadian Society for Ukrainian Labour Research, Winnipeg Branch members have hosted several symposia involving a wide spectrum of participants who delve into broad historical issues and topics of socio-political significance.

Members of the AUUC Winnipeg Branch were especially proud when our Ukrainian Labour Temple was designated a heritage building by the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, and the Federal Government. Massive repairs to this building were made possible by generous donations by AUUC members and friends across Canada and with the support of the provincial and civic governments.

We remain committed to the Association's goals of promoting and preserving Ukrainian Canadian ultural heritage and to the cause of social justice for all.

AUUC Ottawa Branch
24 Attwood Crescent, Ottawa, ON K2E 5A9, Phone: (613) 228-0990

AUUC Sudbury Branch
Jubilee Centre, 195 Applegrove Street, Sudbury, ON P3C 1N4, Phone: (705) 674-5534

The Jubilee Folk Ensemble, associated with the AUUC Sudbury Branch, has roots dating back four generations to the first Branch 40 orchestra in the 1920's. From its Ukrainian immigrant beginnings, the Jubilee Folk Ensemble enters the new millennium with Canadians from numerous cultural backgrounds. The orchestra follows the tradition of folk music-music originating from ordinary people around the world. The Jubilee Folk Ensemble is conducted by Oryst Sawchuk. It is in great demand to play at special events in Sudbury and vicinity.

AUUC Toronto Branch
Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 1604 Bloor Street West, Toronto ON, M6P 1A7, tel: (416) 588-1639, Fax: (4160 588-9180; wilfredszczesny@gmail.com

While early Ukrainian immigrants were sent to scattered farm communities in Western Canada, some did settle in Ontario. Throughout the Canadian Shield, men worked in nickel and gold mines, railroad "extra gangs", and logging camps. Those in Toronto laid sewers, paved roads and helped build large plants. Immigrant women worked at housework and whatever jobs they could find in textiles and needle trades, laundries and factories.

Cultural activities helped ease their labour aches and pains, their feelings of loneliness and their nostalgia for family left behind. Programs of plays, concerts and skits were well under way before the First World War and provided some solace for Toronto Ukrainians on hearing the words and songs of their far-away home. As cultural-educational activities grew with Ukrainian immigration, rented quarters were not adequate to house all this creative activity.

Encouraged by the building of the Ukrainian Labour Temple in Winnipeg, Toronto Ukrainian activists began collecting nickels and dimes, appealing to their audiences for donations for a new building.

Opened in 1927, over the next six decades, The Ukrainian Labour Temple at 300 Bathurst Street became known far and wide for its cultural achievements and prominent participation in community and political affairs. What seemed initially spacious and adequate was soon found barely so, as a host of activities filled its space. Apart from the range of Ukrainian cultural activities, Toronto provided opportunities to study the Ukrainian language and yes, English too, for older immigrants who had no way of studying the language of their new homeland. Seasonal bazaars were week-long affairs with games of chance and skill, delicious Ukrainian food and baking, as well as bushels of donated farm produce which were sold and raffled. Rehearsals, weekly concerts and dramas filled the roster.

This surge of cultural activity carried over to the opening of new labour temples in the Toronto area—West Toronto, East Toronto and New Toronto. Activities in these branches were soon overshadowed by ominous global events. It is not commonly known in Canada that in 1936 Canadians—among them many Ukrainians, mostly members of ULFTA—found their way to a three-year civil war in Spain, serving with the MacKenzie-Papineau brigade. After heroic, uneven battles, many returned wounded while others lay for eternity in Spanish soil.

At the beginning of World War II, many ULFTA leaders and activists were interned in concentration camps, and only in 1942 were the last released. Democratic Canadians petitioned the government to release the arrested anti-fascists and to rescind the anti-ULFTA legislation, which resulted in seizure of property and padlocking of ULFTA halls. After great pressure, the Canadian government returned most of the buildings, including 300 Bathurst Street, in 1945.

Many ULFTA members served in all branches of the Canadian armed forces, while the women used our hall as a centre for providing parcels of aid and comfort to our fighting men. Our cultural groups performed at military camps and many concerts were held to raise money for war bonds. Many members of the Toronto ULFTA Brass Band joined in the Navy Show of the armed forces. Returning veterans were honoured with a large WELCOME HOME BANQUET held in a downtown hotel in Toronto.

In the post-war years, national festivals, held in various localities, won great recognition for our association and displayed the richness of Ukrainian culture before many thousands of our fellow Canadians.

The newly formed Toronto English-speaking branch took its place along side the men and women's branches of our newly named AUUC. The branch was large and active in promoting The Ukrainian Canadian newspaper, in the English language, commencing in 1947 and in volunteering to enhance the Camp Palermo grounds-both major initiatives. Camp Palermo greatly enriched our organizational activities both culturally and in our Ukrainian community, climaxing with the unveiling, in 1951, of the first Taras Shevchenko monument in North America.

Today 300 Bathurst and Camp Palermo are gone, our press is combined into an English-Ukrainian newspaper and our Toronto branches have combined into one AUUC Branch No 1 in our new AUUC Cultural Centre at 1604 Bloor Street West. We have a solid core of experienced and devoted AUUC members who meet regularly and have every intention of carrying our proud Toronto tradition into the 21st century.

AUUC Welland Branch
Ukrainian Labour Temple, 342 Ontario Road, Welland, ON L3B 5C5, Phone: (905) 732-5656. Part of the AUUC Welland Branch is Welland Mandolin Orchestra, Women's Choir and Weland Senior Citizen Club.

The Association of United Ukrainian Canadians in Welland has promoted, nurtured and supported cultural activities right from its inception.

In 1917, a Ukrainian Labour Temple was constructed at the end of Sixth Street in Welland near the Welland Canal. It was not only Welland's first Ukrainian Community Centre but was also the first Ukrainian Labour Temple in Canada.

As soon as it was built, a drama club began to function and a few years later, a Ukrainian language school was begun. With volunteers doing the teaching, the schooling was provided at no cost to the parents of the children who attended.

From these early beginnings the first Mandolin Orchestra was initiated in 1926. This same year the Hall was moved to its present location on the corner of Ontario Road and Beatrice Street.

Aside from the Orchestra many of the same activities are carried on today by the next generation of children who are now the elders in the organization.

Perohy are made and sold every second week. The A.U.U.C has its regular meetings as well as the Shevchenko Seniors' Club which continues to be active and contributes to the cultural and other activities at the Labour Temple.

The Welland A.U.U.C. is proud of its contribution to the City of Welland and the entire Region of Niagara and is so recognized by the area.