Resident Organizations - St Vladimir Institute

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In addition to being a student residence and a cultural centre, St. Vladimir Institute is a home for many community organizations and a venue of choice to hold meetings and celebrations.

Toronto Ukrainian Genealogy Group (TUGG)

The TUGG is a non-profit cultural and educational organization consisting of persons interested in tracing their ancestors, finding the origin and meaning of their surnames and gaining an overall knowledge of Ukrainian genealogy, heraldry, culture, ethnicity, history and geography.

For more information visit:

U of T Ukrainian Students Club (USC)

USC is still the premier vehicle for Ukrainian students at University of Toronto to socialize and to build long-lasting friendships.

For more information visit:

Canadian - Ukrainian Opera Association (CUOA)

Founded in 1974, the CUOA produces and stages complete operas such as Kupalo, Zaporozhets Za Dunayem, and Aieide. In addition, the choral section has performed Ukrainian classical music concerts in such venues as Massey Hall, Roy Thompson Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York.

For more information contact Valentina Kuryliw, President CUOC


Ukrainian Canadian Professional & Business Association of Toronto

UCPBA of Toronto, which celebrated its 70th Anniversary on May 7th, 2005, is an integral part of Toronto's vibrant multicultural community. The main goals of the organization are to meet, interact and network. UCPBA initiates and supports many important community events.

For more information visit:

Ukrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre (UCRDC)

With an eye towards the future the UCRDC is undertaking new projects, designing fresh exhibits and perpetuating its role as a dynamic resource centre within and beyond the Ukrainian Canadian community. The Centre continues to enhance its archival collection of audio and video oral history, unpublished memoirs and photographs.

For more information visit: or call (416) 966-1819.

Canadian Friends of Ukraine (CFU)

CFU is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in l989 to strengthen ties between Canada and Ukraine and promote democracy and reform in Ukraine.

To contact CFU call (416) 964-6644 or email at

St. Vladimir Toastmasters Club

St. Vladimir Toastmasters Club was formed in 1993. Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality.

Through the member clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the art of speaking, listening and thinking - vital skills which promote actualization, enhance leadership potential, foster human understandings, and contribute to the betterment of mankind.

For more information visit:

Chair of Ukrainian Studies Foundation

In 1991, Canadians celebrated the Centennial of Ukrainian group immigration to Canada. The Chair of Ukrainian Studies Foundation of Toronto decided to mark the Centennial by establishing the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program (CUPP) for undergraduate university students from Ukraine. The Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program gives Ukrainian students an opportunity to work and study in the Canadian Parliament and gain experience from which generations of Canadian, American and West European students have benefited. It is hoped that CUPP will contribute to the education of future leaders of Ukraine.

CUPP is a Parliamentary Democracy and Comparative Political Studies Internship Semester in the Canadian House of Commons. The Internship Semester lasts two months and takes place in the spring of each year in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

For more information visit:

Ukrainian Museum of Canada - Ontario Branch

The Institute is home to the Ukrainian Museum of Canada - Ontario Branch.

The Ukrainian Museum of Canada was formed in 1936 (initially known as Ukrainian Arts and Crafts Museum) by the Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada and headquartered in Saskatoon. Other branches are located in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Currently, the Toronto branch houses over 3,000 artefacts and displays yearly exhibits, conducts educational tours and coordinates travelling exhibits.

The artefacts include: kilims, embroidered shirts, rushnyky, folk costumes, headdresses, pysanky, ceramics, maps, Ukrainian currency, postage stamps, books and paintings.

For more information visit:

SUS Foundation

SUS Foundation of Canada, an Institutional member of Self-Reliance League (USRL/CYC), was established in l965 to provide financial support for Ukrainian cultural work in Canada.

USRL/CYC, an umbrella organization, through its constituent member organizations, the Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada (UWAC), the Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association (TYC), the Ukrainian Orthodox Youth (CYMK) and the St. John Fraternal Society have fostered the use and the development of Ukrainian language, culture and the Orthodox faith in Canada.

USRL institutional members: the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, the Institutes (Toronto, Edmonton, Saskatoon), the Union of Community Centres and SUS/USRL Foundation, were created to provide specific services to the Ukrainian Orthodox community and beyond. Throughout its entire history, the SUS family of organizations has strongly supported the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the finest traditions of Ukrainian-Canadians.

For 75 years the (USRL/CYC) has provided leadership and services to the Ukrainian Orthodox community in Canada by fostering the creation of various programs and institutions.

For more information visit:

Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies

CFUS comes home to St. Vlad's residence.

The Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies (CFUS) is a national, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to securing funds and other resources that will promote the growth and development of Ukrainian Studies in Canada, and elsewere, in perpetuity. CFUS believes that university-level Ukrainian Studies are essential for the healthy growth and development of the Ukrainian community in Canada. Such studies will also add to the body of knowledge resulting from the work of scholars in other countries, including Ukraine.

CFUS was created in 1975 under the laws of Canada, on the initiative of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Federation with which it remains closely affiliated. A Board of Directors drawn from various regions of Canada guides the Foundation's work. The Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day activities. The Foundation's current headquarters are in Toronto (for the second time) and have recently relocated to St. Vladimir Institute (also for the second time).

Since its inception in 1975, the Foundation has distributed over $3 million in support of Ukrainian Studies.

For more information visit:

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