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Week of June 28, 2004
Ukrainian Catholic Woman's League celebrates 60 years
Special to the WCR
The Ukrainian Catholic Women's League of Canada celebrated its 60th anniversary June 13 with a celebration at St. Josaphat's Hall.
The league was founded June 13, 1944 at a conference in Winnipeg that brought together representatives of Ukrainian Catholic women's organizations from several parts of Canada.
It was only during the Second World War that these groups felt the need to unite on a national level to facilitate their war efforts and other projects.
The organization was founded with four aims:
Today the UCWLC has 113 branches in six provinces with a membership of 5,300.
- To develop and enrich the spiritual life of each member.
- To preserve, develop and perpetuate Ukrainian language and culture.
- To strengthen the spiritual and moral values of Ukrainian Catholics in Canadian society.
- To initiate and support charitable and social programs.
At the June 13 celebration, recognition was given to the 112 living founding members of the league in Alberta. They were presented with special certificates and icons in recognition of the occasion.
Lena Sloboda, past national UCWLC president, told the group that while times have changed, the goals of the organization remain the same.
She paid tribute to the rich history of the league and its role in preserving Christian heritage and the Ukrainian language and culture.