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Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Program celebrates 30 years of operation in Canada’s Parliament Part 7

May 20, 2020 | Featured

Ihor Bardyn, Canada Ukraine Parliamentary Program.

On July 16, 1990, the Supreme Soviet of the Ukrainian SSR adopted the Declaration of Sovereignty, which declared that Parliament recognized the need to build the Ukrainian state based on the Rule of Law.

On August 24, 1991, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the Declaration of Independence, which the citizens of Ukraine endorsed in the referendum of December 1, 1991. Also in 1991 Canadians celebrated the Centennial of Ukrainian group immigration to Canada. To mark the Centennial, Canadian organizations planned programs and projects to celebrate this milestone in Canada’s history.

The Chair of Ukrainian Studies Foundation of Toronto marked the Centennial by establishing the CANADA-UKRAINE PARLIAMENTARY PROGRAM (CUPP), an internship program for Ukrainian and Canadian university students.

CUPP gives Ukrainian and Canadian students an opportunity to observe parliamentary democracy and gain experience from which generations of Canadian, American and West European students have benefited.

Since 1991, over 1,000 Ukrainian and Canadian students have participated in the CUPP Internship Program, and the CUPP Model Ukraine Conferences held at Wycliffe College of the University of Toronto, George Washington University in Washington D.C., USA, University of Ottawa, Oxford University in the U.K., Kyiv-Mohyla University in Ukraine, Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Trinity College of the University of Toronto and the Government Conference Centre in Ottawa.

The biographical sketches published in the NP-UN will introduce the 34 university students who will serve an internship in the offices of 34 Members of Parliament during the Fall Sitting of the Canadian Parliament in 2020.

Please support the CUPP Internship Program by sending a donation to CUPP (cheque payable to Chair of Ukrainian Studies Foundation), 620 Spadina Avenue, Toronto ON M5S 2H4 or call 416-234-9111 Ext. 241. Your donation is tax deductible.

Anton Morgun

Anton Morgun is a candidate for the CUPP 2020 internship program.
He holds a Master’s degree in Law from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and a Bachelor’s degree in management from Kryvyi Rih National University.
After graduation, Anton became one of the youngest chief advisors in Verkhovna Rada. As an advisor he has acquired expertise in parliamentary procedures and the legal status of parliamentary committees and investigative commissions. Anton is a member of the working group on drafting a new law for Ukraine titled “On Parliamentary Service”.
In his free time, he enjoys tennis and loves singing and cooking. A few years ago, Anton participated in the All-Ukrainian culinary television show “Master Chef” and entered the top 100 best amateur cooks in the country.
Anton is convinced that there are no peaks that cannot be conquered, you only need to believe and take a small step towards it every day.

Dmytro Nestor

Dmytro Nestor is a candidate for the CUPP 2020 internship program.
He earned his Specialist degree (M.D.) with a diploma with honors at Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Ukraine. During his studies, Dmytro started volunteering at Ukrainian Medical Students’ Association (UMSA), a non-profit organization which provides different educational and scientific opportunities for medical students.
Along with his colleagues, he founded several projects that aim to promote integrated problem-based learning approaches at medical universities in Ukraine, and bring internationally-recognized health professionals from the USA, Canada, Germany, UK and other countries. In 2019, one of the projects was awarded a grant by the Germany Academic Exchange Service, enabling to organize a Summer School for more than 50 Ukrainian medical students.
Currently, he is working in USAID SAFE MED project aimed to strengthen the pharmaceutical sector of the health care system in Ukraine, and continue his volunteering activities, while serving as the Vice-President at UMSA.
Dmytro likes music and sang in a church choir for 12 years, likes hiking and reading. His favorite famous Ukrainian is Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky.
Dmytro’s dream is to establish a medical center for children and launch a charity foundation.

Viktoriia Onykiienko

Viktoriia Onykiienko is a candidate for the CUPP 2020 internship program.
She earned her BA degree in Philology at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and MA degree in Journalism at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Currently, she is developing her professional career in communications. Particularly, she is working as a communication advisor at the Ministry for Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture and a consultant at the World Bank. Viktoriia has become an important aide in Ukraine’s effort to promote and inform on agriculture and rural reform actions. She is responsible for developing and implementing the land reform communications strategy.
Next to her academic and professional development, she has continually dedicated a lot of time and effort to activism and volunteering. For the last five years, she has been a member of an organization called Youth of Democratic Alliance, working on political education and youth empowerment. As a board member, she is in charge of International Affairs. Having an interest in the Eastern Partnership, Viktoriia participated in a competition and became a Young European Ambassador within the program implemented by the EU Neighbours East Project where she addresses young people in Ukraine with promoting EU values such as human rights and women’s empowerment.
In her free time she likes to read books, learn French, and doing sports like swimming or yoga. Her favourite Ukrainian author is Oksana Zabuzhko. Favourite song is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

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