New Pathway – Ukrainian News.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Canada’s Governor General, visited Toronto’s branch of Ukrainian National Foundation of Canada on Friday April 1. This was the second day of Gov. Gen. Mary Simon’s first official visit since her installation. After her visit to Kapapamahchakwew – Wandering Spirit School in Toronto’s East End, where she met with students and faculty and learned about Anishinaabe cultural traditions, the Governor General paid a visit to the Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation KUMF gallery and the UNO bistro at 145 Evans Ave. in Etobicoke.
At the KUMF gallery, Simon was greeted by leaders of the Ukrainian National Federation, Ukrainian Credit Union, Canada Ukraine Foundation, the Help Us Help charity, Ukrainian Association of Visual Artists of Canada (USOM) and Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation (KUMF).
Simon spoke with the KUMF and USOM representatives Oleh Lesiuk, Christina Kudryk and Irma Osadsa about the gallery’s current exhibits and their cultural significance. The current charitable exhibition “Artists Stand With Ukraine” is organized by USOM in collaboration with KUMF, and all the proceeds will go towards charitable causes in Ukraine.
Christina Kudryk gifted her graphic artwork to Mary Simon. Simon and her husband Whit Fraser purchased two paintings, “Still Life” by Oksana Andrushchenko and “Five Stairs” by Roman Rozumny.
Simon and Fraser were then treated to a traditional Ukrainian lunch of borsch, varenyky and holubtsi at the newly opened UNO Bistro. The luncheon with Ukrainian community leaders helped establish Governor General’s grounded connection with the Ukrainian community. Simon was presented with different insights from the community leaders, giving Her Excellency a deep understanding of the Ukrainian Canadian community’s contribution to war relief efforts.
According to UNF Toronto’s President Adam Pecio, it seemed that Gov. Gen. Mary Simon established a genuine connection with the Ukrainian Canadian community through the direct interaction with the Ukrainian artistic culture and cuisine.