Runnymede Healthcare Centre’s patients celebrate Independence Day

Kim Pham of Runnymede Healthcare Centre’s Activation/Recreation department speaks during the celebration

New Pathway – Ukrainian News.

Ukraine’s Independence Day, which falls on August 24, has been celebrated in many Ukrainian Canadian communities. On August 27, Runnymede Healthcare Centre (Toronto) held a Ukrainian Heritage Celebration and Service for its patients.

The celebration was initiated by one of the Centre’s patients and a long-time member of the Ukrainian Canadian community, Marta Chomyn. During the celebration, Chomyn provided an insight into long-term ties within the group of the Centre’s Ukrainian patients and their involvement with the wider community.

L-R: Rev. Ivan Palisa and Rt. Rev. Protopresbyter Bohdan Sencio bless the audience Photos: NP-UN

Rt. Rev. Protopresbyter Bohdan Sencio (Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Volodymyr, Toronto) and Rev. Ivan Palisa (St. Demetrius the Great Martyr Ukrainian Catholic Church, Toronto) served a prayer and blessed the fruits to mark the Transfiguration of Our Lord holiday.

Marta Chomyn (at the back) speaks to the audience at Runnymede Health Centre on Aug.27

The celebration continued with a group of Ukrainian performers, a Korol and Turko family band invited by Marta Chomyn, playing several Ukrainian religious, pop and folk songs. The band and audience sang-along to several songs.

Korol and Turko family band

At the end, Nadia Iashan of the Ukrainian Credit Union’s Marketing Department gave away UCU-sponsored gifts. Coffee, refreshments and snacks were served.

Nadia Iashan distributes away UCU-sponsored gifts

Kim Pham of Runnymede Healthcare Centre’s Activation/Recreation department, who also spoke at the celebration, told NP-UN that the Centre looks to develop and sustain strong relationships and build more partnerships with the Ukrainian community.

Runnymede Healthcare Centre is a 206-bed rehabilitation and complex continuing care hospital located at 625 Runnymede Rd, in the west end of Toronto. It primarily serves patients through three transitional inpatient programs that offer therapy 7 days a week: High Tolerance Short Duration Rehabilitation program (Active Rehab); Low Tolerance Long Duration Rehabilitation program (Slow Stream Rehab); and Medically Complex program.