Canada-Ukraine Foundation

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Welcome

Andrew Tarapacky is principal of Projects at Work Inc. providing project and program management consulting services for the development and delivery of new products and services, technologies and processes. His clients include Sprint, TELUS Communications, Rogers Communications, Loblaw and Blackberry (previously known as Research in Motion).

Prior to starting Projects at Work, Andrew worked in Insurance, Banking and Telecommunications industries in progressively more senior management positions.

Andrew is a graduate of University of Toronto where he majored in Economics. He holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) and ITIL designation and is a member of the Project Management Institute.

In addition to the Board appointment at CUF, Andrew is on the Board of multiple organizations. These include as follows: 1) Secretary of the Board at BCU Financial (Buduchnist Credit Union) where he also chairs the Audit and Technology Committees, 2) Executive and treasurer of Plast Canada, 3) Executive and treasurer of the Council of Ukrainian Credit Unions (CUCUC), 4) Executive and treasurer of the League of Ukrainian Canadians (LUC National). In addition to these roles, Andrew chairs the Audit Committee at Ukrainian Canadian Congress (Toronto Branch) and is Audit committee member for Homin Ukrainy (Ukrainian Echo) Newspaper.

Roman Litwinchuk, CPA, ACUIC is the Chief Operating Officer of Ukrainian Credit Union Limited. Roman has worked in the Credit Union system for over 30 years with various credit unions and in many leadership roles. His experience includes finance, accounting, operations, sales, service, information technology, and project management.

Roman studied engineering at the University of Toronto before embarking on his financial career. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and an Associate of the Credit Union Institute of Canada.

He is the President of the Board of Compass Charitable Foundation (non-profit housing foundation), and past Treasurer of the Ukrainian National Federation, a member of the Credit Union Manager’s Association and a member of St. Elias Ukrainian Catholic Church in Brampton.

Yaroslav Baran is a partner with the Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Ottawa’s oldest public affairs consultancy.  He joined Earnscliffe following a long and accomplished career in the federal political arena.  He co-manages Earnscliffe’s communications practice, and is also heavily involved in public policy development projects for a broad range of clients and sectors.

The Hamilton, Ontario, native has lived in Ottawa since 1997.  He worked for several years as a House of Commons proceduralist in the Office of the Chief Opposition Whip before embarking on a career in political communications.  He managed the press office of the Office of the Leader of the Opposition for numerous years, served as Director of Communications in former prime minister Stephen Harper’s leadership campaign, and ran “war room” communications for the conservative Party through three successive election campaigns – in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Mr. Baran currently serves as President of the Ottawa chapter of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.  He has a lifetime of involvement in the Ukrainian Youth Association, is also active with the League of Ukrainian Canadians in Ottawa, Euromaidan Ottawa, and is on the advisory committee for Buduchnist Credit Union in Ottawa.

He is also on the board of directors of the Parliamentary Centre, an Ottawa-based NGO focused on capacity-building and democratic development internationally.  Mr. Baran has organized, managed and run democracy promotion projects on four continents, including a leadership role in four Canadian election observation missions to Ukraine.

Tania Melnyk is a retired senior public servant with more than 25 years experience at both federal and provincial levels of government, primarily in the areas of economic development and financial administration.  She has represented Canada at international negotiations regarding Canada’s participation in the World Bank and Regional Development Banks and has played a major role in developing regional and local economic development strategies for the Province of Ontario.  Her early career was spent in financial control and results-based management.  After retiring from the public service, Ms. Melnyk was appointed to two terms as a member of the Committee of Adjustment in Toronto.

A large part of Ms. Melnyk’s volunteer activity has focused on Ukraine. She has been a lifelong member of PLAST Ukrainian Youth Association, as a leader and community organizer. She served on the Board of Directors of the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund and was active in all aspects of the Help us Help the Children Project.  More recently Ms. Melnyk has devoted most of her efforts to fundraising for the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. Ms. Melnyk graduated from the University of Toronto in Honours Political Science and Economics. She completed course work toward an MBA at York University and holds an Ontario Securities Course Certificate.

Over the past 25 years Dana Bagan has been involved with the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund. In her capacity as a Board member and Head of the Medical Committee of the Fund, she participated in six medical missions to Ukraine where we oversaw numerous projects and programs in healthcare.  Her team performed due diligence on behalf of the fund, ensuring that all donated medical equipment and supplies were used appropriately but also identified important gaps in medical education and training. The medical missions provided us with insight into the healthcare system in Ukraine and the challenges faced by Ukrainian health care professionals.

She currently serves on the Board of the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre where she chairs the Quality and Risk Management Committee.

Dana Bagan holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto, is a licensed pharmacist and member of numerous professional associations.

Bohdan Kolos is President of Plast, Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada (Ukrainian Scouting). Bohdan graduated from Western University, earned a Masters of Education degree from the University of Toronto, and became a Certified Health Executive and Certified Management Accountant.  After working for 25 years as an educator, he now is active in a number of charities in Canada and Ukraine.  He represents “Friends of Dzherelo” on the CUF Board.

Bohdan has filled many leadership roles with Plast. Locally, nationally and internationally he contributes to Plast programing and governance.  Bohdan has been actively involved on the Boards of a number of charities: Canadian Ukrainian Art Foundation, Shevchenko Scientific Society of Canada, Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund, Dzherelo Children’s Rehabilitation Centre (Lviv), and St. Nicholas church parish council.  

In Ukraine, Bohdan developed and regularly teaches courses for secondary school administrators, and coordinates a students’ stipend fund in seven universities and schools in Western Ukraine. On four occasions Bohdan worked as an observer and team leader in short term election monitoring in Ukraine for the Canadian government, and once, in Moldova for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Bohdan considers himself a seasoned traveler, an adventure hiker-camper, and an arts and culture admirer.

Dr. Linda Dudar is the former Dean of Education at St. Mary’s University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Her educational journey includes a Bachelor of Education and Music Degree, a Master of Arts in Administration and Curriculum and a Doctorate in Philosophy.

She holds over 35 years of teaching, administrative and leadership experience in both Catholic and public school districts in Western Canada and has led Canada’s only Bachelor of Education program designed to prepare teachers for Catholic as well as Non-Catholic schools.

As an award-winning musician, educator, and school administrator, she has shared her research and her teaching nationally and internationally including in the United States, Ukraine, Taiwan, Italy and England.

As well, Dr. Dudar has been appointed the chair of the Association of Alberta Deans of Education.

In addition to numerous teaching and administrative awards, Dr. Dudar is the recipient of the Hetman Award presented by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress acknowledging her leadership work in the Ukrainian Canadian community in Alberta and the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Ukrainian-Canadian Professional & Business Association of Calgary in recognition of her contributions over the course of several decades to the social, cultural, educational and spiritual fabric of communities in Canada and Ukraine as an educator, university administrator, choral director and social visionary.

Dr. Dudar has been the music director of St. Stephen’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Choir for the last 37 years.   Her leadership in this music ministry has led to several music recordings and performances within and outside of Canada.

Her doctoral research in educational leadership at the University of Calgary focused on time-sensitive organizational change. This study reports new findings of how difficult changes are implemented much faster than previously thought. Emerging from this study is a model that depicts a sequential and systematic process which is evidence-based, research-informed and encompasses insights from leaders and stakeholders. Key elements for the success of a time-sensitive change initiative are presented.

Her current research and recently co-authored book Accelerating Change in Schools explored her research of leaders and stakeholders’ perspectives.

Major Oksana Kuzyshyn graduated from McGill University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics).  She joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985 and completed her training as a Logistics Supply Officer. 

Oksana deployed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), Israel as the Supply Platoon Officer from 1998 – 1999.  Upon her return, she was posted to Area Support Unit (ASU) Calgary where she was the Deputy Commanding Officer.  In 2000 she was promoted to the rank of Major and was posted to Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies (CFSAS) Winnipeg as a staff officer.  Major Kuzyshyn transferred to the Reserve Force in January 2001 and worked as the G4 Operations Officer 41 Canadian Brigade Group in Calgary.  In September 2003, Oksana moved to Toronto and held a number of positions at Land Force Central Area. She deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in May 2004 and worked as the Logistics Plans Officer with the Stabilization Force (SFOR) headquarters in Sarajevo.  In 2008, her husband’s career had the family moving back to Calgary, where Major Kuzyshyn returned to 41 CBG as the Community Affairs Officer. After the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, she deployed to the military headquarters of United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) as the U4 Logistics Operations Officer.  Oksana is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Oksana has been working for the Federal Government as a contracts officer since her retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces in May 2014. 

Oksana and her husband John moved to Montreal in 2017, where they plan to retire. Oksana is a member of the Ukrainian Youth Association CYM, a board member of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, an active member of the Ukrainian community in Montreal, and currently is the President of the League of Ukrainian Canadian Women.

Major Oksana Kuzyshyn graduated from McGill University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics).  She joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985 and completed her training as a Logistics Supply Officer. 

Oksana deployed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), Israel as the Supply Platoon Officer from 1998 – 1999.  Upon her return, she was posted to Area Support Unit (ASU) Calgary where she was the Deputy Commanding Officer.  In 2000 she was promoted to the rank of Major and was posted to Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies (CFSAS) Winnipeg as a staff officer.  Major Kuzyshyn transferred to the Reserve Force in January 2001 and worked as the G4 Operations Officer 41 Canadian Brigade Group in Calgary.  In September 2003, Oksana moved to Toronto and held a number of positions at Land Force Central Area. She deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in May 2004 and worked as the Logistics Plans Officer with the Stabilization Force (SFOR) headquarters in Sarajevo.  In 2008, her husband’s career had the family moving back to Calgary, where Major Kuzyshyn returned to 41 CBG as the Community Affairs Officer. After the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, she deployed to the military headquarters of United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) as the U4 Logistics Operations Officer.  Oksana is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Oksana has been working for the Federal Government as a contracts officer since her retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces in May 2014. 

Oksana and her husband John moved to Montreal in 2017, where they plan to retire. Oksana is a member of the Ukrainian Youth Association CYM, a board member of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, an active member of the Ukrainian community in Montreal, and currently is the President of the League of Ukrainian Canadian Women.

A successful and experienced sales and marketing professional who has worked at global leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, Orest is well respected for his leadership capability, strategic planning expertise and passion for delivering results. Orest’s successes in industry include leading the launches of a novel, highly specialized therapy for an ultra-orphan blood disorder, and a blockbuster drug for advanced cancer patients. Orest co-founded and launched Men’s Health Solutions, a company focused on the optimization of patient outcomes in male-specific diseases, which evolved to become Canada’s largest network of male health clinics.

Orest has also worked as a healthcare consultant, helping clients evaluate and re-focus their strategic plans and programs. His past clients include: multi-national pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, professional associations, healthcare start-ups, specialty and community pharmacies. He is currently a member of the Oncology team at Sanofi Genzyme Canada, helping bring new cancer therapies to Canadian patients.

Orest has dedicated a significant amount of his time volunteering for ethnic arts & culture organizations, and grassroots community organizations. Orest is a member of the Board of Directors at the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko (2016-present) and was appointed UCC’s National Advocacy chair in 2019, after leading the Education Committee at UCC Toronto (2014-2018). At the Shevchenko Foundation, Orest has played central roles on the governance and communications committees, as well as the launch of several novel initiatives including the MITACS and REACH programs, and the inaugural TRYZUB Awards Gala.

Orest’s ability to align a diverse set of stakeholders around a common cause and come to a mutually agreeable solution has been demonstrated on several education and arts-related issues over the past decade.

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