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.