Ukrainian Self-Reliance League of Canada
Союз Українців Самостійників Канади

The Formation of CYC was preceded by numerous activities of Ukrainian intellectuals in Canada. These 'narodowtsi', as they were commonly referred to, recognized the needs of the fledgling Ukrainian community in Canada. They were instrumental in organizing associations and institutions to address these needs. Some important products of this process were the Ruthenian (Ukrainian) Teachers' Association (1906) and the Ukrainian Voice newspaper (1910).

A critical endeavor was the formation of the Peter Mohyla Ukrainian Institute in Saskatoon in 1916. Important also was the maintenance of the institute as a non-sectarian residence. This caused strained relations with the Ukrainian Catholic Church who wanted the institute to serve catholic students only.

The desire among a growing number of faithful, to have Ukrainian priests, to have local lay control of church property, and to be served by married clergy, lead to the founding of the Ukrainian Orthodox Brotherhood and the subsequent founding of the Ukrainian Greek-Orthodox (UGO) Church of Canada in 1918. Both Mohyla Institute and the Brotherhood were founded by the same 'narodowtsi' under the leadership of individuals like Vasyl' Kudryk and Michael Stechishin. To offset the potential abuses by clergy, as was perceived to be occurring in the UG Catholic Church, the Church governance of the UG Orthodox Church was structured to call for equal numbers of clergy and laity in the administrative body, the Consistory. Bishops would be elected by the Church membership, rather than appointed by the hierarchy, as was usual Church practice.

The 'narodowtsi' and the P. Mohyla Institute held annual conventions at the Institute through the 1920's, usually in December. The Institute was a shareholder corporation, religiously unaffiliated. In 1919, The M. Hrushevsky Institute (later St. John's), was founded by the 'narodowtsi' based on the Mohyla Institute model.

Out of the Mohyla Institute came the founding of the women's society "Mohylianky" in 1923. In the same year, the O. Kobylianska Women's Association was formed in Saskatoon. It became the first Branch of what became the Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada in 1926. An instrumental leader in the women's movement was Savella Stechishin.

In 1927 the 'narodowtsi', founded CYC or the Ukrainian Self-Reliance League. A major original goal of CYC was to assist Ukrainians in Ukraine.

CYMK was formed in 1931. CYMK and the UWAC grew in many communities because branches were formed as a result of their organizational efforts. CYC assisted in these efforts. It was a nationalistic movement and recruited members without regard to religious affiliation. P. Mohyla Institute also recruited and trained its student residents in a non-sectarian manner......
The Goals of CYC

G1. Develop and implement a comprehensive communication program.

G2. Promote the development of cultural programs within local chapters of member organizations and provide a vehicle for the reporting and dissemination of these programs and content to others.

G3. Promote events on a district or provincial basis to better utilize human and financial resources so as to create a more exciting and appealing final product.

G4. Create a database of human resources that are "experts" in various fields of Ukrainian culture.

G5. Promote CYC concepts, ideals and events in the media. G6. Develop programming geared towards cultivating strong leadership skills.

G7. Create and promote resources for effective management of an organization. G8. Ensure that all members are aware of and practice the tenets of effective leadership.

G9. Strengthen the relationship between C.Y.C. (U.S.R.L.) and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada.

G10. Act in consultation with the Church on politically sensitive issues.

G11. To encourage members to lead lives based upon principles of self-respect, self-reliance and resourcefulness and to guide their lives by the highest moral and ethical standards.

G12. Nurture the growth of CYMK

G13. Provide support to component organizations in areas of fund raising and membership recruitment. G14. Develop leadership programs utilizing the richness and expertise within the CYC membership.

The Objectives of CYC

1. Produce print material promoting its aims and objectives as well as those of its component organizations.

2. Organize workshops and educational opportunities.

3. Provide a format for wording resolutions at conventions.

4. Develop a meeting guidebook.

5. Develop a web site.

6. Ensure that all component organizations have fax and email capabilities.

7. Develop a national newsletter.

8. Model effective leadership behaviors.

9. Develop and circulate a data-collecting questionnaire to component organizations regarding the 'expertise' available among members related to various fields of the Ukrainian culture.

10. Produce a media kit.

11. Establish a liaison process with UOCC.

12. Develop and implement a financial plan.

13. Develop and implement a marketing plan.

14. Employ part-time or full time paid staff to facilitate implementation of these objectives.

15. Provide financial and human resource assistance to CYMK related to membership recruitment and programming.

16. Develop a resource manual of fund raising strategies and educational programming activities.

Board of Directors

President - Dr. Peter Kondra, Hamilton
Vice-President - Dennis Kuchta, Edmonton
Secretary - Darcia Moskaluk-Rutkay, Toronto
Treasurer - Michael Kalimin, Toronto
Past President - Dr. Tony Harras, Regina

Directors at Large
Director for Communications - Daria Olynyk, Toronto
Director for Culture - Christine Zwozdesky, Edmonton
Director for Leadership - Jars Balan, Edmonton

Other Directors
Chaplain - Fr. Bohdan Hladio, Oshawa
President, CYMK-UOY - Max Kowalchuk, Winnipeg
Representative of Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada - Elaine Harasymiw, Edmonton

Representatives of Affiliate Organizations
Bill Strus - President, SUS Foundation of Canada,  Oakville
Mark Olynyk - Director, St. Vladimir Institute, Toronto
Tania Mysak - Chair, St. John's Institute, Edmonton
Steve Senyk - Chair,  St. Petro Mohyla  Institute, Saskatoon
Alicia Klopoushak - Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Saskatoon



Contact Information:

National USRL (CYC) Office
3338 Lake Shore Blvd. West,
Etobicoke, ON M8W 1M9