• To promote the interests and advance the welfare in general of Ukrainian communities in Canada by engaging in charitable activities
  • To provide social support services to individuals and families in need, and particularly to seniors and new immigrants
  • To provide financial assistance to needy persons
  • To work together with other Ukrainian charitable organizations, as well as government and other community agencies, in delivering aid programs
  • To assess the needs of Ukrainian communities in Canada and initiate programs to respond to the identified social issues and needs
  • To encourage and promote volunteerism in the community
  • To encourage and promote education in the field of social work and related disciplines.


  • UCSS is directed and administered by a volunteer Board of Directors and an Executive elected at the Convention.† Presidents of all branches are members of the Board of Directors.
  • The UCSS Convention is held every three years during the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.† In addition, Annual Meetings are held.
  • As a national organization, UCSS is a member of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
  • UCSS is also a member of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) and is part of the World Council of Ukrainian Social Services at UWC.


Ukrainian Canadian Social Services has its roots in the Ukrainian Canadian Relief Fund, which was established in 1945 by the Ukrainian Canadian Committee (currently the Ukrainian Canadian Congress).

  • The Ukrainian Canadian Relief Fund assisted Ukrainian refugees arriving in Canada after the Second World War, as well as those still waiting in Europe.
  • By the 1950ís, as Ukrainian refugees arrived and settled in Canada, it became apparent that there was a need for general social services to better serve this group and over time, the Ukrainian Canadian Relief Fund was re-organized and became known as Ukrainian Canadian Social Services.† The Head Office was in Winnipeg with branches in Thunder Bay and Toronto.† The first president was Prof. Ostap Zurawsky.
  • In 1970, the Head Office was re-located to Toronto.
  • UCSS was incorporated by Letters Patent under the Canada Corporations Act in 1979.† In addition, several branches (Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton) are incorporated under provincial legislation.

National Headquarters

Bozhena Iwanusiw


PO BOX 74529,
270 The Kingsway, Etobicoke,
ON, M9A 5E2

(416) 766-5812

(416) 766-9916 (fax)


Edmonton Branch

Bill Shostak


11717 – 97th Street      EDMONTON, AB, T5G 1Y3


Hamilton Branch

Tamara Dudka


1252 Barton St. East, HAMILTON, ON, L8H 2V9



Manitoba Branch

Yaroslava Demko President

235 McGregor St., WINNIPEG, MB, R2W 4W5

(204) 582-0138

(204) 582-0138 (fax)


Montreal Branch

Nadia Vertii-Cechmistro President

3244 Beaubien Est, #206


(514) 729-9540

(514) 729-2745 (fax)


Ottawa Branch

Victoria Kasyan


72 Westpointe Cres

Nepean, ON

K2G 5Y9

(613) 225-1713



St.Catharines Branch

Eugene Staszko


16 Dixie Rd.  St. CATHARINES, ON L2N 7N5

(905) 934-5751


Toronto Branch

Oleh Holowaty


2445 Bloor St. West, TORONTO, ON, M6S 1P7

(416) 763-4982

(416) 763-3997 (fax)


Vancouver Branch

Joy Richmond


22308-124 Avenue, #4

Maple Ridge, BC

V2X 0R6

(604) 477-0171