On November 6, 1979, an organizational committee founded the women's branch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Anthony's in the west end of Edmonton. In 1980, the organization was incorporated into the Ukrainian Women's Association of Canada (UWAC) and, at that time, became Alberta's newest branch. The members of the newly formed branch decided to adopt St. Anna of Kyiv (Princess) as our Patron Saint. This was appropriate as our first meeting was held in November. We now commemorate the Venerable St. Anna on the 16th of November (Gregorian calendar) or the 3rd of November (Julian calendar).
Main Goals & Objectives (from the UWAC Constitution)
- To support and execute all manner of deeds and acts that contribute to the continual growth of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada and encourage members to practice and live by Christian principles as enunciated by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada.
- To work diligently to preserve, develop, and nurture the Ukrainian cultural heritage and traditions as a distinctive contribution to the national culture of Canada.
- To actively foster the principles of cultural cooperation and education within Canadian society.
Projects and Activities
- Bake sales – We will have homemade paska & babka, chiffon cakes and cinnamon buns; freshly baked fruit pies; and a plethora of other home baking. In addition, we will be selling frozen pyrohy; cabbage rolls; and perennial favorites nalysnyky, and pyroshky. We will also have gluten-free sausage available for purchase, ground poppyseed, and more. See our Store for more information.
- Cookbooks – The following cookbooks are available for sale: a) Baba's Cook Book: Volume l; b) Ukrainian Daughter's Cookbook; c) Lenten Cookbook: A Collection of Vegan / Vegetarian Recipes; and, d) From Baba With Love. These can be ordered from our Store.
- Food sales – St. Anna's regularly has frozen Ukrainian food and cookbooks for sale including: Pyrohy – potato / cheddar cheese, potato / cottage cheese, and potato / onion and Cabbage Rolls Sweet Leaf.
- Fellowship luncheons – A complimentary fellowship lunch is served after the Divine Liturgy on most Sundays. The lunch is provided by volunteers, both men and women, from the Parish and coordinated by members of UWAC-St. Anna's Branch. Please see the Volunteers page for team schedules. (Suspended due to Covid-19 regulations).
- Pyrohy dinners – Our popular pyrohy dinners are held approximately eight times a year. Currently, two dinners types are available as take-out. All meals are served with sour cream, onion, coleslaw, and dessert. Pre-ordered dinners can be picked up on the designated Fridays between 4:30 - 7:30 PM. See our Store for dates and to order.
2021 Executive Board
- President – Sylvia Gray
- Past President – Kimberley Gutsche
- Vice President – Isabella Deleanu
- Secretary – Dobr. Julie Chrapko
- Treasurer – Claire Lauro
- Auditors – Lillian Rule, Darlene Pecush and Nadine Pidluzny
- Fundraising – Lil Tymchuk
- Archives – Annette Boyko
- Museum – Sylvia Gray
- Kiosk – Isabella Deleanu, Sylvia Gray
We presently have a total of 62 devoted members. Branch meetings are held monthly and our Annual General Meeting is held in January of each year. Our 2021 AGM was Sunday, January 24.
Aside from the contributions to Church supplies and equipment, over time St. Anna's Branch has supported and donated conscientiously to the following outside organizations:
- St. Andrew's College
- Ukrainian Bilingual Language Association of Alberta
- 'Bar-V-Nok' and 'Kiev's Ki-Hi' Camps
- Chalice Canada [Christian Child Care International re: 'Pochaiv' Project (Child Sponsorship)]
- 'Pochaiv' Orphanage (clothes, tractor/harrows/trailer)
- 'Sokal' (Student Awards) & 'Pochaiv' Safe House (extension of 'Pochaiv' Orphanage) Projects - Ukraine
- Canadian Red Cross (re: earthquake victims in India and El Salvador)
- Ivan Franko School of Ukrainian Studies
- Rainbow Society
- St. John's Institute [re: annual student exchange, spiritual missions (sponsorship) & 'Osvita' (Ukrainian Summer Language Camp)] Programs
- St. John's 'Sadochok'
- Ukrainian Canadian Social Services
- Edmonton Police Foundation (re: helicopter)
- Lessard Community (re: playground equipment)
- St. Stephen's Cemetery
- Kids Kottage Foundation
- WIN House (Edmonton Women's Shelter)
- Hope Mission
- Local Council of Women (re: 'Make-A-Difference')
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Orthodox Youth Rally in Greece 2007
- Bissell Centre
- Canadian Cycstic Fibrosis Foundation
- Braille Note BT 32 (re: tool for a visually impaired child)
- Youth Emergency Shelter Society
- St. Martin's Bilingual Playschool