The Board of Directors and Staff at St. Vladimir Institute (SVI) are very pleased to announce an eventful year of festivities surrounding this, our 50th Anniversary year, celebrating 50 years of Ukrainian cultural programming and post secondary housing to the GTA Area. With two events scheduled for the fall to recognize this milestone, the excitement is building.
The founders of SVI envisioned a central location for social, educational and cultural based programs and activities at 620 Spadina Avenue, Toronto in 1963. Through 50 years of evolution, their vision is still our primary goal. In addition to housing 46 post secondary students year-round, SVI is home to the Ukrainian Museum of Canada (Ontario Branch), the Ukrainian Research and Documentation Centre, SUS Foundation, Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies, and the Ukrainian Students Club (UofT).
On Saturday, September 7th, in conjunction with Ukrainian Heritage Day in Ontario, SVI will host an informal Birthday Bash/BBQ for friends of SVI in the local and surrounding communities. Entertainment, food and activities in an open-house style will exhibit our cultural programming and open our doors to showcase the value SVI has been providing the Toronto area for the past five decades. With Kosa Kolektiv participating as our musical guests, this event is bound to be a memorable experience.
On Saturday, October 19th, we will host a formal Gala event at the St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre on Dundas Street West in Oakville. With entertainment by Orpheus Big Band and a menu to reflect the spirit of the ‘60’s, we will celebrate 5 decades of memories through pictures, music and stories from past members and residents. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and further information can be obtained through our website. We are also asking Alumni and members of SVI to contact us to submit your memories and stories that we can share at the Gala evening.
“This is an exciting time for St. Vlad’s.” stated SVI President Paul Strathdee, “The cultural values we have developed for our Canadian Ukrainian community will be on display throughout the year and we are very proud of what we’ve accomplished. We invite everyone to visit and experience everything SVI has to offer.”
For further information or to schedule an interview, please contact (416) 923-3318 ext. 104 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org