A special evening Featured

Published on Tuesday, 19 April 2022 11:08

Thanks to the efforts of so many volunteers, A Dinner for Ukraine - a cooperative effort between Westman Immigration Services, the Rossburn Ukrainian Catholic Pastoral District and the Russell Silverton United Church - raised an astounding $90,000.

The money raised will go to the Canada -Ukraine Foundation to help directly with humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

One of the most touching parts of the stellar evening came when MC Len Derkach brought up his longtime friend Jim Cote - an elder and longtime council member from Waywayseecappo First Nation - who presented Olga Stronko and her two children with a Star Blanket from the First Nation. Like so many, Olga and her children have escaped the war in Ukraine and come to live in Binscarth.

As she waits, she’s with her brother Oleksandr Rusiaieva (also in the picture) his wife Nataliia and their baby daughter Sofia.

Star Blankets are among the highest honor in the indigenous culture given as a sign of respect, friendship and protection.

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