Upcoming Events

Feb 16, 2024

Many Ukrainian newcomers to Ottawa have been asking questions about employment in the food industry.

On investigation we were able to locate and connect with Olga Ostafiichuk - Public Health Inspector, Healthy Environment, Renfrew County and District Health Unit.

Olga offered to provide a Food Handler's Course (also known as a Food Safety Course) to newcomers in our Ukrainian language, and translated the course and the exam into Ukrainian as well. All FREE of charge.

A highlight of the sessions are two invited guests. The first is a representative from Employment Ottawa who provides a form to be completed by all attendees. Someone will follow up with everyone to help identify potential employers, offer to help with writing resumes and provide tips for finding employment.

The second guest (which may be different every session) is a Health Food Inspector from Ottawa. This is when everyone has an opportunity to ask questions about regulations. One of the most popular is:

What needs to be done in order to open your own Cafe or a food related small business?

As Olga is only able to certify up to 30 people at one session - and as we had a very large number who applied - we offered the course on 5 Saturdays: February 17, March 2, 16, 30 and April 13. The first four that have already been held, were highly successful.

The Ukrainian Credit Union has generously provided space, free of charge, where we are holding the sessions and we are providing lunch, tea and coffee for everyone.

Attendees were happy to gain this certificate, which helps them to approach employers within the food industry - restaurants, retirement homes, any place where food needs to be prepared or served. This certificate is valid for 5 years after which a refresher course can be taken.

UCSS Ottawa is proud to have been able to offer this most important certification and we thank all of our volunteers who made it possible.

Jan 27, 2024

Dates: July 14 - 20 and July 28 - August 3 For girls and boys 8-13 years old, Camp St John on Lake Newcombe, Quebec.

Price: $600

Dates: July 22 - July 26

For girls and boys 8 - 13 years old,

Held at 1000 Byron Ave, Ottawa, ON K2A 0J3

Price: $400

Children's summer camp "Sunflower" welcomes all children diverse, interesting, full of bright events and entertainment events thematic camp changes. After rest in our camp, all its participants will become more independent and confident in communicating with their peers, discover new abilities and talents! Each child can choose a change according to his taste, or he can take it participate in several at once!

Topics of camp changes:

1 shift "TREASURE ISLAND" July 14-20 All adventure and mystery lovers will like this change! If there is a desire to immerse yourself in the interesting world of pirate parties, the solution team tasks, game quests, treasure hunts, etc secret codes, which will be reliably hidden on the territory of the camp - this change is for you!

2nd shift "UKRAINIAN FOLK FIGHTS" July 22-26 It will be a fun change, full of folk traditions, humor, exciting quizzes and contests, the passage is incredible an interesting game quest, a culinary master class on making delicious dumplings! The feature of this change will be folk songs and dances, which we will all sing and dance together!

3rd shift "THE JUNGLE IS CALLING!" July 28-August 3 We quickly collect our things and go on an incredibly exciting journey a world of adventure in the African jungle! Do you have a dream to transform into an aboriginal Indian? Feel like a character the big computer game "Jumanji", to take part in a quest with deciphering secret game and route maps? Then this change is for you sure to like it!

Forward! To meet adventures and unforgettable impressions from the summer rest in the best children's camp "SONYASHNYK"!!!

We are very happy, but we know that it cannot be successful without financial help from our new and loyal donors. Just click the "Donate" button below and it will only take a few minutes to make your donation.

To register, email camp@ucssottawa.com and indicate the week you would like to register. All payments must be made by E-Transfer to the email address: ucss@xata.ca

Mar 15, 2024


July 14 - 20 and July 28 - August 3 for girls and boys ages 8 - 13

Held at St. John Camp on Lake Newcombe, QC

Price: $600

July 22 - July 26 for girls and boys ages 8 - 13.

Held at 1000 Byron Ave, Ottawa, ON K2A 0J3

Price: $400

Ukrainian Sunflower Summer Camp was established in 2022 as a result of Russia’s unwarranted attack on Ukraine and Ottawa became home for so many displaced Ukrainians.

Our camp was so successful we repeated it in 2023. Sadly, we could only accommodate 40 children and many had to be turned away as the application wait list grew and grew.

This year we’re expanding and are adding another week which means we can now accommodate 80 children.

A wide range of activities will be held, including swimming, fishing, canoeing, sports and games, dancing, singing and drawing, all helping the children build confidence, teamwork skills and develop a positive attitude towards life.

There is also an educational and cultural aspect. From the Ottawa community we have Ukrainian dance teachers, art teachers, and volunteers from the Rideau Canoe Club to teach safe canoeing. The days end with story telling and fireside chats.

All of these activities help the children build confidence, teamwork skills and develop a positive attitude towards life.

We’re very excited but know it can’t be successful without the financial aid from our new and dedicated donors. Just hit the Donate button below and it will take only a few minutes to make your donation.

To register send an email to camp@ucssottawa.com and specify the week you would like to register for. All payments need to be done via e-transfer at the email: ucss@xata.ca

$600. will sponsor one child but any amount is greatly appreciated.

All donations are tax deductible. Our charitable registration number is 89174 3973 RR0001

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