URDC projects and programs are supported by funds raised by the Ukrainian Foundation for College Education (UFCE).
UFCE is a non-profit society established in 1994. Its overall purpose is to raise funds to carry out Ukrainian education projects, particularly in cooperation with Grant MacEwan University. UFCE organizes the annual Kyiv Konnection Banquet and Ukrainian Open Golf Tournament, among other events.
In addition to fundraising activities, UFCE structures and funds a variety of educational programs and materials for students in Alberta and Ukraine in areas such as: business education and management, health care, performing arts and English as a second language. The organization also promotes the exchange of students, professionals and staff between post-secondary educational institutions in Canada and Ukraine. UFCE also funds scholarship and bursary programs for students studying abroad.
Developing and fostering an awareness of the importance of Ukrainian language, culture and heritage among its members and the general public is a central goal of UFCE.
The UFCE Trust
The Ukrainian Foundation for College Education Trust (UFCE Trust) is a fund management trust responsible for administering the permanent funds of UFCE.
UFCE is comprised of members from the general and Ukrainian Canadian community committed to supporting educational programs and cultural exchanges between Canada and Ukraine.
2011-2012 Board of Directors
Dr. Ernest Skakun - President
Dr. Walter Buck
Edward Piasta, Q.C.
Ex Officio Members
Dr. Roman Petryshyn, Liason URDC
Dr. Steve Kashuba, Liason UFCE Trust
Elsie Elford, Liason, MacEwan School of Business
Dr. Steven Kashuba, Chairman, UFCE Trust
Ivan Kupchenko, Secretary
George Zaharia, Treasurer
Dennis Kowalishin, Vice Chairman