Fundraising Campaign Takes Flight as First Refugee Family is Chosen

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For immediate release – May 9, 2022

Fundraising Campaign Takes Flight as First Refugee Family is Chosen

Generous donation brings in one third of initial $75,000 fundraising goal.

Kenora Supports Ukraine (“KSU”) has set an ambitious $75,000 fundraising target to help those fleeing the war in Ukraine. Kickstarted with a $25,000 donation from Forest Helicopters Inc. (pictured), KSU is providing practical help and financial assistance to refugees resettling or transitioning in Kenora.

From left to right: Bart & Linda Stevenson, Amy DePasquale.

From left to right: Bart & Linda Stevenson, Amy DePasquale.

KSU has selected the first refugees to be welcomed in Kenora. The Holovachuk family (pictured) was forced to leave their home near Bucha during the first hours of the Russian invasion. The Bucha region was especially hard-hit, and the family has since stayed in western Ukraine. KSU is assisting three of them with the permit application process and anticipates an arrival date of early June.

From left to right: Tolik Jr., Tolik Sr., Olena and Kamila Holovachuk.

Tolik Sr. will depart to eastern Ukraine to support the war effort as his wife and twin children live and work in Kenora. Local residents Ken & Laurie Bracken will be opening their home to the Holovachuk family during this uncertain time.

“We are very excited to welcome Olena, Tolik, and Kamila to our home. We are grateful to be a part of this Ukrainian family’s future in Canada, and hope they feel comfortable and safe in their new community” exclaim the Bracken’s.

Kenora residents and businesses can help the Holovachuk’s and others in need right now! Donors of KSU’s campaign will receive charitable receipts from St. Alban’s Cathedral for those in excess of $20. Currently, there are two options to donate:

  1. Online via Credit Card or PayPal:
    – Go to
    – Please select “Kenora Supports Ukraine” from the dropdown menu.
  2. Cheque (by Mail / Dropoff / Pickup):
    – Cheques are to be made out to “St. Alban’s Cathedral”.
    – Please put “Kenora Supports Ukraine” in the memo line.
    – Cheques can be dropped off in a secure mailbox at St. Alban’s; mailed to the KSU address; or picked up by a committee member.


KSU’s mission is to assist Ukrainian refugees settling and transitioning in Kenora. For more information, please visit The Coordinating Committee can be contacted at [email protected]. Media enquires can be directed to Nathan Moncrief at (204) 807-0404. General enquires can be directed to Darlene Hiebert at (431) 337-4304.