KSU Achieves Early Goals with Community Assistance

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KSU Achieves Early Goals with Community Assistance

Fundraising target surpassed and first six Ukrainian newcomers have arrived.

Kenora Supports Ukraine (“KSU”) is grateful for the broad community support that has enabled it to bring its first six Ukrainian newcomers. The group has now surpassed its initial $75,000 fundraising target.

KSU has been supported by several local families in hosting and assisting the newcomers. The Holovachuk family that was previously announced as recipients have now arrived and are living with the Bracken family.

From left to right: Ken Bracken, Tolik & Kamila Holovachuk, Brady Bracken, Olena Holovachuk, and Laurie Bracken – upon arrival at the Bracken’s residence.

Other recent KSU recipients include Mariia Plytka (hosted by Ed & Marilyn Zroback), and Iryna Futuluichuk (hosted by Barry & Wendy Marmus).

The newcomers are adapting well to their new lives. Mariia is thriving with her full-time role at Copperfin Credit Union. Led by Joel McGrath and the Kenora Multicultural Association, English as a Second Language (ESL) education is being provided to everyone. The Holovachuk twins are preparing for high school next month.

KSU would like to thank all the local individuals, businesses, and service providers that have arranged for a variety of initiatives. Most recently, The Standard put on a charity BBQ which raised over $4,000. In addition to this, The Standard has been collecting bi-weekly donations from Kenora staff and have raised money through t-shirt sales.

From left to right: KSU Members Darlene Hiebert, Olena Moncrief, Joel McGrath, Nathan Moncrief, Matthew Schottroff (The Standard), and Peter Kirby. The Standard raised over $4,000 through its annual charity BBQ.

On Friday, September 16th, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church is putting on its annual church supper. Come out and enjoy a traditional Ukrainian meal, meet our newcomers and help raise money for KSU. Tickets are $25. Those interested are to call Ami (407-0397); Nick (468-7634); Elsie (468-6636); or Jim (407-5565).

KSU has received calls for assistance from many others. With your continued support we will continue to bring Ukrainians fleeing the war to Kenora. Donors will receive charitable tax receipts for donations over $20. There are three ways to give:

1) Online via Credit Card or PayPal:

-Go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/st-albans-cathedral/?mprompt=1

-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.

3) The Kenora and Lake of the Woods Community Foundation:

KLWCF has also stepped in to provide another option for receiving funds. You can donate by going to www.klwcf.ca, click on the DONATE TODAY! button and choose the “Kenora Supports Ukraine Flow-Through Fund”.

Links to recent press coverage for more information:





KSU’s mission is to assist Ukrainian refugees settling and transitioning in Kenora. For more information, please visit www.kenorasupports.com. 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.

Additional photos are included below:

Marilyn Zroback (host) with Mariia Plytka (newcomer) at the Standard Charity BBQ in support of KSU.
Left to right: Sean Hughes (The Standard), Ruby & Oliver Crowe Limerick, Gord McCool (The Standard). With friends (Fergus and William), Ruby and Oliver ran a lemonade stand which raised $400.
Newcomer Iryna Futuluichuk with her comforter made by the Kenora quilters “Hearts of Knox”. The group has generously made these for all KSU recipients.
From left to right: Olena, Tolik, and Kamila Holovachuk – at the Bracken’s residence.
Tolik Holovachuk receiving a donated bike from Dr. Vern Sawatzky with assistance from The Hardwear Company.