Advisory Council on Alberta-Ukraine Relations

Ivor Bernatsky

Bernatsky is a second-generation Ukrainian-Canadian. He received his M.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of British Columbia in 1990. Bernatsky became a Certified Management Consultant with the Canadian Association of Management Consultants in 2013. Ivor Bernatsky has extensive contacts in the agri-food industry and has a thorough understanding of agricultural trends and issues. He also helps non-agricultural Alberta businesses and organizations market themselves to their local, national and international customers.

Bohdan Harasymiw

Born in Saskatchewan, Harasymiw attended the Royal Military College, Kingston, and then served in the Royal Canadian Navy, becoming a lieutenant in the executive branch. Returning to university, Harasymiw studied at Queen’s (BA), Alberta (MA), and Toronto (PhD). He spent most of his academic career at the University of Calgary, from which he retired in 2005 as Professor Emeritus of Political Science.

In 1989-91, he was seconded to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service as a strategic analyst. He is the author of numerous books and articles dealing with leadership and elites in the former Soviet Union, and more recently the process of democratic reform of government in Ukraine, best-known for his 2002 study, Post-Communist Ukraine, published by CIUS Press.

At present, he is Senior Adviser on Contemporary Ukraine with the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, U of A. In addition to teaching, research, participating in conferences, and publishing, he has extensive experience in committee work, leadership, and communications gained from many years’ involvement with the naval reserve, his scholarly associations, and political party activity. He was an election observer in Ukraine in 2006, 2007 and 2010. A lifelong member and past president of the Canadian Association of Slavists, he was program Chair for its annual conference in Calgary in 2016. Harasymiw is active in organizational life in the Ukrainian community in Edmonton and is fluent in Ukrainian, French, and Russian.

Eva Himka

Himka has been researching the Ukrainian community in Canada for the past nine years. She is the Project Manager for the Sanctuary: The Spiritual Heritage Documentation Project which documents Byzantine-rite, primary Ukrainian churches across Alberta and Saskatchewan. She has worked in Sydney, Cape Breton, researching the Ukrainian community there and has conducted an oral history project in Ukraine. She is an active member of the Ukrainian community in Edmonton and in her housing cooperative, Hromada Housing Cooperative.

Jessica Littlewood

Jessica Littlewood was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville on May 5, 2015.

She currently serves as a member of the standing committees on Public Accounts and Legislative Offices and the Select Special Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner Search Committee. Previously, she served as Chair of the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing and the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee. She also served as a member of the Standing Committee on Private Bills and the Standing Committee on Families and Communities.

Prior to her election, Littlewood was employed as an executive assistant with the accounting firm Ernst and Young. She previously worked at Goodwill Industries of Alberta as a supervisor, then as assistant manager, while also working as a nursing attendant at the Good Samaritan Society. Littlewood has been a volunteer with a number of charitable organizations in the community, including Edmonton’s Food Bank.

Ruby Swanson

Swanson was born and raised in Humboldt, Sask., and is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan. Since 2008, Swanson has been the general manager of the University of Alberta Botanic Garden.

In 2004, and twice in 2014, Swanson volunteered and was selected to be part of the Government of Canada’s Election Observer Mission in Ukraine. In 2016, she visited Ukraine where she travelled to rural areas in western Ukraine to visit the four ancestral villages her great grandparents left when they immigrated to Canada nearly 120 years ago. While in Kyiv, Lviv and Ternopil, she met with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parent and youth groups, human rights workers and Canadian Embassy staff. In the fall of 2016, Swanson was invited to present at a conference in Kyiv for parents who have LGBT children.

Juliana Volosina

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