Yuri Andryjowycz & Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz
Hospodar and Hospodynia
1St Generation Ukrainian Canadians, who are actively engaged in the Ukrainian Canadian Community.
Yuri and Olesia grew up in a traditionally rich Ukrainian families with Yuri growing up in Toronto and Olesia in Edmonton. They both are proud Ukrainian Youth Association Members (CYM) where they met at summer camp as Camp Counsellors at Pigeon Lake. Yuri and Olesia live in Edmonton and have 2 Adult Children (Stefania and Matay).
Yuri has served as Executive Director for the Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council. He has also served as Chair, Capital City Savings/SERVUS Ukrainian Community Council and been a Board member for the Ukrainian Youth Association (CYM); Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex; and St. George Ukrainian Greek Catholic Parish Council. Yuri has recently come out of retirement to serve as the Manager of the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex.
Olesia continues to serve the Ukrainian Community in multiple roles. Currently, Olesia is the Vice President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and fills the Past President role for UCC Alberta Provincial Council Executive. She is also the Audit Vice Chair for the Ukrainian World Congress, National Executive Director of the Ukrainian Canadian Women League, Alberta Council of the Ukrainian Arts Board of Directors, and Shumka Board of Directors. Most recently, Olesia was appointed to the Canada Ukraine Foundation Humanitarian Appeal Committee, helping to fundraise and distribute Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine during the war.
Both Yuri and Olesia have served as virtual Hospodar & Hospodynia for the 2020 & 2021 Vegreville PYSANKA Festival and are thrilled to join for the 49th Annual Vegreville Pysanka Festival.
Welcome to the 49th annual Vegreville Pysanka Festival a wonderful showcase of our Vibrant Ukrainian art and culture. We are so very fortunate to live in a free democratic country where our Ukrainian Culture has lived on for over 130 years! Our pioneers showed perseverance, tenacity and resilience as they established themselves here and had our culture and traditions grow. Celebrations like this showcase our rich culture and give us an opportunity to share with our newcomers from every country. This year we welcome our Ukrainian families from near and our new wave of Ukrainian Immigrants to Canada. Please take in the sights and feel the Hospitality that our Pysanka Festival offers! Slava Ukraini! Slava Canada!