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We are currently raising money to save a 1920s era barn. The barn will be moved to the Ukrainian-Canadian farmstead at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. Join our cause by making a donation


The Friends of the Ukrainian Village Society (FOUVS) is a not-for-profit charitable organization formed in 1984. The Friends plan and execute educational and cultural programming which advances an appreciation of Ukrainian Canadian heritage of east central Alberta, operate essential services at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village and raise funds to ensure that UCHV can complete its mandate.

Some of the cultural programming that the Friends Society provides are:

  • Week long Summer Day Camps
  • Ukrainian Music Fest
  • Harvest of the Past Food Festival
  • Interactive Displays about Ukrainian Canadian immigrant life (circa 1920s) for Community Festivals

Some of the essential services that the Friends Society provides are:

  • Hiring historical interpreters who portray the lives of the original inhabitants of the houses, farmsteads and business that populate the Village.
  • Food Services
  • Museum Shop
  • Village Market

Besides providing essential services, FOUVS mission is to financially support the Village. Each year, the Friends Society plans a number of fundraising activities and actively solicits donations. Over the course of thirty year of operations, FOUVS has funded essential research (structural, material and narrative histories) for many of the buildings at the Village, paid for transporting and restoring buildings. In 2014 we began to fund the restoration and purchase of furnishing and artifacts to complete the final stage of developing the Village. In the next couple of years with your support, we can complete the Village and re-imagine its future.The Society has more than 600 members and welcomes you to join us. Become a Friend and help keep history alive for generations to come!


To provide strong and visionary leadership in preserving Ukrainian Canadian history and heritage so that present and future generations can enjoy and understand an authentic pioneer experience. In this context we support the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village.


A Society that supports the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village in realizing its full potential as a world-renowned living history museum



Together we make all the difference

New Board Members Needed

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We have some pretty great stuff happening.


Supporting living history

Our Board of Directors


Lydia Migus, President
Ліда Мігус / президент

Rebecca Kuchmak, Vice-President
Ребека Кучмак / Заступник президента

(Vacant), Vice-President (2nd)
Заступник президента

Nadine Butt, Treasurer
Надінь Битт / Скарбник

Miranda Koshelek, Secretary
Мiранда Кошелик / Секретарка



Christina Baron
Carter Basiuk
Danny Bielesch
Karen Graves
Murray Jurak

Vacant, Executive Director (ex officio member)
Gordon Yaremchuk, Past President (ex officio member)
David Makowsky, Director, Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village (ex officio member)