Seen above is the swearing-in ceremony of the UNA General Assembly elected at the Ukrainian National Association’s 34th regular Convention held on May 15-19, 1998, in Toronto. The convention brought together 227 delegates representing UNA branches across the United States and Canada. The oath of office was administered to the new leadership by Honorary Member of the UNA General Assembly Stephen Kuropas Sr. Elected at the convention were: President Ulana Diachuk, First Vice-President Stefko Kuropas, Second Vice-President Anya Dydyk-Petrenko, National Secretary Martha Lysko, Treasurer Stefan Kaczaraj, Director for Canada the Rev. Myron Stasiw; Auditors William Pastuszek, Stefan Hawrysz, Alexander Serafyn, Yaroslav Zavisky and Myron Groch; and Advisors Taras Szmagala Jr., Alexander Chudolij, Tekla Moroz, Halyna Kolessa, Nick Diakiwsky, Walter Korchynsky, Wasyl Szeremeta, Vasyl Luchkiw, Stephanie Hawryluk, Andre Worobec, Eugene Oscislawski, Barbara Bachynsky, Andrij Skyba and Albert Kachkowski. This was the first UNA convention to be held in Canada, where the first Canadian branch – St. Michael’s Brotherhood – was founded in Toronto in 1916.
A photo archive of UNA history has been launched on the UNA website. It is a work in progress that will be expanded and refined. To take a look, go to unainc.org/una/the-una-is-125-years-old/.