For Immediate Release

August 24th, 2017

Statement by Mayor Bonnie Crombie Marking Ukrainian Independence Day

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga, Members of Council and our team of professional staff, we proudly join with our local Ukrainian community to mark the 26th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence. On a personal level, I cherish my family’s own Ukrainian heritage and how it has shaped my commitment to public service. My maternal grandmother was born in Ukraine.

“Mississauga has an important relationship with Ukraine. We have an active and engaged Ukrainian population which continues to invest back in our community has dedicated city-builders.

“The Ukrainian pavilion continues to be a popular destination at Mississauga’s Carassauga festival every year and Mississauga Celebration Square remains a popular destination for Ukrainian cultural festivities. Mississauga is also home to St. Mary’s Dormition Ukrainian Church, which stands as a testament of the importance of the Ukrainian community in the Greater Toronto Area.

“In 2017, we also celebrated another important milestone with the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the founding of Canada. Our country continues to be enriched by the lasting nation-building contributions of new Canadians from Ukraine, Eastern Europe and communities from around the world. To celebrate Canada is to celebrate the diversity of Canadians.

“Once again, I join with Mississauga’s Ukrainian community to commemorate Ukrainian Independence Day. I am confident that the bond between Mississauga and Ukrainian communities will grow even stronger.

“Slava Ukraini!”