On November 1, 2013, the Ukraine Paediatric Fellowship Program was formally launched at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Hosted by Chrystia Freeland and attended by over 140 members of the Ukrainian-Canadian community, all came to celebrate the successful creation of this program. A key component of the evening was to recognize the leadership of the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund (CCCF) in the program’s establishment.
CCCF took the first step forward in creating the Ukraine Paediatric Fellowship Program by directing a $1.05 million gift from the CCCF to the Hospital for Sick Children. This gift to SickKids was made possible by a bequest from the estate of Mr. Frederick Tkachuk of Melfort, Saskatchewan. Mr. Tkachuk was a successful farmer of Ukrainian descent born in Saskatchewan who had left this significant bequest to the CCCF.
Thanks to the vision of the CCCF and the generosity of Mr. Tkachuk, the Ukraine Paediatric Fellowship Program (UPFP) now has a simple goal: To ensure that children in Ukraine can live healthy and happy lives. The Program achieves this goal by providing specialized medical training to talented physicians in Ukraine.