McGill initiatives to support Ukraine

Many people in the McGill community are leading initiatives to bring support to people in Ukraine and new refugees.

Updated: May 5, 2022 

An estimated three million Ukrainian refugees have crossed into neighbouring countries in recent weeks, and more than 6,100 Ukrainians have already arrived in Canada. Within Ukraine, there are an estimated 2 million displaced people, and millions are without adequate water, electricity, and other necessities. 

Many people in the McGill community are leading initiatives to bring support to people in Ukraine and new refugees. Upcoming and ongoing efforts include:

  • An afternoon of live music and colourful dancing at a benefit concert presented by the Marunczak Ukrainian Dance Ensemble on Saturday, May 7th at 3:30 p.m. at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall (405 Fairmount Ave. West).  All ticket sales will go to helping Ukrainian refugees arriving in Quebec.  Tickets are $5 and free for children under 13.  Available at the door or in advance, cash only.  Contact Lydia at lydia.dyda@mcgill.ca for more info.
  • On May 5, members of McGill’s Faculty of Education begin a four-part series of live, interactive seminars to assist Ukrainian teachers, psychologists and support staff in their work helping their compatriots, in particular children, in dealing with the horrific consequences of the on-going war. The speakers include three professors from McGill’s Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and a UK-based psychologist. Prof. Alenoush Saroyan, Director of the McGill International Institute of Education, created the series at the request of the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dilson Rassier. In 2021, Prof. Saroyan created a similar series to support educators in Armenia during the conflict with Azerbaijan.
  • To show their support for Ukraine, members of the McGill students trumpet studio recorded a moving instrumental version of the Ukrainian national anthem, “Shche ne vmerla Ukrainy i slava, i volia.” Listen.
  • Young cancer patients forced from their homes and whose crucial treatment has been interrupted by war will soon arrive in Montreal to receive life-saving treatment at The Montreal Children’s Hospital. The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign to help patients and their families upon their arrival in Quebec.
  • Many local groups are organizing efforts to bring relief to Ukraine. MORSL (McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life) is maintaining a list of some of the volunteer opportunities currently available at Montreal organizations. If there is an opportunity or effort you’d like MORSL to add to its page, please send the information to morsl@mcgill.ca. 
  • The McGill Ukrainian Students’ Association (MUSA) is a SSMU cultural club that aims at bringing together all Ukrainian students at McGill. Follow them on Facebook to learn about volunteer and donation opportunities. 
  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has created a webform for departments wishing to admit new Ukrainian Graduate Students or Graduate Research Trainees. File reviews and funding approvals will be prioritized. 
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