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Posted: March 4, 2022

East Kootenay Ukraine Support Committee formed

A group of concerned citizens have gathered to establish a community-based committee to help bring the immediate family members and other refugees from Ukraine to be reunited with their Cranbrook and area families.

“Our goal is to be able to help bring as many women, children and immediate families to the area. We want this to spread to every community in the East and West Kootenay,” stated Terry Segarty, committee member. “Every village and community where there is available housing and schools, can help.”

Wayne Stetski has been in contact with the federal and provincial governments. Recent and upcoming announcements indicate that we will have considerations to move forward with fundraising and expediting paperwork to help.

Vigils will be held weekly on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. in Rotary Park, Cranbrook, to gather, receive updates and support each other during this horrific war on a peaceful country. Volunteers and funds will be needed in the coming days. Emotional support for the families affected, will also be needed in these trying times. Please join us and bring your candle.

The volunteer board is comprised of John Hudak (Chair), Terry Segarty, Wayne Stetski, Sharon Cross, Tamara Cartwright, Mark and Bonnie Spence-Vinge, Dawn Fenwick, Father Andrew Applegate, and Mike Ortynski.


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