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CYM Volunteer Stories - Toby

Hartuis! What’s your name?

Hartuis! My name is Toby. I am a member of CYM in Oseredok Stockport.

This is my CYM story.

What does being part of CYM mean to you?

For me, being a part of CYM is a great opportunity to be proud of my Ukrainian heritage and express my love for everything Ukrainian! From traditional songs and dancing, to modern music, traditional foods and everything in between.

I have been a member of CYM since I was 8 years old. I have attended my local oseredok in Stockport and  summer tabory for several years, where I have made lots of friends and learnt more about my Ukrainian heritage and Ukraine’s history!

What kind of activities do you take part in at CYM?

I take part in lots of different activities, from helping at my oseredok in Stockport to

attending events like CYM Zdvyhy and summer tabory.

During the covid lockdowns in 2020/2021, when summer tabory couldn’t take place, I participated in some virtual meets between CYM Yunatsvo (youth members) in Great Britain, USA, and Canada. After these virtual meets, I got in touch with the US national CYM committee to see how I could get involved with their summer tabory.

Last summer I had the opportunity to visit CYM in the US at Oselia Ellenville. I had an amazing time as a counsellor & hope to go back again soon, as well as invite their CYMivtsi to visit Tarasivka!

Why should more people get involved with CYM?

If you have a passion for Ukrainian traditions, I would definitely recommend joining a CYM Oseredok and taking part in regional activities, national events and summer camps.

Supporting CYM & the Ukrainian community, as well as being supported by others is an amazing feeling!

“I have been fortunate to learn about traditional Ukrainian dancing, songs, history,

and the impact they have in the world in a way only possible because CYM exists”


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