MAYOR BOWMAN ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR SISTER CITY LVIV, UKRAINE

WINNIPEG – In an expression of support and solidarity, today, Mayor Brian Bowman announced a $10,000 contribution from his office budget will be going to Winnipeg’s Sister City of Lviv, Ukraine. The money will be allocated directly to the needs of people temporarily displaced in Lviv.

“Winnipeg is a city that has deep connections to Ukraine, both as a result of immigration and our Sister City relationship with Lviv, Ukraine that was established in 1973,” said Mayor Bowman. “As a result of those deep connections, the news we continue to see about the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine is sparking passionate, empathetic responses from Winnipeggers.”

With approximately 100,000 Winnipeggers who identify Ukraine as their ethnic origin, there are many ties of family, friendship, history and culture. When the Russian invasion began on February 24, 2022, Mayor Bowman wrote to Mayor Andriy Sadovyi of Lviv to express Winnipeg’s concern for and solidarity with the people of Lviv, and all of Ukraine. Mayor Sadovyi’s office responded with gratitude and has remained in contact since that time, including correspondence regarding this contribution.

“Residents across our city have grave concern for the people of Ukraine as they make a brave stand against the forces of Russia,” said Mayor Bowman. “Many Winnipeggers have history with Ukraine that is directly connected to times of war and the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees. This brazen attack by Russia is conjuring up very difficult memories and it is for that reason that Winnipeg wants to help make a difference.”

Winnipeg’s Sister City relationship with Lviv began on November 26, 1973 and next year will mark 50 years. Mayor Bowman met virtually with Mayor Sadovyi on April 28, 2021 to discuss issues in their respective cities’ including the response to COVID-19, developing youth leadership, human rights and economic development initiatives. There were plans to welcome a delegation from Lviv in Winnipeg at some point, however, evidently those plans are now delayed.

Residents who wish to help can take action through a number of ways. Donations to provide food packages, medicine and shelter can be made through the Canada-Ukraine Foundation (CUF) at:

https://www.cufoundation.ca/

The Canadian Red Cross is also helping with humanitarian needs and response efforts in Ukraine. Donations can be made at:

https://donate.redcross.ca/

“I hope Winnipeggers will consider making a donation to assist with the urgent needs of Ukrainians,” said Mayor Bowman. “As Mayor, I will continue to explore all options and opportunities that we can be of assistance.”

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