Our history begins on June 16th, 1960 when eleven charter members founded the Ukrainian Professional and Businessmen’s Club to create friendships and a sense of community among Ukrainian Canadians in our city and give support to various business endeavours. As the name infers, this early club was open to males only! (Women were introduced eighteen years later and we may have been the first affiliate in Canada to have opened the doors.) Among others, the major goals of the Businessmen’s Club were to encourage and promote Ukrainian studies in Canada “in order to acquaint fellow Canadians with Ukrainian history, culture, traditions and achievements” and to encourage its members to “materially support and individually participate in the work of the Christian Church”.