PLAST Ukrainian Youth Association

PLAST Ukrainian Youth Association

April 27, 2012 11:15 ET

Ukrainian Youth Association PLAST Celebrates 100 Years

PLAST Toronto is planting 100 TREES to reflect the organization's commitment to volunteering, local community service and respect for nature.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 27, 2012) -

Editors Note: There are two photos associated with this press release.

Thousands of Torontonians are joining in an international celebration. The year 2012 marks the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian Youth Association PLAST, a scouting organization. Modeled on the international movement founded in the UK by Robert Baden-Powell, the PLAST organization was established in 1912. Coeducational from the beginning, PLAST adapts scouting ideals and combines them with a deep commitment to the Ukrainian cultural heritage.

Ukrainian Youth Association PLAST will be contributing to our community by planting 100 TREES to celebrate 100 Years and a century of volunteering and community building. PLAST in Toronto celebrates this notable anniversary throughout 2012 with a series of events which reflect the values and principles of the organization. For more information, please visit www.toronto.plast.ca.

Active in eight countries throughout the world, PLAST was transplanted to Canada in 1948, and is active in six cities across the country. In Canada, PLAST has been able to grow and thrive in a supportive and nurturing environment form more than 60 years, working with young people to ensure that they become positive and productive members of society. PLAST's Toronto chapter, with over 600 members, is the largest in Canada.

Many celebrations have been planned for Toronto, meant to reach out, not only to all past and current members of PLAST, but to all communities in our city.

On May 6, 2012, The feast of our patron St. George, members of the Toronto chapter will take part in the ceremonial planting of 100 trees in a community park to reflect the organization's commitment to local community service and respect for nature.

When: May 6, 2012, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Where: Eglinton Flats Park - Eglinton and Jane Street, south-east side near the pond.

We invite all our PLAST Toronto members - young and old, past and present - to join in this collective event honoring the community, as well as the environment.

In August, Toronto members, along with hundreds of members from other countries, will travel to Ukraine to take part in an International PLAST Jamboree in Lviv, the city of its founding.

Unique to Toronto will be a special 100th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend in October. Past and present members of PLAST will join with the local Ukrainian community for a Celebratory Dinner and Dance on Saturday October 27. On the following day, PLAST Toronto will host an Open House at the new PLAST building at 516 the Kingsway. In 2010, this building was generously donated to the PLAST Toronto chapter by the Huculak family in appreciation of PLAST's past work and accomplishments.

Commenting on these momentous plans and activities Orest Dzulynsky Chief Co-ordinator of the PLAST worldwide centennial celebrations stated:

"I am delighted by the enthusiasm and energy that has gone into the preparations of this important commemoration throughout the world. As a Torontonian, I am especially encouraged to see Torontonians working together, committed to their past and to their future. I venture to say that there are very few volunteer organizations that can lay claim to such a vibrant and active membership 100 years after its founding."

For more information about PLAST and these celebratory events, please visit www.toronto.plast.ca.

To view the first photo associated with this press release, "Members of PLAST Toronto 2011," please visit the following link: http://www.marketwire.com/library/20120423-PLAST_800.jpg.

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