[bas relief by Oleh Lesiuk]
Gareth Jones - A Man Who Knew Too Much
Nigel Colley's Canadian (Toronto, Ottawa & Montreal) Lecture Tour in Late November 2006.
CLICK HERE for an extended online PowerPoint presentation, with additional transcriptions of Gareth's 'famine' diary pages to that delivered in Canada
[or here to download the whole 6Mb PPT file for private use].
In a whirl-wind week's trip to Canada, I was flabbergasted to have received spontaneous standing ovations, which I readily admit reflected my audience's new-found admiration of Gareth's honorable exploits in exposing the truth.
But unbeknown to myself in each city which I flew into, there were not only pre-organised media commitments, such as speaking on CBC radio, being received in the Ottawa parliament by Borys Wrzesnewskyj, M.P., but also a prestigious invitation to sign the 'Book of Honour' at the Montreal City Hall. on behalf of Gareth (Photos of all these events are pictured below.)
I should also like to thank Dr Igor Ostash, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada, who spoke on the same platform as myself in both Toronto and Montréal, for graciously acceding with the diplomatic protocols by allowing Garth's role in exposing the Holodomor to take precedence over his own famine-genocide message, which included in Ottawa of reporting the previous day's news of the Ukrainian Duma parliament's vote of declaring the famine of 1932-33 to be known as a 'famine-genocide'. ...
Finally, the over-riding impression I took back home to the UK, after my most successful and enjoyable trip to Canada, was that I may have arrived within each Canadian Ukrainian community as an almost complete stranger, but left them as not only firm friends, but hopefully in awe of Gareth's heroic endeavours... Thank You!
In June 2006, with the on-going help and advice of Prof. Federigo Argentieri, of the John Cabot University, Rome (in his professional quest to get Gareth's unknown role in the Holodomor known amongst the academic Ukrainian community), in blind faith, I was kindly invited to present a paper at the 25th Annual Conference on Ukrainian Subjects at Urbana, University of Illinois by the conference organiser, Assya Humesky.
Then, as a direct result of my conference panel's convener, Dr. Christine Sochocky's 'on-the-fly' executive decision of allowing me to speak for over twice the time which I was rightfully allotted, I was able do full justice to Gareth's courageous heart-rending, first-hand observations of the Holodomor (by simultaneously showing images of his hand-written notes along side my corresponding transcription).
It is probably no exaggeration that every delegate present in Urbana wasn't personally moved by the tale of Gareth's 'famine' diaries; which in due course led to two Canadian members of the audience that day, namely Zorianna Hrycenko-Luhova and her sister Oksana Rozumnyi to return home, determined that their communities should also be enlightened by Gareth's story. And, hence my recent invitation to Canada...
Canadian Arts Foundation,
26-27 November 2006
Kindly Sponsored by the Canadian Friends of Ukraine & The Shevchenko Scientific Society of Canada.
Click on thumbnails for larger pictures
With sincere thanks to Lisa Shymko for her most efficient organisation of my many media commitments during my stay in Toronto including a prestigious interview on national CBC Radio, As it Happens [CLICK HERE for a 'Real Audio' link from our friends at Cybercossack.com].
Nigel Colley's Personal Acknowledgements: Special thanks must equally go to Profs. Yurij and Daria Darewych for making me making me feel so welcome during my stay, but especially to their son-in-law, Kieren MacMillan for graciously allowing me to invade his home; and whose company & conversation was a pleasure to behold. May I also thank everybody who spoke so positively to me after my presentation, and if their names were ncluded herewith it would almost fill a guestbook by itself...
St Paul University
Kindly Sponsored by the Canadian Friends of Ukraine, The Canadian Embassy of Ukraine& the Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky Inst. of Eastern Christian Studies
For media coverage by Maiden entitled: Людина, що забагато знала CLICK HERE
Nigel Colley's Personal Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Myron Momryk for acting as my personal chauffeur/guide along with Irena Bell. As for Oksana Piasecky, what can I say; I arrived in her home as a complete stranger and but left feeling like her long-lost son - thank you! There are many others I really need to thank in Ottawa for their kindness, such as amongst others; Dr. Julia Woychyshy, Rev. Andrew T. Onuferko, Roman, the local Canadian Friends of Ukraine treasurer, Nykolai Bilaniuk (who ably helped with my slide PowerPoint transitions) and many nameless others who spoke so positively about Gareth with me after the event at St. Paul's.
St. Sophia’s Church Hall,
30th November - 1st December
Kindly sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Quebec Chapter & McGill Ukrainian Student's Association.
Montreal Radio Interview with Nigel Colley on UkrainiamTime.com CLICK HERE for a MP3 link - or CLICK HERE for the station's main website and see 9th December 2006 listings. The interview starts 9 minutes into the interview.
Nigel Colley's Personal Acknowledgements: First & foremost, thanks must go to Zorianna Hrycenko-Luhova for making the fantastic opportunity of presenting in Canada possible; also to her spouse, Yurij and son Artem for their practical help, too. And, in respect of Roman & Ulana Hukal, my very kind and gracious hosts in Montreal, I can unequivocally state that their two young children, Paul and Andrew were a delight to behold and certainly kept me entertained. It was as ever a pleasure to meet up with Prof. Roman Serbyn again. And finally, I shall not forget the larger than life character, Prof. Yarema Kelebay, not just bestowing upon me the right to wear a McGill tie, but also his glorious soliloquy listing the illustrious roll call of 'Brits', who have over the years championed the causes of Ukraine... And to that list, Gareth's name rightfully belongs.
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