When you are a mayor in the pre-election period, it is important not to forget the ethnic communities that inhabit the greater metropolitan area of Montreal. Indeed, the Ukrainian diaspora is powerful and influential in Canada. Ukrainian immigration to Canada began in 1892 with Iwan Pylypow and Wasyl Eleniak who created the Edna Star settlement. Ukrainians from the west and from the Lviv or Lviv region, which have a rural and agricultural tradition, have begun to immigrate to Western Canada and the Prairies. In western Canada, in the Winnipeg area, there are whole cities made up of Ukrainians to the point where they have created a language: Ukrainian Canadian.
In the political sphere, Ukrainian-Canadians are considered to be at the origin of Canadian socialism. Canada has always been a loyal ally of Ukraine and its people, especially during the Orange Revolution in 2004.
What a beautiful spectacle to contemplate the Ukrainian mannequins wearing the clothes of the Ukrainian designers. Vita Nikitenko, Ryabokon, Etnodim, Ulianka, brands proposed by the company: From Ukraine With Love. You will also see genuine Ukrainian costumes from the private collection of Ludmyla Datsenko.
Enjoy these beautiful Ukrainian girls parading on stage at Beaubien Park in Montreal. Website of the Ukrainian festival.
We were very surprised to meet on the festival of the couples that we formed, without even knowing that they were in couple. It was a bit of a bitter surprise because we normally expect to be informed about developments in a relationship. They explained that they prefer discretion and that was the reason for their silence.
As you can see in the image, the ceremony is divided into two parts, first with the betrothal and then with the coronation.
The basic principle being that in the couple, each member, man or woman, taken individually are imperfect. It is the holy union that creates perfection before God. The Orthodox priest who is very well illustrated in this video with his long beard and his voice singing litanies and psalms seriously. You also hear the hearts of the Ukrainian women singing the psalms.
The witnesses of Serge and Galina carry the crown over Galina and Serge. It is the ritual that consecrates the union of man and woman before the lord.
A bit like in the Catholic tradition, the two married drink the wine in the cup, the blood of Christ. The young couple then walks around the altar three times, symbolizing the nuptial march. Their hands are bound by a divine scarf
The Quebec International Wedding Center measures its success through its unions made up of Ukrainian women and French, Belgian or Canadian men. Marriage is an important moment in the process of creating the couple. It is a happy event that formalizes the relationship with family and friends.
Since the beginning of May 2017, we are happy to have celebrated 6 weddings between men from Quebec and Ukrainian women.
Jean and Irina had the great kindness to invite us and allow us to film this important moment of their life, with their family and close friends. We are very grateful to them because very few of our couples have agreed to make this moment public on video.
By looking at these images, you can convince yourself of the simplicity of this union in a convivial atmosphere, in a relay hotel in Bromont in the Eastern Townships.
The first time we met Irina, it was in Kiev close to the hotel Bratislava
Jean's trip to Kiev in the summer of 2016:
In preparation for this summer's romantic trip to Kiev
We will have this summer again a little more than 10 people to make the trip in July and August. With an increasingly efficient meeting system, we will have many weddings to celebrate next year in France, Quebec or Belgium.
For Alexandra, a fulfilling relationship begins with friendship that turns into love. On several occasions, she stresses the importance of mutual trust in the couple.
After having tried her luck at a popular meeting site, she quickly disengaged by noting that men were looking for sex partners rather than serious relationships.
Without wanting to generalize, Alexandra gives her preference to foreign men because she finds that men in Ukraine are big egoists.
As is the case for many Ukrainians living in Ukraine, their origins are Russian. Alexandra's mother is Russian, she came to Ukraine with her Russian parents when she was little.
Alexandra does not think there are any differences between Russia and Ukraine. In addition, eastern Ukraine is exactly the same as Russia. On the other hand, western Ukraine is more like Europe. And this explains why Ukraine is in conflict. In general, the Russian and Ukrainian people are very kind and caring people, Alexandra explains. This is a different story from the media!
Moreover, the Ukrainian and Russian peoples have the same orthodox religious base.
Alexandra visits Russia once a year. She has already been to Moscow, St. Petersburg and Ivanovo.
Ivanovo is a city in the north-east of Moscow, made up of 80% Russian women, due to its industrial legacy in the manufacture of clothing and clothes-laundry machines. It is the city of Russian brides. We show you beautiful images of the parade of the Russian brides of Ivanovo, in white wedding dresses.
At 29, Ruslana is rather a calm, kind and joyful girl who is rather flexible in character, that is to say, able to compromise in a couple relationship. Ruslana has a consistent life experience and she always tries to look forward to believing in a radiant future. She enrolled in the dating agency CQMI to meet a serious man who knows what the family means and who knows what he wants in his life. Ideally, he will be able to provide for the needs of his family and the children of the relationship.
Ruslana believes that differences are primarily dependent on people and not on cultural differences. For example, she likes to compare her own childhood with that of the man she meets. She tries to find out what things are interesting for both people and see what can unite them in a couple project. Traditions per se are not an obstacle even if they are different.
Sometimes Ruslana says that it would not be a problem even if she would ideally prefer to found a family in which the man and the woman would have their first children.
Ruslana explains that she has time to write and communicate even though she is currently experiencing an intense period in her work. If she feels that she is very interested in the man she meets she will be ready to put all other business aside. Indeed, the family passes first for Ruslana. In a specific case with a CQMI client, Ruslana admits to having little communication with him, with a single Skype meeting before the actual meeting.
After a little hesitation Ruslana explains that the English level of the man with whom she communicated was much more advanced than hers, which made understanding difficult for her. Therefore the role of the assistant CQMI becomes so important.
The question is whether to make several encounters by Skype to decide whether the meeting in real will be promising or not. Indeed, some CQMI members are not very motivated by the prospect of making long periods of communication at a distance before the meeting in Kiev, especially when their level in English does not allow it.
At 39 years, old this beautiful Russian woman without children seeks her soul mate. That's why Elena enrolled in our marriage agency. Her history is quite particular. From a Russian father, from a German mother, she left the Moscow region to come to Ukraine at the age of 5 years. She found herself in Donetsk, the region that is at war, remember the superb video of Tatiana.
The Russian woman with German origins like Elena, is very asserted, quite explosive. When she talks about her future potential husband, she does not go dead hand. One feels that her discourse does not suffer the possible contestation. It would be interesting to discuss about possible compromise with this charming lady.
If you compare with the speech of Tatiana who comes from Donetsk, you remember her sweetness and her kindness. Tatiana who fled the war in eastern Ukraine.
In the eastern region of Ukraine, you will find a population that is composed for a large half of Russian from Russia. They are Russian and work in Ukraine. This is the case of the deceased father of Elena who went to work in Donetsk. In this region, you will find Russian women and Ukrainian women living together.
Russia is a strong, powerful country. It is a country that radiates over all the nations that surround it, even over China. The Russian inhabitants thus have a more arrogant attitude than the residents of neighboring countries. Lithuanian, Kazakh, Ukrainian women are more erased. One could say, more discreet.
In her interview, Elena also emphasizes a theme we have already discussed. For a Ukrainian woman, it is a more serious step to go to Canada than to live in France or Europe.
Surprisingly and it is possible that some of you are shocked, Elena finally explains that Canada and Russia are two countries with similarities, such as climate, immense nature and mentality. It is also like Russia a country in which there is a mixture of cultures and nationalities.
Specialist in Financial Audit, and after falling in love with the beautiful city of Montreal, this beautiful Russian Girl decided to try her luck in Canada. She spent two and a half years in Calgary before finally making the decision to live her dream to move to Montreal. With a degree in finance from a prestigious university in Moscow, Victoria will have had no difficulty in obtaining a diploma equivalence in Canada for the recognition of her studies. This is a question we are often asked. The process of recognition of diplomas is done during immigration’s process. Holding a diploma from the top three Russian universities in finance, this will not have been difficult for this beautiful young Russian bride.
Is it difficult for a young and beautiful Russian woman in Montreal to find a man when one is single looking for a serious relationship? In her case, she explains her celibacy through work. I have always invested my time in my professional career to the detriment of my personal life, "she explains. New in Montreal, it's hard to meet a man when you do not have a circle of friends.
To choose between the two, Victoria from Russia, prefers Canadian men who are more responsible and know how to take care of their children. They pay more attention to their health than Russian men (we think of vodka and cigarette).
Yes of course she noticed any differences. Canadian women are more of the American type; they are independent women. We women of Slavic tradition, Russian or Ukrainian, we are of the old school. We still appreciate the traditional values of the family. The Family is in first position for Russian women. While women here in Quebec are concentrating on their professional careers. It's always interesting to go to a new country because you can see big differences in mentalities, says Victoria.
At 48 years, Elena practice sports twice a week all year except in the winter. This is important for her beautiful legs and body as much as her mind and soul.
Elena has a 21-year-old son who lives in Poltava and is totally independent. After spending many years for his education, she feels free of any commitment. It is time for her to meet her soul mate abroad.
If I meet a man I love and who loves me and respects me and supports me, then the process of immigration will not be so complex.
Learning this beautiful language is a dream for this Japanese woman teacher of foreign languages in Poltava. Elena teaches English language for young children and for adults.
For Elena, it's obvious. Indeed, culture, soil, education and economic situations are different. Thus, the mentalities are different.