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Olga came to Canada in 2001, holding the hand of her 8 year old daughter in one hand and a cart with 4 pieces of luggage in another. She was a single mom just wanting a better life for her daughter. She brought in her mom and sister who are now the most proud Canadians she knows. As a professional, she built her career working in Telecom (Bell) and at tech companies like Oracle and, now, Splunk. Like many other Ukrainian women in Canada, Olga helped Ukraine in 2014-2015, when Putin took Crimea and pieces of Lugansk and Donetsk regions. And today, when the bombs are falling on schools and apartment buildings murdering and hurting children in the middle of Europe in her native Ukraine, like thousands of other Ukrainian women, Olga is waking up and going to bed with a sole purpose to help Ukrainian people, to reduce suffering, to save lives. Each of us picks her way, her starfish to save. Each of us sends money to Ukraine to enable individuals resisting this aggression to keep fighting, keep living. Each of us is a part of her own "chain of trust" where we give to people we trust. Olga's way is to be nimble, be agile, make the most impact with whatever money she gets. These causes are not always "sexy" but always save lives and reduce suffering. Thank you all for trusting Olga and for making a real difference.
Direct Notes from Olga below:
Here are the names I mentioned:
Daryl Wood who were the first to send me the money without questions asked
My new friend, a Jewish community leader Avrum Rosensweig
Iryna Shpak, the lady whose son was killed in his bed
Diana Makarova and Roman Donik, volunteers in Ukraine I support
Rostyslav and Iryna Bilchenko - Canadian Ukrainians who organize aid for the hospital, currently targeting 15K for medications. Rostyslav is my osteopath who used to be a doctor in Kharkiv City Hospital #2 , so he is helping his ex-colleagues
Oleksiy and Olena Dotsenko, doctors in Kharkiv City Hospital #2 who manage the hospital at this difficult time and tell us what they need.
..and one more name, Oleksiy Arestovich, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleksiy_Arestovych = when I referred to the presidential adviser calling on Ukrainians to be a part of the war as required by the Geneva convention
In regards to money:
e-transfer to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
paypal to Ukraine : Olena Penkovska email@example.com - this is my best friend who will direct wherever we need to.
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