Our Board of Directors is comprised of 9 Canadians with significant on-the-ground experience in Ukraine, a passion for charitable work, and a dedicated and responsible mindset.
Ruslana Wrzesnewskyj, President
The founder and driving force behind Help Us Help The Children (HUHTC), Ruslana is deeply passionate about saving Ukraine’s children and nurturing a new generation that will deliver a prosperous future for Ukraine. In her spare time, Ruslana is a successful Toronto-based real estate agent, mother of four daughters and two dogs, and avid amateur chef. In 2010, Canada’s national newspaper The Globe & Mail published an article about Ruslana and the history of HUHTC, titled “Ruslana Wrzesnewskyj helps orphaned children have hope”, which you can read by following this link.
John W. Moskalyk, Financial Director
A skilled mediator and negotiator by trade, John thrives on building relationships and strengthening the Ukrainian-Canadian community. Having lived in Ukraine as a Canadian ex-pat for 7 years, John is well-versed in Canada-Ukraine relations and he serves on the board of the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce. John is a devoted member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and splits his professional time between his own mediation practice and a commodities trading business.
Danylo Spolsky, First Vice President
Responsible for the charity’s strategic development, Danylo holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and currently works in Corporate Strategy at Molson Coors Canada. He lived in Kyiv, Ukraine for nearly 5 years, working as a journalist at the Kyiv Post and later in investment banking. Over the years, Danylo has attended 8 of Help Us Help The Children’s summer and winter camps, driven a humanitarian aid route through Ukraine, and participated in one of the charity’s PTSD Reintegration Programs in 2016.
Mark Keller, Second Vice President
One of the first and longest-serving volunteers of Help Us Help The Children (HUHTC), Mark first became involved with orphans in Ukraine in the mid-1990’s alongside Ruslana. Thanks to his many years of on-the-ground experience, Mark is a valued sounding board and voice of reason. At the charity, he is a primary point of contact for community relations, and during the day he is the events director at Toronto-based Trident Banquet Hall.
Andrij Potichnyj, Director
The program director for the PTSD Family Reintegration Program, Andrij is committed to helping war-affected soldiers, volunteers, and civilians leave their scars behind and return to everyday life as strong members of their respective communities. Andrij’s on-the-ground experience in Ukraine includes numerous trips as an international election observer as part of Canadian government missions, as well as humanitarian aid deliveries, and trips focused on enhancing bilateral trade and business ties between Canada and Ukraine.
Anka Wrzesnewskyj-Cottrell, Director
Anka is the program director for Help Us Help The Children (HUHTC) and is dedicated to creating and enhancing the environment that allows orphaned and disadvantaged children to realize their full potential. A true creative force, Anka is instrumental in organizing and running HUHTC’s Summer and Winter Camps and managing the volunteer army – both in Canada and Ukraine – that is at the core of HUHTC’s long-term success. Anka organizes the annual HUHTC Send a Child To Camp fundraiser, an elegant and fun evening in support of HUHTC’s Winter Camp.
Petra Potichnyj, Director
Petra began volunteering with Help Us Help The Children (HUHTC) in 2001 and has dedicated countless summers to making HUHTC’s Summer Camps a success. Petra is instrumental in managing community relations, especially with some of our largest supporters and donors. Petra organizes the annual HUHTC Send a Child To Camp fundraiser and a committee chair for one of our most successful fundraisers, “Fashion Ukraine”.
Alla Galych, Director
Another long-time volunteer of Help Us Help The Children (HUHTC), Alla runs several Canadian partnerships, including a newly established program with MacEwan University in Edmonton that will allow students to gain experience in real-life social work situations. Originally from Ukraine, Alla is well-versed in Ukrainian governmental and non-governmental affairs, and has experience working for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as a project manager in the Rule of Law and Human Rights Unit, based in Ukraine.