BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bozena Hrycyna dreamed up Folk Camp with her fellow artist collaborators of the Kosa Kolektiv back in 2014, and hasn't looked back since. She's passionate about community engagement, through ritual, art, and song and the potential for healing through craft and traditional ways of living. She has facilitated many community gatherings since 2010 within the Kosa community and beyond, and been involved in the revitalization of traditional Ukrainian and Eastern European musical traditions, especially Ukrainian women's polyphonic singing. Her professional background is in history, literature, and education, and she has spent many years volunteering as a mentor to youth through Plast and Help Us Help the Children, and working as a teacher within several public school boards. She now resides in the Ottawa Valley.
When Steph is not making silly Instagram stories or promotional Facebook posts for Folk Camp, she's a high school English and Social Sciences teacher. She also volunteers lots of her time to charities and organizations in the Ukrainian-Canadian community. She loves snapping photos - on her vintage film camera or iphone so it's no coincidence that the former Kosa Kolektiv founding member is fully embracing her job as board member and social media coordinator for Folk Camp!
Ukrainian-born arts manager, Ksenia Khan, attended her first art class at the age of seven. She graduated with a MEd in Arts Education and BA in Fashion Design and has completed the Arts Management Program at Centennial College. She has worked for various arts organizations and international camps as an art educator, curriculum developer, curator and program coordinator. An avid traveler, Ksenia likes to explore a meaning of a safe space and inclusiveness in her art and curatorial practice.
ADA DAHLI (Treasurer)
Ada's love and curiosity for people and stories brought her into the acquaintance of the women who would go on to found Folk Camp. Ada has moved through many different incarnations of serving for and with people, from funeral services, to music; childcare to craft novice, to yoga instructor. She was an original member of The Fedora Upside Down Collective - participating both as a performer and an organizing/volunteer member. She finds the process and journey of community building a blessing and challenge both that stirs her to the practice of giving and receiving in relation with others. Especially when the commonalities are not always readily apparent. Ada currently sits on the Folk Camp Board of Directors as its treasurer
MARY PTUCHA (Chair)
ANGELA LYTLE (Secretary)
Alesia Nahirny found her way to Folk Camp and the Kosa Kolektiv through her love of Ukrainian folk music and singing. Alesia has passion to all things authentic. This is what drove her to get involved with the Kosa Kolektiv and to join the Board where she seeks to apply her knowledge of law and charity work to help advance the work the organization. Alesia’s other passion is fighting financial crime. She previously ran an international NGO called Transparency International Canada and is currently working for a bank on sanctions and anti-money laundering related issues.
OKSANA HAWRYLAK (Creative Director/Administrator)
Oksana is an illustrator, printmaker, designer, and community art organizer based in Toronto. Her work is strongly inspired by Eastern European folk art, craft and traditions, and the natural landscape of Ontario, Canada; where she currently resides. She studied Printmaking at OCAD University, and has exhibited internationally, including San Francisco, California, Ukraine, Russia, and Australia.