A flag signed by dozens of Ukrainian educational staff members and students has been presented to the Wolf Creek Public Schools (WCPS) board of trustees as a gift of inspiration to the division.
The flag presentation during the board’s Tuesday, Oct. 21 meeting was made by Warren Kreway, who expressed appreciation of the division’s support system for older students, as he previously went back to school in Lacombe and graduated after a 47-year departure. “It’s awesome to be there and say thank you,” he said.
In relation to his schooling, Kreway recently travelled to Ukraine with a team of five doctors on a medical mission and was able to study the country’s schools up close.
“In Ukraine, we had 13 schools that we started, the purpose of these schools was to help them upgrade their education system,” said Kreway.
He told the trustees a small story about one school of approximately 300 students with one outside bathroom. “It’s phenomenal what these kids go through to even obtain an education,” he told trustees.
During his trip, he purchased the Ukrainian flag to be signed and brought to Canada as a way to build world connections; and as he presented the Ukrainian flag, he had the board of trustees and other WCPS staff sign a Canadian flag to take back to Ukraine in May 2015.
“I thought it was an idea to make them aware that the rest of the world is looking at their flag and there is a glimmer of hope,” said Kreway.
Kreway also wants the Ukrainian flag to be passed around the WCPS schools so they can gain a little more world perspective and further realize how accessible education is in Canada.
“If we can help our students just a little bit to understand that, it would help them mature in their life skills,” said Kreway.
He’s also challenging WCPS to step up with fundraisers and help the schools a world away.