Ukrainian newcomer to help host Fergus arts and crafts camp

Olena Mikhalchenkova and Katarina Zanelli from Fergus will host a Young ones Arts and Crafts March Crack Camp, featuring stitching, portray and some Ukrainian cooking

FERGUS – A flourishing friendship creates a clean commence for a Ukrainian mom of two.

Olena Mikhalchenkova and Katarina Zanelli from Fergus will host a Children Arts and Crafts March Break Camp, something that will supply small children the possibility to build some critical techniques which include simple stitching, portray and a bit of cooking, Ukrainian design.

Mikhalchenkova and her two small children are settling into their new lifetime in Fergus immediately after fleeing the war in Ukraine a calendar year ago.

With assist from her newfound pal Zanelli, Mikhalchenkova looks ahead to generating a new start out. And by means of her own like of sewing and art, she hopes to share her culture and inspire some others.

“When Olena commenced chatting about crafts for children and seeking to do a craft camp, I believed very well I want to aid. So now, we are in this with each other,” Zanelli reported.

“I assume the camp can give a fantastic possibility for children to learn some important capabilities. We have experienced about 9 or 10 young children sign up so far. And we’ve had other inquiries.”

The camp is open up to all children that want to sign up for in.

“For me, I’ve had a enjoy of art considering the fact that childhood. I would grab a piece of fabric and want to produce one thing. And what I really delight in is recycling apparel, locating a new existence for old factors,” Mikhalchenkova stated.

“I think for kids, stitching is an essential talent to have. And there will also be cooking at the camp which provides to the encounter.”

In Ukraine, Mikhalchenkova would sew more in the summertime months and do painting and crafts with young children throughout the wintertime.

“In the summer time, I would just take little ones groups out on climbing adventures together rivers, and do crafts out in the open air,” she stated.

Mikhalchenkova hopes to go on instructing small children in Fergus and has currently provided a private lesson.

“A younger lady was wanting to master how to sew. She was a bit perplexed and panicked at initially, not realizing what to do,” Mikhalchenkova said.

“For me, it is artwork when two people today get collectively and understand each individual other. Quickly adequate the woman just relaxed and appreciated what she built. We completed, and we will continue lessons.”

Zanelli and Mikhalchenkova satisfied in January. Their Ukrainian lifestyle is something the two pals share.

“I am Ukrainian, on my mother’s aspect. Just about every yr we rejoice Ukrainian Orthodox Xmas. My fantastic-grandparents were being refugees and fled Ukraine during WW2. This 12 months, my mother believed to invite Olena and her spouse and children to sign up for us for Ukrainian Xmas,” Zanelli reported.

Zanelli also teaches at St. Joseph’s Faculty, exactly where Mikhalchenkova’s kids attend.

“Once I listened to that Olena sewed in Ukraine and she confirmed her photographs, we begun searching at acquiring her a sewing equipment. She did get a position at a nearby pizza place. But we knew that she was hoping to sew and we didn’t want her employing her individual money considering the fact that she had to make a dwelling,” Zanelli mentioned.

Zanelli and her family determined to get started a GoFund Me web site for Mikhalchenkova.

“Now, she has an industrial serger and stitching device and a domestic sewing machine and serger. It felt wonderful to be ready to get these devices for her and hopefully now, she can commence up her organization, which my mom began on Fb, ‘Olena’s Sewing Corner in Fergus’,” Zanelli mentioned.

“She’s previously experienced a number of customers already for issues like alterations and hemming.”

Together with sewing, Mikhalchenkova enjoys styles, adding attractive things, hand embroidery, and portray cloth.

Mikhalchenkova moved to Canada in September with her two young children, Arina, 13, and Yegor, nine. The loved ones has lived in Fergus due to the fact January.

“We left residence a year in the past, just 10 days following the war broke out. Waiting around at the train station, it was so hard. But we were being incredibly fortunate. We lived only 10-15 minutes from the station,” Mikhalchenkova mentioned.

“Six of us remaining, me and the children, my mom and sister and my five-yr-aged nephew. It was cold and rainy. We experienced to devote the night time at the rail station.”

Mikhalchenkova and her family done a 23-hour teach experience to Poland.  

“We lived in Warsaw. I had a close friend dwelling there. I named him and he served us,” she claimed.

Her family members in Poland hopes to return home to Ukraine a single working day.

“My mom is delighted we are in this article but my sister, misses me. We are 5 several years aside. She youthful and misses her older sister who aids her with life’s choices,” Mikhalchenkova claimed.

Olena says arriving in Canada was tricky at first.

“Everything was just so new for us. It’s is constantly bizarre at 1st, especially the small factors,” Mikhalchenkova explained.

“But now, my son is on a soccer crew, and Arina plays volleyball at school and she just picked her courses as she will be commencing higher faculty following yr. She was pretty excited about that.”

Language was a little bit of a barrier, but Mikhalchenkova suggests both equally Arina and Yegor have caught on quickly.

“Kids require to be protected. They need to have to have a future. In Ukraine correct now, little ones are studying on the web, if they have hydro” she stated.

Mikhalchenkova is at the moment working at a community restaurant and says she hopes to remain in Fergus.

“I do system on keeping. I don’t want any extra improve, especially for my kids. Very last year, they have been in three techniques of training. And all are so incredibly diverse,” she reported.

“I’ve had to start all over again, one particular action at a time. I just want to just take factors day by working day and delight in the modest times. I experience inspiration in this article.”

 Mikhalchenkova is grateful for the support she has received kind Zanelli and each search forward to the camp future week.

“It’s important to know how to do factors and perform with your palms. It is so practical. There are always opportunities,” Mikhalchenkova reported. 

“When young children master and see how long it will take to sew something, they will know how prolonged it normally takes other folks.”

Zanelli claims she is delighted Mikhalchenkova feels settled into her new life.  

“Customers are starting off to occur and are inquiring Olena for her stitching companies. A nearby art gallery will also be getting a few of her parts. And ideally the camp will be a success also,” Zanelli reported.

“I like arts and crafts. I could not be as superior at building them, but I do love doing work with youngsters, and I just want to support Olena.”

In the upcoming, the mates hope to hold a further camp, possibly through the Easter year.

“I just want to just get pleasure from each individual working day. Our lives are concealed in the small, beautiful things” Mikhalchenkova stated.

“And in art, when we do one thing from adore, it fill our souls.”

For a lot more data about the Little ones Arts and Crafts March Split Camp and Olena’s Sewing Corner in Fergus, take a look at in this article.