The Association of Ukrainians in Victoria (AUV also known as “Hromada” in Ukrainian) is a community based not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 1949 by Ukrainians who settled here in Victoria after having to flee Ukraine during WW 2.
The 9th of September 1949 is a significant date in the history of the AUV as this is when 170 Ukrainians from across the state came together to form an organised community, approve a Constitution and elect a President and Board of Directors.
Mr Ivan Hruszecky was the very first President and the instigator of forming the Association.
Today the Association is made up of migrants from the 1940’s and their offspring, and also Ukrainians from Great Britain, Poland, former Yugoslavia, Argentina and, more recently newly arrived immigrants from Ukraine.
The AUV is the central body that oversees other association branches based in Geelong, Noble Park, Wodonga and St Albans.
The AUV owns a community hall based in Essendon. This is the Central administration point and also a meeting place for members and other organisations such as youth groups CYM and Plast and the Ukrainian Women’s Association.
The AUV administration consists of a Board of Directors made up of volunteer members and a President that are elected at an Annual General Meeting by members.