Bishop Isidore Borecky, the first Ukrainian Bishop of Toronto and Eastern Canada, dedicated sixty-five years of his life to the priesthood; fifty-five of these to the Eparchy of Toronto. His lifetime achievements were manifold: increasing and nurturing religious vocation, establishing churches and Eastern-rite schools, building lay organizations, missions, and cultural centres.

With his singular oratory skills, infectious sense of humour, generous spirit, and clear vision for the Ukrainian people within the cultural mosaic of our country, Canada, His Excellency Bishop Isidore Borecky touched innumerable lives. He was a source of moral and financial support for youth, immigrants, and for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine. He was also a distinguished patron of the arts.

For decades, Toronto Eparchial Day at the Canadian National Exhibition Bandshell was defined by the musical performances of the Levada and Orion Choirs, the Vanguard Concert/ Marching Band, and the Junior Drum Corps. One of the most memorable moments in the history of the Ukrainian Youth Ensembles is their three-week tour of Ukraine in 1990 with His Excellency the Bishop, who exemplified the Christian virtues of respect, friendship, love, commitment,and perseverance. He embodied the true Christian spirit.

His Excellency will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Ukrainian Youth Ensembles members as their spiritual leader, advisor, mentor, educator, benefactor, and friend. How grateful and blessed are the Levada and Orion Choirs and Vanguard Concert/Marching Band for having known this great man!

May His Memory be Eternal!

At the CNE