Library Hosting Forum With Ukrainians Displaced by The War & Framingham Volunteers Helping Them

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FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Public Library is hosting a forum on July 12 with Ukrainians displaced by the war and from MetroWest & Framingham volunteers helping refugees.

The Zoom event is on Tuesday, July 12 at 7 p.m.

Guest speakers include Iryna Saks, Valentin Spasibo, Mariana Semeniuk, and Konstantin Starikov. 

To submit a question for the speakers, visit bit.ly/Voices-of-Ukraine or scan the QR code. 

Register for the Zoom link at bit.ly/FPL-Events by July 12.

Iryna lives with her family in Framingham, Massachusetts. Originally from Vinnytsa, Ukraine, Iryna works as a medical and legal interpreter at Baystate Interpreters and as an ESL Teacher at Framingham Adult English as a Second Language school. She studied English and German language and literature at Vinnytsa Pedagogical University. Iryna is actively volunteering at Sunflower for Peace. Iryn recently started her new job as a Ukrainian Resettlement Case Manager at Jewish Family Services

Valentin is currently living with his family in Zurich, Switzerland. His family temporarily left a small village not far from Kharkiv to seek safety. Valentin is a trained business lawyer and a farmer-entrepreneur. 

Mariana Semeniuk is a psychologist from Drohobych, Ukraine. She studied at Drohobych Pedagogical State University of Ivan Franko, Ternopil National Medical University, and Slavic Mission Bible School. Before the war Mariana worked at Solid Rock Mission and Drohobych District Hospital. She is currently staying with her sister in Minnesota.

Konstantin lives with his family in Framingham, Massachusetts. Konstantin emigrated to Boston at the age of 12 from Kharkiv. He worked as a teacher of Russian at Yale University and Boston University, and as a medical librarian at Boston University. Konstantin currently works as a UX Designer at Red Tree Real Estate. 

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