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United Macedonians Mission Statement

United Macedonians logoWHEREAS, The Macedonian nation, language, alphabet, culture and national history, are distinct and different from all nations, languages, alphabets, cultures and national histories of the world;
WHEREAS, Macedonia was occupied in 1912 by its neighbours, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia, and divided among them;
WHEREAS, The Macedonians living in the Little Prespa and Golo Brdo regions of Macedonia (within the present borders of Albania), in the Pirin part of Macedonia (within the present borders of Bulgaria), in the Aegean part of Macedonia (within the present borders of Greece), and in the Gora and Prohor Pchinski regions of Macedonia (within the present borders of Yugoslavia), are denied the basic human and national rights at the end of this and beginning of the next millennium;
WHEREAS, The Republic of Macedonia, although covering only 39% of Macedonia's ethnic territory, is a national state and pride of Macedonians everywhere.

Therefore, The United Macedonians has embarked on the following mission:

  1. To work for the national unity of Macedonians worldwide, regardless of their religious beliefs, political opinions or affiliations;
  2. To raise the national consciousness and pride of all ethnic Macedonians;
  3. To work for the attainment of National and Human Rights of all Macedonians, especially those living in the occupied territories of Macedonia;
  4. To promote good public relations with all peoples and governments who support the national independence and development of Macedonia;
  5. To work towards a full international acceptance of the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name, and for a greater well being for all its citizens;
  6. To work towards easier integration of Macedonians in their countries of residence; and
  7. To help all Macedonians achieve their utmost in their chosen fields, and thus help society as a whole.

United Macedonians Goals Based on Mission Statement

  1. In order to achieve the national unity of Macedonians worldwide, the United Macedonians will:
    a) Establish United Macedonians chapters where ever there are groups of Macedonians that support the United Macedonians Mission;
    b) Establish membership at large, where ever there are not large groups of Macedonians;
    c) Establish and maintain close contacts with all Macedonian Organizations that support our Mission Statement;
    d) Work towards national awakening of all ethnic Macedonians that have fallen victims to foreign propagandas and interests.
    e) Work towards a "United Macedonia in United Europe".

  2. In order to raise the national consciousness and pride of all ethnic Macedonians, the United Macedonians will:
    a) Organize an intensive educational program that will endeavour to acquaint and familiarize all Macedonians with their national history, language, culture and traditions of their homeland, Macedonia;
    b) Spread the truth about Macedonia and the Macedonians through the newspaper Macedonian Herald, different books and flyers, web site on the Internet, contacts with Macedonians and non Macedonians from all walks of life;
    c) Increase the involvement of the Macedonian youth by organizing youth camps, seminars and different other youth activities.

  3. In order to work for the attainment of National and Human Rights of all Macedonians, especially those living in the occupied territories of Macedonia, the United Macedonians will:
    a) Lobby all foreign governments, international organizations, NGO's and influential individuals to support the legitimate national and human rights of all Macedonians, especially those living in the occupied territories, as guarantied by the UN Charter, the OSCE documents, the Framework Convention for minority rights and other international human rights documents;
    b) Participate in international conferences in order to present the Macedonian side;
    c) Establish close contacts with individual Macedonians and their Organizations everywhere;
    d) Give moral and material support to oppressed Macedonians everywhere.

  4. In order to promote good public relations with all peoples and governments who support the national independence and development of Macedonia, the United Macedonians will:
    a) Maintain contacts with other ethnic groups, government representatives and individuals who recognize and respect the distinct Macedonian nation, language , culture and history;
    b) Get involved in the just activities of other oppressed nations, peoples, minorities and ethnic groups.

  5. In order to work towards a full international acceptance of the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name, and for a greater well being for all its citizens, the United Macedonians will:
    a) Lobby all governments of the world to recognize the Republic of Macedonia under its constitutional name, because the name Macedonia has been used by the Macedonian people for thousands of years;
    b) Promote the good name of all Macedonians, by promoting the fact that the name Macedonia can only be synonymous with the people who are nationally determined as Macedonians;
    c) Promote good economic relations between the Republic of Macedonia and the countries with Macedonian immigrants.

  6. In order to work towards easier integration of Macedonians in their countries of residence, the United Macedonians will:
    a) Establish social services with the aim of helping Macedonians become productive members of society, be they young, middle aged or seniors.

  7. In order to help all Macedonians achieve their utmost in their chosen fields, and thus help society as a whole, the United Macedonians will:
    a) Organize and help various educational, cultural, academic and sports groups, associations and leagues so that Macedonian youth and adults can interact and expand the wealth of knowledge in their chosen field and occupation;
    b) Encourage and help all Macedonian youth achieve their highest potentials by awarding scholarships and prizes for high achievement.

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Executive Board

Dragi Stojkovski - President
Mendo Bakalovski - First Vice President
Peco Petlichkovski - Second Vice President
Borche Kulevski - Secretary
Kire Karapalevski - Treasurer

Board of Directors

Doncho Risteski
Amis Selmanovski
Vlado Steriovski
Stase Tsantsurov
Hari Petrev
Lui Sekulovski
Michael Vulkan

Past Presidents

1959-1966: James Saunders
1966-1967: John Givens
1967-1968: Georgi Lukras
1968-1969: Jimmie Trentos
1969-1971: Tely Moriovche
1971-1973: Anton Opashinov (Pandov)
1974-1975: James Saunders
1976-1977: Tely Moriovche
1978-1979: Petre Vasilevski
1979-1981: Nikola Stojanovski
1981-1982: Branko Stojcevski
1982-1983: Trajan Tegovski
1983-1984: Dragan Dzolganovski
1984-1987: Mendo Bakalovski
1987-1989: Steve Pliakes
1990-1991: Vlade Grozdanovski
1991-1993: Steve Pliakes
1993-1994: Tely Moriovche
1994-1999: Vlade Grozdanovski
1999-2003: Dragi Stojkovski
2003-2006: Boris Mangov



Who can become a member of the United Macedonians

All Macedonians born in ethnic Macedonia, their descendants and spouses who need not be of Macedonian descent, without distinction as to sex, religion or political beliefs, and who agree with the Mission and Goals of the Organization, may become members of the United Macedonians.

How to become a member of the United Macedonians

All prospective members must submit a written application to the Executive Board of the Branch, with a signed recommendation by a member in good standing. After the application is approved by the Executive Board of the Branch, then it is presented at the next Annual General Membership Meeting for acceptance.

Download the English version of the application form (in Pdf format)

Download the Macedonian version of the application form (in Pdf format)



Logo Information

  • The United Macedonians Logo was designed by Simo Temovski.
  • It represents the desire for unity that the Macedonians have sought since the forced divisions at the end of the Balkan wars in 1912-13.
  • The three torches represent the three parts of Macedonia (Aegean, Vardar and Pirin) that were occupied and separated into three countries in the Balkan wars of 1912-13 *.
  • The letter "M" in the middle represents the first letter of Macedonia.
  • The two hands under the "M" show the desire of the Macedonian people for unity, irrespective of the borders that divide them.
  • The Maple Leaf in the background represents Canada, the country where the United Macedonians Organization was founded in 1959, and the country of choice for over 200.000 Canadians of Macedonian origin.
* Although Macedonia was divided into three major parts, there are also four small parts that were left in the neighbouring countries: Mala Prespa and Golo Brdo in Albania, as well as Gora and the monastery complex St. Prohor Pchinski with the surrounding property in Serbia.



How to get in touch with the United Macedonians

686 McCowan Road, P.O. Box 66517
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M1J 3N8
Tel: (416) 490-0181
Fax: (416) 490-0398
E-mail:
info@unitedmacedonians.org
Website: www.unitedmacedonians.org


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