Erin Elliott.

February 24 marks one year since Vladimir Putin ordered the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. For Marin-based Hromada, a Ukraine-focused nonprofit organization and newspaper, it’s a grim milestone, yet also a mark of Ukraine’s enduring fight to retain independence.

Marin women and men have been finding ways to help Ukrainians fleeing the horrors of war and those who cannot escape.

On Sunday, February 5 (3:30-5pm), Westminster Events (WE), the new event series created by Mill Valley resident and yoga instructor Erin Elliott at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon focuses on Hromada’s co-founder Nataliya Anon in conversation with Mill Valley and Marin community advocate, Paula Reynolds. A reception will follow, allowing attendees to speak one on one with Anon, others supporting the war refugee efforts in Marin, and individuals who have benefited from their support.

Anon will share the latest on-the-ground news, including human rights violations and the mass exodus of Ukrainians. She’ll also tell how Hromada is providing financial support and guidance to Marin organizers who are finding housing for Ukraine refugees in Marin and beyond. Anon will explain how Marin residents can support the people of Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees through grassroots efforts, political advocacy and financial donations. She also will share her vision for a post-war Ukraine and what rebuilding will look like.

Anon is also the CEO and president of Svitla Systems, a global IT solutions company. Also, in attendance will be Jami Coulter, founder of Nightingale, a Ukrainian refugee housing provider based in San Rafael.

Previous WE events have featured Tiburon Town Councilmember Noah Griffin in conversation with Rev. Rob McClellan, Westminster’s senior pastor, as well as Reynolds, a force of nature in Mill Valley for decades and the director of operations at the Mill Valley Chamber, interviewing author and longtime Marin Independent Journal columnist and editor Vicki Larson,

Westminster Events are held at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 240 Tiburon Blvd. Tiburon.

Contact Erin Elliott for more info.

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