Name and Origin?
Igor Grygorovich Ivaskevych - I was born in Khmelnitskiy, Ukraine in 1988. Our family and I came to United States of America in 1999.
I was living in our lowly city of Modesto ever since.
Position on the board?
After some time of being active member of MSCI, I was elected to a Board of Directors position. It was my interest with Khmelnitskiy sister city that was cause for
electing me to the position of Vise President of Khmelnitskiy subcommittee.
Currently I am VP of Khmelnitskiy and very happy with the opportunity to serve my community with everything that I can.
My very long career as a lifetime student began in Khmelnitskiy Ukraine. I attended grades one through four there Ukraine. Then we moved to U.S. and I finished rest of my
schooling here in Modesto. I went to Modesto Junior College to get my general education with hopes of transferring to university. Instead, I got an AA Behavioral Science
degree, AS Automotive Technologies degree, and I went through full Emergency Medical Technician program at MJC. In addition to that I just received my Bureau of Automotive
Repair Smog Inspector License. I am still in school working toward furthering my education in business and economics.
I am trying to live an active life style therefore am involved in everything. I am currently working as a part-time business representative for the Avis Group Auto LLC
automotive dealership. Also I am working part-time for (CAN) California Clean Air Now. It is a California based organization that is working toward cleaning up our
Californian air. And I am still going to school part-time as well.
When did you first become involved in MSCI?
First time I heard about our Modesto Sister City Program was from a sing in Davis High School Park. It was very surprising for me to see a sing pointing to
Khmelnitsky and saying how many miles away it is. After that I got to meet Oscar and Jennifer Ardens who were responsible for Khmelnitsky subcommittee. They
introduced me to the wonderful world of MSCI for which I am ever so grateful.
Why did you become involved in MSCI?
It is very easy, I was born in one of our sister cities and I wanted to give back to the community.
How many of our Sister Cities have you been to?
I have been to Khmelnitsky seven times, but not yet to any other sister cities.
What has been your most rewarding experience with MSCI?
Everything we do with MSCI is rewarding and unforgettable, but most memorable experiences for me were when w have delegations from our sister cities come to visit
Modesto. We get to visit interesting places with them and share wonderful time at warm home receptions. I have expended my knowledge of those countries that we have sister
cites with and made many great new friends.
Where’s your favorite county that you have traveled?
I have been to Poland, Ukraine, U.S., and Mexico, but my homeland Ukraine is closest to my heart.
Where would you like to travel in the future?
I love experiencing new cultures and lifestyles. It is fascinating to learn new things and meet new people. If I could I would travel the world for the rest of my life.
Please contact me with any questions at the information provided and please come and visit us at MSCI you will not regret it.
Igor Ivaskevych, VP MSCI