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“It was sheer stubbornness and drive,” she said of her journey in building a small log-cabin resort in Vorohta. With a background in real estate, “I had a plan that I’d like to create an economy in the mountains,” said Wrzesnewskyj, who is the lone foreign investor in Vorohta.

At 58, the Canadian of Ukrainian descent not only runs two businesses on separate continents, she has also been lauded for her humanitarian work with Ukrainian orphans through the Help Us Help the Children foundation. Yet in this tranquil mountainous region, which Ukrainian skiers invade in winter, running a company is far from smooth.

Wrzesnewskyi began to think about opening something of her own after a trip to the Carpathian Mountains where her family comes from in 1993. Back then, she and her husband also committed to adopting a daughter from Ukraine. Opening a business in the Ukrainian mountains seemed like a perfect excuse to keep the family ties alive.

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