Alberta Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Award Winners
The UCC is pleased to award the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Mr. Petro Dackiw. Mr. Dackiw has been a dedicated member of the Ukrainian Community in Alberta for many years and is a past recipient of the UCC –APC Hetman Award (2000).
A founding member of the Ukrainian Youth Association (CYM), he has provided leadership and mentorship to many on our current leaders in the community. Mr. Dackiw has also been instrumental in championing many initiatives on behalf of the Ukrainian Diaspora in Western Canada. For example, he was part of the leadership who rallied to get the Holodomor Legislation passed in Alberta.
A member of the League of Ukrainian Canadians (LUC), Mr. Dackiw has helped to foster and promote Canadian values and to share our Ukrainian cultural heritage with our fellow Canadians and safeguard and further develop the multicultural identity, civic institutions, and democratic values at the core of Canadian society.
The UCC would like to thank Mr. Dackiw for his participation with the UCC – Alberta Provincial Council and his commitment to fostering initiatives to ensure the Ukrainian story is heard. We look forward to continue working with him on future community projects.
The UCC would like to take this opportunity to proudly award Ms. Marian Gauk the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her dedication to her Ukrainian Community. Ms. Gauk has done inspirational work with the St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School in fostering spiritual, intellectual and personal growth in children. Ms. Gauk has also taken many leadership positions supporting Ukrainian bilingual educational programs.
In addition, Ms. Gauk maintains an active role with the Ukrainian Catholic Parent Advisory Society where she works to address enrollment in the Ukrainian bilingual programs and promoting their importance. The UCC is pleased to recognize Ms. Gauk for her continuous efforts in promoting Ukrainian culture and language to our youth and is proud to acknowledge her achievements.
The UCC is pleased to award the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award to Mr. Michael Hantzsch, a long-time member of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association of Calgary. Mike Hantzsch is honored for his many years of dedication and service to the Ukrainian Community which includes roles as past president of several organizations such as the Calgary branch of the UCC, the UCPBA of Calgary and the parish council of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church.
Currently Mr. Hantzsch is a member of the UCC National Executive committee, Chair of the Awards and recognition committee in addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the UCC National. A member of Plast, Mr. Hantzsch has served in many leadership capacities and we are honored to award him with such prestigious recognition.
The UCC is pleased to award the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Mr. Andrij Hladyshevsky. Mr. Hladyshevsky has been a source of constant inspiration to the Ukrainian Canadian community through his active and dedicated work with the Ukrainian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko.
Working as President of the Shevchenko Foundation for more than a decade, Mr. Hladyshevsky exemplifies the Shevchenko Foundations mission of “preserving and promoting Ukrainian Canadian cultural heritage and the advancement of a flourishing Ukrainian community for the enrichment of Canada”.
Mr. Hladyshevsky’s efforts have developed the Ukrainian arts, educational programming, the Ukrainian heritage Program and community development. Mr. Hladyshesky played a pivotal role in negotiating a $10 million dollar endowment fund from the government of Canada to support education and recognition of Canada’s First National Internment Operations.
The UCC proudly presents the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to Ms. Daria Luciw, for her numerous years of commitment to the Ukrainian Canadian community serving in important leadership roles in the community. Ms. Luciw is on the National Board of Directors for the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and is immediate past President of the Alberta Provincial Council of the UCC.
Ms. Luciw organized the first ever triennial congress of Ukrainian Canadians held in Edmonton in 2010.
Ms. Luciw has been involved with CYMK, the Ukrainian Parents for Bilingual Education, Plast, as well as several cultural and educational organizations including having served as president of the Dnipro Choir.
Halya Lyps’ka Wilson
UCC is pleased to recognize Ms. Halya Lyps’ka Wilson and present her with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Ms Executive Director of the UCPBA in Calgary and , Ms. Wilson has been active in the community as a youth leader and organizer in the Ukrainian Youth Association, CYM.
As past president of the Calgary branch of the UCC, Ms. Wilson has been instrumental in running and organizing many local institutions. A recipient of the UCPBA Lifetime Achievement Award, Ms. Wilson has contributed to the organization and efforts of the Calgary Ukrainian School and Calgary’s Ukrainian radio program as well as many concerts and celebrations. In addition, she has actively participated in the Alberta Council of Ukrainian Arts (ACUA) as well as the UCCLA. She has also developed a community update through e –mail outs and community calendars.
The UCC would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and recognize Ms. Wilson’s numerous efforts in support of the community.