November 10, 2015 06:53 PM
Both with strong ties to Canora, Ken Mazur and the late Helen Danylchuk were recognized for their promotion and preservation of Ukrainian culture at the Ukrainian Canadian Congress’s Nation Builders and Community Recognitions Awards program in Saskatoon on Sunday.
The prestigious annual event, which was initially launched in 1995, has recognized many people with ties to Canora over the last 20 years. Awards are usually bestowed in two categories: the Nation Builders Award for those who have made meritorious contributions that have made a significant impact or left a legacy to the Ukrainian community; and the Community Recognition Awards for those who have made meritorious contributions in one or more of the following areas: leadership, volunteerism, cultural preservation and development and/or creativity and innovation to the Ukrainian community.
Mazur, who now lives in Regina, is being recognized for cultural preservation and development, and volunteerism; while Danylchuk’s award is being bestowed posthumously for cultural preservation and development.
A special award was presented this year to David Dutchak of Blaine Lake and Saskatoon for his leadership in facilitating the “Ambulances for Ukraine” humanitarian project, which saw the delivery of four fully equipped ambulances to Ukrainian hospitals treating those wounded in armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. One of those ambulances was donated by Duck Mountain Ambulance Care from Kamsack
In total, besides Dutchak’s award, there were three Nation Builders Awards presented and seven Community Recognition Awards.