July 13, 2023. OTTAWA, ON. Today, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) and the Ukrainian War Veterans Association of Canada (UWVA) together launched the Ukrainian Canadian Sacrifice Medal and opened a Call for Design Proposals.
“Many Canadians have volunteered to fight for Ukraine’s freedom in the ranks of Ukraine’s Foreign Legion. Several have heroically given their lives or been wounded. The Ukrainian Canadian Sacrifice Medal is our community’s opportunity to honour their bravery and valour,” stated Taras Jackiw, Chair of the Medal Committee and Treasurer of the UWVA. “Generations of Canadians have courageously defended freedom against tyranny – today, many do so valiantly in Ukraine, and we are forever grateful for their service.”
Established by a Resolution of the XXVII Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians in Winnipeg in fall, 2022, the Ukrainian Canadian Sacrifice Medal will honour Canadian citizens who have been killed or wounded in action serving with Ukraine’s Armed Forces in defence of Ukraine’s freedom against Russia’s genocidal war.
The Ukrainian Canadian Sacrifice Medal is funded (in part) by the Shevchenko Foundation Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Fund. The UCC and UWVA are grateful for their generous support.
Call for Medal Design Proposals
The Medal Committee announced today a Call for Design Proposals to artists.
A $1000 honorarium will be presented to the artist who develops the selected design.
The Medals will be full-sized, stamped in metal.
Interested artists are asked to submit their design sketches to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Ukrainian Canadian Sacrifice Medal”
Deadline for Design Submissions is October 1, 2023
Members of the Ukrainian Canadian Sacrifice Medal Committee are:
• Taras Jackiw (Chair) UWVA
• Jars Balan (UCC), Ukrainian Self-Reliance League of Canada
• Captain (Retired) Ihor Kozak CD (UCC)
• Captain (Retired) Andre Sochaniwsky CD (UWVA)
• Roman Waschuk (UCC), former Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine (2014-19)