City of Residence: Edmonton, AB
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress awards the Shevchenko Medal to Marco Levytsky as an expression of acknowledgment for his contribution to the development of the newspaper Ul‹rainion News into a national paper accessible to all Ukrainian communities in Canada.
Marco Levytsky changed Ukrainian News from a Ukrainian Catholic newspaper for Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia into a Canadian financially independent paper which is read by Ukrainian Canadians from coast to coast . Featuring news about youth groups, especially about the achievements of dance ensembles, he attracted new young readers and, in this way, assured the future of this newspaper.
He constantly brings to the attention of the readers the interest of the Ukrainian Canadian community in Canada, especially when these interests are attacked by outside forces.
As editor and publisher of Ukrainian News, he found a way to combine the need to inform about the important events in Ukrainian community life with the need of financial stability, and delivered to his readers a consummate and interesting product.