founder and first president of the B.C. Ukrainian Cultural Festival (BCUCF) (founded in 1995). Gladys is active with the Art Council of Surrey and her Ukrainian Women’s Association (UCC – Vancouver member organization) contributes much needed financial support to community youth groups such as the Youth Arts Council and the Young People’s Opera Society. Gladys promotes and organizes the Ukrainian participation in the annual Surrey Fusion Festival where she enjoys sharing and learning about Surrey’s diverse communities. Gladys plays multiple instruments including the tsymbaly, fiddle and mandolin. She organized a musical group that features the Ukrainian tsymbaly (a variation of the dulcimer) that has taken part in many cultural events both in Surrey, and beyond. Gladys has been active in many projects associated with the Surrey Museum including the very successful “Threads of Many Colours” exhibition.