The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko is a national, chartered philanthropic institution providing leadership by building and nurturing a permanent endowment fund dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Ukrainian Canadian cultural heritage and the advancement of a flourishing Ukrainian community for the enrichment of Canada.
CANADIAN COMEDY ICON'S ONE-WOMAN PLAY WINS $25,000
TORONTO - At a ceremony at the Palais Royale on March 5, 2014, the $25,000 Kobzar Literary Award was presented by the Shevchenko Foundation to Diane Flacks, playwright, in collaboration with Andrey Tarasiuk and Luba Goy for the play Luba, Simply Luba (Scirocco Drama, J. Shillngford Publishing Inc, 2013) first staged at the Berkeley Street Theatre in the spring of 2012.
The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko is pleased to present the 2014 Shevchenko Month bookmark!
We congratulate artist Raina Stebelsky on having her work chosen to depict this year’s selected poem by Taras Shevchenko - Кавказ – The Caucasus.
“This has been a great honour to me, especially with Taras Shevchenko’s poem, Kavkaz, being so metaphoric of what has been going on in Ukraine lately”, says Ms Stebelsky. “Let us hope that the suffering of the Ukrainian people, as symbolized by Prometheus’ heroic struggle against an attacking eagle, is not for naught”.
За горами гори, хмарами повиті,
Засіяні горем, кровію политі;
Там орел карає,
Що-день божий довбе ребра
Й серце розбиває;
Розбиває, та не вип'є
Воно знову оживає,
І сміється знову.
Не вмірає душа наша,
Не вмірає воля,
І неситий не виоре
На дні моря поля,
Не скує душі живої
І слова живого,
Не понесе слави Бога,
Mountains beyond mountains, crags in stormclouds
Wild heights sown with sorrow, soil that blood has
From the dawn of time, Prometheus
Hangs, the eagle’s victim;
All God’s days, it pecks his ribs,
Tears the heart within him.
Tears, but cannot drink away
The blood that throbs with life,
Still it lives and lives again,
And still once more he smiles.
For our soul shall never perish,
Freedom knows no dying,
And the Glutton cannot harvest
Fields where seas are lying;
Cannot bind the living spirit,
Nor the living word,
Cannot smirch the sacred glory
Of almighty God.
November 18, 1845, Pereyaslav
Translated by V. Rich
Born in Vancouver, Raina is the daughter of Bohdan, who was an art critic and artist, and Ariadna, who was an art teacher and sculptor. She had a joint art exhibition with her mother in 1996 which included her father's works as a memorial to him and was entitled "Family Trees".
Raina has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto where she studied Fine Art and majored in Anthropology. She then went on to receive an Associate degree in Fine Art from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her understanding of the history of mankind and of human psychology has rendered a very interesting creative process, which can be observed in her work.
Raina began to feel the need to express herself through art at a very early age and was especially fascinated in the way colours could be used to express feelings and impressions. She saw, in the brightly-coloured icons and tapestries of her Ukrainian heritage, a means of expression that continues to have an impact on her art today. As well, her growing interest in the Scandinavian culture has brought out some exciting new elements in her art. Along the way, she has won art awards, including a stay at an art residence in Iceland during the summer of 2002. Unfortunately, it was during that stay that her mother suddenly passed away. However, she continues to be an influence in Raina's life with the example that she led in her perseverance in life and never giving up on her dreams.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The deadline for applying for scholarships and bursaries is May 15, 2014. Please
visit our Scholarship and Bursaries page for more information, and to download the application form.
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Celebrating 50 Years of the Shevchenko Foundation!
Check out our new history section about the Foundation!
Kobzar Literary Award 2014 Shortlisted Authors
Featured at International Festival of Authors
October 11, 2013 (Toronto, Ontario). What does a play about Canada's Queen of Comedy have in common with poetry that presents a cross-cultural journey, a compendium of folk remedies, stories of hardship in an Alberta internment camp and slave labour in a Nazi munitions factory? These works have all been shortlisted for the 2014 Kobzar Literary Award celebrating Ukrainian Canadian themes in Canadian literary arts. Between the covers, authors also explore Canadian Ukrainian immigration history, culture and social values along with the impact that newcomers had on their adopted homeland for generations to come.
Click here to read the entire media release (PDF).
Jurors Announced for
$25,000 Kobzar Literary Award
TORONTO, Ontario (September 13, 2013) – The Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko (Shevchenko Foundation) is pleased to announce the Kobzar 2014 Literary Award judging panel. In alphabetical order:
Frances Itani, C.M.
“The Board of Directors is proud and very pleased to have the expertise of jurors who are award winners and highly regarded in the literary world. Their choices for the Kobzar shortlist reflect their literary expertise as they diligently selected submissions that best suited our criteria.”stated Andrew Hladyshevsky, Q.C., President of the Shevchenko Foundation.
The Kobzar Literary Award was created to foster cultural development through the literary arts and create opportunities for all Canadian writers to explore Ukrainian Canadian themes.
The Kobzar 2014 Literary Award shortlisted finalists will be released soon and the recipient will be announced at an award ceremony on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Toronto’s Palais Royale.
Presented every two years, the $25,000 Kobzar Literary Award recognizes a Canadian writer who best presents a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit. Each shortlisted author receives $1,000.
Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko offers Kobzar Writer's Scholarships at the Humber School for Writers in Toronto.
Kobzar Writer's Scholarship Recipients
2007 Helen Pretulak of Prince Edward Island 2008 Natalia Buchok of Oakville, Ontario 2009 Ulana Snihuraof Toronto Ontario 2010 Tanya Berezuk of Peterborough, Ontario 2011 Marianne Fedunkiw and Krystine Dumyn Vecchio of Toronto, Ontario 2013 Dr. Joan Clayton of London, Ontario
The Shevchenko Foundation offers the Kobzar Writer's Scholarship annually to a Canadian writer with an advanced manuscript on a Ukrainian Canadian theme. This full tuition scholarship is intended to assist the writer to advance his/her work toward publication.
Canadian writers are encouraged to expand their writing interests through explorations of unique aspects of Ukrainian Canadian immigration history, the cultural and social values of that community and/or political issues and links with Ukraine. Narratives, whether personal or research based, must demonstrate substantial connectedness with Ukrainian Canadian issues and heritage.
Applications for this scholarship must firstly satisfy the admission requirements of the Humber School for Writers.
In upholding our decade long tradition, the Shevchenko Foundation is once again appealing to Ukrainian Canadian artists to submit an original art piece depicting a Ukrainian Christmas theme for our annual Christmas Card Campaign. This year for the first time, our foundation and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) are partnering in this appeal and two art pieces will be selected, one to be used in each campaign. A total of 25,000 cards with the successful art reproductions would be distributed across Canada during the Christmas season.
Although these Christmas Card Campaigns are primarily fund raising appeals for the Shevchenko Foundation and the UCC, they are truly a wonderful venue for exposing the talent of Ukrainian artists in Canada to a large and widespread audience. The two artists whose works are selected are paid an honorarium of $1,000 each for their art pieces which then become the property of our two organizations. For a retrospective of previous Christmas card art, please visit the Shevchenko Foundation Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ShevchenkoFoundation/photo_stream
We hope that you will consider our request. If interested, please email your work as a high resolution JPG image to email@example.com by Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The image dimensions should allow it to be easily reproduced into a 5” x 7” card.
Please also pass this information along to other Ukrainian artists in your community who may be interested.
I am pleased to present you with the 2012-2013 Annual Report which highlights our accomplishments in the past year.
As the cornerstone of Ukrainian-Canadian philanthropy, the Shevchenko Foundation proudly continues to provide significant financial support to Ukrainian Canadian organizations, groups, institutions and individuals to achieve their artistic, cultural and educational goals. From the original $400 grant distributed in 1964 to the first multiple grants in 1967 for the publication of The Ukrainian Poets 1189-1962, The Poetical Works of Taras Shevchenko and Taras Shevchenko the Artist, we have tried to stay true to our mandate.
We have provided significant funding to festivals and community events which have now blossomed into spectacles that have run for decades. We have supported hundreds of students at Ukrainian-Canadian institutions with bursaries and financial assistance to study Ukrainian culture abroad - setting the tone for our future leaders. The successes of the musicians, academics, researchers, writers, choirs, dance groups and visual artists whom we have assisted are a testament to the broad mandate of the Shevchenko Foundation.
Furthermore, we have witnessed many recent stepping stones such as the initiation of the Kobzar Fellowship (1998); the introduction of the annual Shevchenko bilingual bookmark (2002); the establishment of the Kobzar Literary Award™ (2003); and the John Syrnick Journalism Award (2005); and being awarded designated stewardship of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund (2008).
Being responsive to the ever changing needs of our community as well as to manage and archive grantee information for the long term, we have made significant revisions and improvements in our grant program and categories. By identifying four main categories; Arts; Community Development; Education and Heritage as outlined in the attached report, we are also able to focus our resources to better meet the needs in these key areas. We hope you enjoy reading the wonderful testimonials from those who benefitted from your generosity in the past year.
Now, as we launch into our 50th year, we are even more committed to doubling our efforts to attracting new supporters as well as continuing to be accountable and responsive to our donors and all those who have entrusted us with their gifts. Responding to current needs is a great challenge as we continue to receive over $1 million in requests annually. For these reason we ask that you consider, in this special year of our anniversary, to make as generous gift as you can. Your individual gift will affect the vitality of the community in which we, and our children and grandchildren live and will ensure that our culture will continue to thrive for generations to come.
Thank You & God Bless,
Andriy Hladyshevsky, Q.C.
Celebrating Our 50th
Click here to download this special edition of our E-Bulletin (PDF).
Congratulations to Jayne Paluck!
Another former Shevchenko Foundation board member (2002-2004) receives the Queen's Jubilee Medal. Congratulations Jayne Paluck of Regina SK!
Congratulations to Wally Shoemay!
CONGRATULATIONS to Wally Shoemay, our Foundation's long-time, hard-working Investment Committee Chairperson on receiving the Queen's Jubilee Medal for his contributions to the Ukrainian community in British Columbia and beyond! Wally was presented with the medal at a recent reception in Vancouver. He is shown here with our President Andriy Hladyshevsky, Q.C. and Paul Grod, President of UCC National. Thank you Wally and Mnohaya Lita!
More Great News!
Former Shevchenko Foundation Board members Anne Rusnak (1990-1996, 2000-2004) and Myron Pawlowsky (1990-1992) both of Winnipeg, were recently awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal for their outstanding contributions to the community. Thank you Anne & Myron for your commitment to the Ukrainian-Canadian community. Our heartfelt congratulations and Mnohaya Lita!
Dr. Christine Turkewych Awarded Queen’s Jubilee Medal
The Shevchenko Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of the Queen's Jubilee Medal to Dr. Christine Turkewych in a recent ceremony in Ottawa. "The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal was created to honour Her Majesty's 60 years of work on behalf of Canadians, and to recognize Canadians who exemplify a similar dedication to their community. Dr. Turkewych is one such Canadian whose accomplishments deserve our recognition." said Senator Andreychuk who presented Dr. Turkewych with the award. Dr. Turkewych is the Director of Literary Arts with the Shevchenko Foundation and is responsible for the Kobzar Literary Awards; the John Syrnick Award for Journalism and the Kobzar Writer's Scholarship at Humber College. We are proud of her valuable contributions to the Foundation as well as to the wider Canadian community and wish her Mnohaya Lita!
Taras Shevchenko Foundation Greetings
John Syrnick 2013 Journalism Award Presentation - Highlights
Andriy Hladyshevsky, Q.C Awarded Queen's Jubilee Medal
Shevchenko Foundation is very proud to announce that our Board President Andriy Hladyshevsky, Q.C. was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his many years of outstanding work in the community. The medal was presented by Ukrainian Canadian Congress President Paul Grod at a reception on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 in Edmonton.
Our Foundation’s President is a lawyer and partner with global law firm Dentons and his contributions to the community are wide ranging. He is a founding director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and was President of both the Professional Business Club of Edmonton and Dnipro Ensemble of Edmonton. Mr. Hladyshevsky is a tireless worker, and is extremely proud of his Ukrainian heritage and his Canadian community as a whole. He volunteers his time in many organizations, provides advice and finds time to sing in two choirs.
Andriy has held the position of President of the Shevchenko Foundation for the many years developing it into one of the top philanthropic organizations in Canada.
We are very proud to have someone of his talent and commitment in this role.
Congratulations Andriy & Мнoгая Лiта!
The Globe & Mail Wins Syrnick Journalism Award
Toronto, April 24, 2013 – The Globe & Mail is the fifth recipient of the John Syrnick Award for Journalism, sponsored by the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko. The Globe & Mail was chosen from a long list of Canadian print media who provide illuminating coverage of issues, significant to a readership of over one million Ukrainian Canadians.
Congratulations to Ms. Irena Bell of Ottawa on being presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Senator Raynell Andreychuk in a ceremony on Parliament Hill. Irena Bell is a generous supporter of the Shevchenko Foundation and a member of our Kobzar Fellowship circle. We are grateful to Irena for all the valuable work she does for the Ukrainian community in Ottawa and beyond and wish her Mnohaya Lita!