In 2005, the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko launched the John Syrnick Journalism Award. This award acknowledges the efforts of Canadian journalists, who produce insightful and substantive reporting on topics of interest to the Ukrainian Canadian community.
Named in honour of John Syrnick, a long time influential editor of one of the oldest Ukrainian newspapers in Canada, Ukrainian Voice, that celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010. Mr. Syrnick served as editor from 1947 – 1970 and under his editorial stewardship, Ukrainian Voice enabled hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian Canadians to define and promote the interests of their community within a multicultural Canada.
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John Syrnick 2013 Journalism Award Presentation - Highlights
2013 The Globe & Mail “For coverage of the 2012 elections in Ukraine with well researched and thoroughly written articles, of importance and relevance to all Canadians, by Brian Bonner, John Doyle, Hon. Derek Fraser and John Stackhouse.”
2011 Frédérick Lavoie for La Presse Montréal “Frédérick Lavoie was selected for his authentic coverage of the political situation in Ukraine, from September 2009 to September 2010.”
2009 Winnipeg Free Press “The Winnipeg Free Press was chosen for its 2008 coverage of the 75th anniversary of Holodomor, a famine/genocide in Ukraine in 1932-33, an event of historical significance to the free world and the Ukrainian Canadian community.”
2007 Victor Malarek, Senior Reporter at CTV’s W-FIVE "Victor Malarek was chosen for his continual dedication to substantive research and reporting on issues of importance and relevance to the Ukrainian Canadian community”.
2005 Mark MacKinnon, Globe and Mail "MacKinnon's coverage demonstrated consistent and substantive coverage of Ukraine's history leading to the Orange Revolution and the critical period from the second election to the final results of the third election that took place in December 2004."
The award consists of one thousand dollars, a plaque and a set of Encyclopedia of Ukraine to the journalist and another set to the press.
Syrnick National Selection Committee Members from 2005 to 2013 include pre-eminent Canadian academics and Ukrainian-Canadian community leaders. The committee is chaired by the Foundation’s Director of Literary Arts, Dr. Christine Turkewych.
Jars Balan (2013, 2011)
Prof. Zenon Kohut (2009)
Daria Luciw (2009)
Halya Wilson (2009)
Michael Savaryn (2007)
Prof. Bohdan Medwisky (2005)
Dr. Roman Petryshyn (2005)
Boris Kishchuk (2013, 2011)
Danylo Puderak (2007)
Prof. Bohdan Kordan (2005-2011)
Prof. Roman Yereniuk (2013, 2011)
Bohdan Halkewycz (2013, 2009)
Prof. Oleh Gerus (2005-11)
Prof. Dominique Arel (2013, 2007-11)
Roman Senkus (2013, 2005-2011)
Christina Isajiw (2013, 2005-2011)
Irena Bell (2013, 2005-11)
Irka Mycak (2009)
Oksana Zakydalsky (2009)
Dr. Olga Andrijewsky (2007)
Dr. Frank Sysyn (2007)
Dr. Oleh Waler (2005-09)
Valya Kuryliw (2005)
Zorianna Hrycenko-Luhova (2011)
Rt. Rev. Dr. Ihor G. Kutash (2005-9)
Simon Kouklewsky (2005-7)