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.
Highlights of the September 18th, 2015 Launch of Shevchenko Foundation's $20 million Capital Campaign – Our Legacy, Our Tomorrow!
The artist whose work is selected will receive an honorarium of $1,000. The Shevchenko Foundation will assume and retain ownership and copyright of the selected art image, and the original artwork will be delivered to the Shevchenko Foundation office.
Over 12,000 cards will be distributed across Canada during the 2015 Christmas season. Although the Christmas Card Campaign is primarily a fundraising appeal, it is also a unique venue through which to expose the talent of Ukrainian artists in Canada to a large and widespread audience.
For more information, call the Shevchenko Foundation office (toll free) 1-866-524-5314.
Kobzar Literary Award 2016 Shortlisted Authors
Featured at International Festival of Authors
September 7, 2015 (Toronto, Ontario). The Kobzar Literary Award
celebrates narratives that address Ukrainian Canadian themes.
Click here to read the media release (PDF).
Shevchenko Foundation offers
Writers' Scholarships at
Humber School for Writers Creative Writing Workshop
Two new directors appointed to Shevchenko Foundation
The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors.
As a philanthropic body, the Shevchenko Foundation believes in transparent governance, accountability to its donors, and continually providing opportunities for renewal and growth. Through an open call for nominations, two notable individuals were appointed to the Board, effective July 1, 2015 – Lidia Narozniak (Hamilton) and Scott Armstrong (Winnipeg).
Lidia Narozniak is an Assistant Crown Attorney in Hamilton, Ontario. Professionally, she is currently involved with various boards, including the Child Homicide Resource Team and the Death Investigation Oversight Council for Ontario. In the Ukrainian community, Lidia is actively involved with the Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada (SUM) at the national level, and most recently was elected President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Ontario Provincial Council.
Scott Armstrong is a lawyer by profession and currently works as Official Receiver/Senior Bankruptcy Analyst with Industry Canada, Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy. He is currently involved with the City of Winnipeg Museums Board and the Manitoba Choral Association. In the Ukrainian community Scott is actively involved with the O. Koshetz Choir, Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre, and the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Ivan Suchavsky.
Lidia Narozniak and Scott Armstrong replace outgoing Directors Bohdan Halkewycz (Winnipeg), and Ernest Paluck (Regina).
The Shevchenko Foundation Board of Directors is now comprised of Andrew Hladyshevsky, Q.C. (Edmonton) - President, Boris Balan (Toronto) - Vice-President, Sophia Kachor (Winnipeg) - Secretary-Treasurer, Adrian Boyko (Saskatoon), Gordon Gordey (Edmonton), Irka Mycak (Toronto), Lidia Narozniak (Hamilton), and Scott Armstrong (Winnipeg).
Matthew Fisher of PostMedia News is the sixth recipient of the John Syrnick Award for Journalism.Matthew was chosen from among 29 Canadian journalists who provided illuminating coverage of Ukraine's crisis in Canadian media. Andrew Hladyshevsky Q.C., President of the Shevchenko Foundation presented the award, which was accepted on behalf of Matthew Fisher by Margo Goodhand, editor of the Edmonton Journal.
Our 2015 Shevchenko Month Bookmark!
Based on Taras Shevchenko's poem Сова - The Owl, the 2015 Shevchenko
Month bookmark is the 14th in the series produced by the Shevchenko
Throughout the month of March 35,000 bookmarks will be distributed to our
donors, and to Ukrainian bilingual school programs and Ukrainian dance schools
Породила мати сина
В зеленій діброві,
Дала йому карі очі
І чорнії брови.
Всіх святих благала,
Та щоб йому всі святії
"Пошли тобі, Матірь-Божа,
Всього того, чого мати
Не з'уміє дати!"
До схід сонця воду брала,
В барвінку купала,
До півночі колихала,
До світа співала...
Т. Шевченко, Петербург, 1844
In a green wooded valley
A mother bore a son;
She gave him eyes most beautiful,
Brows like a benison.
And all the saints the dame besought
That he with luck might live:
"May God's own Mother grant all grace
That mothers cannot give!"
His bath at dead of night she drew
With periwinkles prim;
Till midnight he was cradled soft,
Till dawn she sang to him…
T. Shevchenko, St. Petersburg, 1844
Translation by C.H. Andrusyshen
Erin Haugen grew up in Edmonton, AB and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) from the Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary AB, where she majored in ceramics and experimented with numerous other mediums. An experienced painter, Erin has focused on her acrylic work and perfecting her skills writing Ukrainian Easter eggs – pysanky.
Erin’s passion for painting was ignited by issues related to the Holodomor (Famine-Genocide in Ukraine, 1932-33), and has developed into an exploration of imagery and themes of her Ukrainian heritage. Her interest in patterns draws on opulent Ukrainian embroidery and pysanka patterns.
She has taught classes, workshops and camp sessions covering various forms of arts and craft and has taken part in numerous art shows and sales. Her works can be found in private collections across Canada. She currently resides in St. Paul, AB with her husband and her two young sons.
Christmas Wishes from Shevchenko Foundation
Call for Artist Submissions - Shevchenko Month Bookmarker
Every March, the Shevchenko Foundation commemorates the work of poet Taras Shevchenko by distributing thousands of bookmarks to children across Canada who are enrolled in Ukrainian language classes in public, private, and Saturday schools. All Ukrainian dance schools and ensembles also receive this souvenir art piece miniature, which for some has become a collector’s item.
We ask for artists to create an art piece that depicts a work representing the chosen literary excerpt from Shevchenko’s poems.
This year, we are offering a choice of two poems:
“Сова” – “The Owl” “Псалми Давидові, XLIII” – “Psalms of David, XLIII”
Only one art piece, representing one of the two poems will be chosen for the 2015 March campaign. The artist may submit a work for one poem, or two works for both poems. The successful artist will receive an honorarium of $1,000.00 for the original art work selected.
The image should be suitable in its dimensions to be reproduced as a bookmark i.e. long and narrow. The finished bookmark size is 2” x 7.5”. Please ensure that there is room around your image in case it needs to be cropped slightly. Scans should be a minimum of 400dpi.
These campaigns have become successful educational tools from the Shevchenko Foundation. They also serve as a fabulous venue for exposing the artist to a very large audience. If you are interested get in touch with our office toll free: 1-866-524-5314 or email email@example.com
The deadline for submissions of art work for the March Campaign bookmark is January 20, 2015.
Call for Nominations to Shevchenko Foundation Board of Directors
The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko (Shevchenko Foundation) announces a call for the nomination of individuals to serve as Directors of the Foundation.
A Directors act in a position of trust for the community, are responsible for the effective governance of the organization, demonstrate leadership skills, and are committed to the development of the Ukrainian community and Ukrainian cultural heritage in Canada. As a volunteer Director, you help shape the policies of the Shevchenko Foundation, ensuring that it operates in a legal and ethical manner and within required bylaws.
If you are interested in being considered for appointment to the Board of Directors, please complete the Nomination Application (PDF) and submit by March 2, 2015 to: Nominating Committee Chair, UCFTS, 202 – 952 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB R2W 3P4, or email firstname.lastname@example.org