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Welcome to the Shevchenko Foundation
  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.
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Shevchenko Foundation Call for Artist Submissions: Christmas Card

Shevchenko Foundation Call for Artist Submissions: Christmas Card

Shevchenko Foundation invites Ukrainian Canadian visual artists to submit an original art piece depicting a Ukrainian Christmas theme for our Christmas Card Campaign. A total of 12,000 cards with the successful art reproduction will be distributed across Canada during the Christmas 2014 season.

Although the Christmas Card Campaign is primarily a fund raising appeal, it is a truly wonderful venue through which to expose the talent of Ukrainian artists in Canada to a large and widespread audience. The artist whose work is selected will receive an honorarium of $1000 for the art piece, which then becomes the property of the Shevchenko Foundation.

If you are interested in responding to our Call for Submission, please email your work as a high resolution jpeg image to by October 1, 2014.

The image dimensions must be easily reproduced into a 5" x 7" card.

For more information call our office (toll free) 1-866-524-5314.
Listing of Plaque SitesCTO - One Hundred Plaques Across Canada Initiative

To mark the 100th anniversary of Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914-1920, the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation will be unveiling 100 plaques on Friday, August 22, 2014, the 100th anniversary of the War Measures Act.

This initiative, the CTO (“One Hundred”) project, enjoys the financial support of the UCCLF and of the Endowment Council of the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund.

All 100 plaques will be unveiled on Friday, August 22, 2014, at 11 am (local time) in Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, German, and Hungarian churches and cultural centres, as well as in local and regional museums and other public venues, creating a “wave” of unveilings, moving from east to west, from coast to coast.
Shevchenko on the Allée des Poètes in Quebec City

On Saturday, May 31, 2014 the Ukrainian community in Quebec realized its dream to honour the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Ukraine’s most renowned poet, Taras Shevchenko, with the unveiling of a bronze bust of Shevchenko on the Allée des Poètes in Quebec City.

Shevchenko Foundation Director Irka Mycak, left, and artist Oleh Lesiuk, right, with the bronze bust of T. Shevchenko at Quebec City’s Allée des Poètes.

Shevchenko Foundation Director Irka Mycak, left, and artist Oleh Lesiuk, right,
with the bronze bust of T. Shevchenko at Quebec City's Allée des Poètes.

Irka Mycak, Director of the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko (Shevchenko Foundation) was among the hundreds of spectators, who attended the official unveiling of the monument.

“Shevchenko Foundation is very proud to have supported such an important project, and congratulates the Quebec Shevchenko Monument Committee for this tremendous achievement”, said Ms Mycak. “The unveiling of this bust to Shevchenko has been a rallying point for Quebec’s Ukrainian community, and provides a strong Ukrainian presence in the heart of French Quebec.”

Working in partnership with the Commission de la Capitale Nationale (National Capital Commission) and the Ville de Québec (City of Quebec), the Quebec Shevchenko Monument Committee endowed the bust of Shevchenko, a sculpture by Toronto artist Oleh Lesiuk. The Commission and City of Quebec allocated and prepared the land for the monument, installed the granite pedestal, and will maintain the monument in perpetuity.

The Allée des Poètes already accommodates the bronze busts of such world-renown poets as Dante Alighieri (Italy), Alexander Pushkin (Russia), and Nguyen Trai (Vietnam).
Shevchenko Foundation celebrates in Thunder Bay!

On Friday May 9, 2014 the Shevchenko Foundation continued its 50th anniversary celebrations with a stop in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Together with representatives of Thunder Bay’s Ukrainian community, the Shevchenko Foundation invited the public to celebrate its milestone with performances of dance and music, and a presentation on the work of the Foundation.

Performers included members of the Chaban Ukrainian Dance Group, a musical trio, and a women’s choir that came together specifically for this event to sing songs to the poetry of Taras Shevchenko. In impromptu fashion, all members of the audience sang along with the ensemble, making for a truly memorable moment of community spirit.

In the welcoming atmosphere created by the organizers at the Ukrainian National Home, Shevchenko Foundation Executive Director Lesia Szwaluk spoke to the gathering of approximately 70 people, focusing on the Foundation’s work in supporting Ukrainian Canadian cultural initiatives, and specifically of the support of projects initiated by cultural groups in Thunder Bay.

“It is encouraging to see the Ukrainian community in Thunder Bay continue to create opportunities to engage both young and old in the many facets of Ukrainian Canadian arts”, said Ms Szwaluk.

The audience in attendance also had the opportunity to view the Foundation’s 50th anniversary video presentation on the history and work of the Shevchenko Foundation. A reception followed the concert, giving all those present the opportunity to visit and learn more about the Foundation.

The Shevchenko Foundation kicked off its 50th anniversary celebrations in October, 2013 in Nanaimo, BC, and will conclude them in June, 2014 in Halifax, NS.

The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko (Shevchenko Foundation) was incorporated by an Act of Parliament on July 22, 1963. Over its 50 year history the Foundation has invested $10 million in support of Ukrainian Canadian culture and community life.

Shevchenko Foundation celebrates in Thunder Bay!

Shevchenko Foundation Executive Director Lesia Szwaluk (back row, second from left)
and Executive Assistant Bohdana Bashuk (back row right)
with members of Chaban Ukrainian Dance Group, singers and musicians in Thunder Bay, ON, May 9, 2014.
Raina StebelskyScholarships and Bursaries at the Shevchenko Foundation

The Foundation supports higher education by providing several scholarships and bursaries annually, and encourages students of Ukrainian heritage to apply. This year's deadline for applications is May 30, 2014.

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Highlights of the 2014 Kobzar Literary Award

The 2014 Kobzar Literary Award was held March 4, 2014 in Toronto. The $25,000 Award was presented to Diane Flacks, playwright, in collaboration with Andrey Tarasiuk and Luba Goy for the play Luba, Simply Luba (Scirocco Drama, J. Shillingford Publishing Inc., 2013)

The other 2014 nominees included Erin Moure for The Unmemntioable (House of Anansi, 2012); Michael Mucz for Baba's Kitchen Medicines (University of Alberta Press, 2012); Barbara Sapergia for Blood and Salt (Coteau Books, 2012) and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch for Making Bombs For Hitler (Scholastic Canada Ltd., 2012). Each shortlisted author received $1000.00.

The adjudication panel of esteemed Canadian authors Joe Kertes, Frances Itani, Annabel Lyon and Olive Senior made their selection with criteria for best development of a Canadian Ukrainian theme with literary merit. It was a difficult decision - as Itani observed, "All of the nominated books met the criteria." 

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Kobzar Literary Award 

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.

Click here to read the media release (PDF).
Our 2014 Shevchenko Month Bookmark!

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 - КавказThe Caucasus.

Our 2014 Shevchenko Month Bookmark!

“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;
   Зпокон-віку Прометея
   Там орел карає,
   Що-день божий довбе ребра
   Й серце розбиває;
   Розбиває, та не вип'є
   Живущої крови,
   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,
   Великого Бога.

Т.  Шевченко
18.XI.1845, Переяслав
The Caucasus

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.

T. Shevchenko
November 18, 1845, Pereyaslav
Translated by V. Rich

Raina Stebelsky

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.
Celebrating 50 Years of the Shevchenko Foundation!

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Call for Artist Submission
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).
Ways to Contribute

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:

Joe Kertes   
Frances  Itani, C.M.  
Annabel  Lyon 
Olive Senior   
“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.

For more information, view:

Dr. Christine Turkewych, Director of Literary Arts

Writers' Scholarships

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.

For further clarification contact Dr. Christine Turkewych, Director, email:
Call for Christmas Card Art Entries

Call for Christmas Card Art EntriesIn 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

We hope that you will consider our request. If interested, please email your work as a high resolution JPG image to 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. 
Dear Friends

2012-2013 Annual Report of the Shevchenko Foundation 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 J. Hladyshevsky, Q.C
Andriy Hladyshevsky, Q.C.
Celebrating Our 50th

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Congratulations to Sonia Mysak!Congratulations to Sonia Mysak!

Shevchenko Foundation extends sincere congratulations to Sonia Mysak, Chair of the Saskatoon Friends of the Shevchenko Foundation, who received the Queen's Jubilee Medal on December 28th. The medal was presented to Pani Mysak by Senator Raynell Andreychuk.  
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