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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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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 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.

cott Armstrong 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).
John Syrnick Award 2015John Syrnick Award 2015

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 Foundation.

Throughout the month of March 35,000 bookmarks will be distributed to our donors, and to Ukrainian bilingual school programs and Ukrainian dance schools in Canada.

Породила мати сина
В зеленій діброві,
Дала йому карі очі
І чорнії брови.
Китайкою повивала,
Всіх святих благала,
Та щоб йому всі святії
Талан-долю слали:
"Пошли тобі, Матірь-Божа,
Тії благодати,
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

The Owl
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

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.
Erin Haugen
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

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
Music of Survival - Winnipeg Premiere

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Our 2013 - 2014 Annual ReportOur 2013 - 2014 Annual Report

The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko is proud to release its Annual Report, highlighting its granting activity, the celebrations of its 50th anniversary, and the audited financial statements for the 2013 - 2014 fiscal year.

We invite you to read the Report to acquaint yourself with the many worthwhile cultural and community projects supported this past year by the Shevchenko Foundation in its mandate to preserve, promote, and develop Ukrainian Canadian cultural heritage.
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.

Click here for more information.
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. 
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