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  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 offers Writers' Scholarships at the 25th Anniversary of the Creative Writing Workshop by Humber School for Writers during IFOA (International Festival of Authors) Sunday October 23 - Friday October 28 2016 at Harbourfront in Toronto

The Shevchenko Foundation offers two Kobzar Writers' Scholarships at the Humber School for Writers' creative writing workshop during the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront in Toronto from Sunday October 23 to Friday October 28 2016. These full tuition scholarships are awarded annually to Canadian writers whose narratives develop with a Ukrainian Canadian theme and are intended to assist the writers to complete their work for publication.

Deadline for applications September 26, 2016.

For details, please visit Humber's website at

The workshop consists of a Sunday afternoon reception, five weekday classes from 10am to 1pm, a lunch break (on your own) from 1 to 2 pm, and afternoon lectures. Some evening events are also scheduled, and the IFOA runs dozens of author readings and talks, many of them free to Humber workshop participants. The workshop costs $849.

To apply for the Kobzar Writer's Scholarship, please state prominently your intent in the cover letter of your application. Because competition for scholarships is high, applicants must provide a statement explaining their financial situation, some proof of need, and a credit card number. Please include two identical copies (no more than 15 pages each) of an excerpt from your work of non-fiction, fiction, poetry or play for assessment. Please ensure that pages are numbered, double-spaced in 12-point font, and that your name appears on each page. Include two copies of a cover letter that tells a little about yourself and your writing. Complete the application form found on the website.

The Kobzar Writers' Scholarships are offered to Canadian writers whose narrative develops a Canadian Ukrainian theme.

For application inquiries, please contact Hilary Higgins at 416-675-6622, ext. 3449 or
For all other inquiries contact Dr. Christine Turkewych, Director of Literary Arts, Shevchenko Foundation at


On February 10, 2016 Shevchenko Foundation launched the Our Legacy, Our Tomorrow Capital Campaign in Manitoba with a reception at Qualico Family Centre in beautiful Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg. The evening was highlighted by generous donations to the Our Legacy, Our Tomorrow Campaign from Rt. Rev. Msgr. Mitrat Michael Buyachok, Eugene and Zorianna Hyworon, and Dr. Mark and Diana Semchyshyn. Invited guests were also treated to performances by the Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus, members of the Verba Ukrainian Dance Company, and singer/songwriter William Prince.

The 2016 Kobzar Literary Award Gala Highlights!

Watch the highlights from the 2016 Kobzar Literary Award Ceremony and Dinner, which took place March 2, 2016 at Palais Royale, Toronto.

Maurice Mierau is the winner of the 2016 Kobzar Literary Award for his memoir Detachment: An Adoption Memoir, about Mierau and his wife’s decision to adopt two small boys from Ukraine.

The $25,000 Kobzar Literary Award recognizes outstanding contributions to Canadian literary arts by authors who develop a Ukrainian Canadian theme with literary merit in one of several genres: literary non-fiction, fiction, poetry, young readers’ literature, plays, screenplays, and musicals.

Our 2016 Shevchenko Month Bookmarker

Shevchenko Foundation congratulates Larissa Pohoreski for her winning submission of artwork for the 2016 Shevchenko Month bookmarker, based on the chosen literary excerpt from Taras Shevchenko's poem "Hamaliya".

Over 35,000 bookmarkers will be printed and distributed across Canada to Ukrainian language schools, dance schools and youth organizations. Donors to Shevchenko Foundation will also be receiving the bookmarker as a token of our appreciation!

Larissa PohoreskiLarissa Pohoreski is a multidisciplinary artist based in Edmonton, Alberta. From a young age she was invested in the world of drawing and painting, a passion which continues to grow. She has always been interested in mixing styles, combining traditional techniques with contemporary themes, and continues to step outside the box. Larissa primarily works with acrylics, and has a keen interest in exploring the effects of mixed media. Besides painting, Larissa also writes unique pysanky, and works as a lighting designer, actor, dancer, vocalist and musician. She is heavily inspired by her Ukrainian culture and continues to pursue new and exciting avenues for her art, all while testing the boundaries of her own creativity.

Larissa studied Theatre Design at the University of Alberta for a number of years before pursuing her love for performing. She completed the Theatre Arts program at MacEwan University.
Call for Artist Submissions - 2016 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 the chosen literary excerpt from Shevchenko's poems. This year's excerpt is "Hamaliya". The original Ukrainian-language version, and English translation appear below.

The selected art work will be used in the 2016 March campaign. 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, 2016.


“Пливуть собі...

А ізза хвилі
Сонце хвилю червонить;
Перед ними море миле
Гомонить і клекотить.

Гамаліє! Вітер віє
Ось-ось наше море!...
І сховалися за хвилі,
За рожеві гори. “
      Петербург, 1842

“So on they sail…

From behind the hills
The sun on the waves its redness spills;
Before them spreads the inviting sea,
Gurgling and humming pleasantly.

Hamailya! The wind is blowing!...
Into the sea we are boldly rowing!...
And they dipped and were hidden behind the waves,
The rosy crests of the billowy caves.”
      St. Petersburg, 1842

Shevchenko Foundation calls for Nominations for New Board Members

As a volunteer Board Member, the director sets the policy of the Shevchenko Foundation, ensures that it operates in a legal, ethical and professional manner.  The Board Member acts in a position of trust for the community and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization, demonstrates leadership skills and is committed to the development of Ukrainian community and Ukrainian cultural heritage in Canada.

Board Members need to have knowledge and skills in one or more of these areas:
  • Knowledge of the Ukrainian community in Canada, ideally as demonstrated by active participation in organizational life,
  • Broad understanding of Ukrainian cultural traditions and challenges in maintaining a Ukrainian identity in Canada,
  • Experience in the development of strategies, objectives, formulation and oversight of policies and procedures,
  • Financial management including adoption and oversight of budget, financial statements, risk management,
  • Able to review proposals for grants that are received by the Foundation and to provide recommendations for funding of grant proposals in a fair and impartial manner,
  • Experience in the field of human resources, and
  • Experience on other boards
NOTE:  Board meetings are conducted in English; however knowledge of the Ukrainian language is an asset.

If you are interested in being considered for the Board of Directors, please complete the Nomination Application and submit by March 4th, 2016 to:

Nominating Committee Chair
202-952 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R2W 3P4
or email
Highlights of the September 18th, 2015 Launch of Shevchenko Foundation's $20 million Capital Campaign – Our Legacy, Our Tomorrow!

Read more about the Our Legacy, Our Tomorrow Capital Campaign!
Shevchenko Foundation Call for Artist Submissions: 2015 Christmas Card

Shevchenko Foundation Call for Artist Submissions: 2015 Christmas Card

The Shevchenko Foundation invites Ukrainian Canadian visual artists to submit an original work of art depicting a Ukrainian Christmas theme for our 2015 Christmas Card Campaign.

Deadline for submissions is midnight October 1, 2015.

Submission Guidelines:
  • Original images may be colour drawings or paintings depicting a Ukrainian Christmas or winter theme.
  • A maximum of 3 images may be submitted by any individual artist.
  • The image dimensions must be easily reproduced into a 5” x 7” card.
  • The submission must be in the form high resolution jpeg of the proposed image, and must be accompanied by the title of the work, type of medium and a short CV of the artist.
Send all submissions to

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

The Shevchenko Foundation offers two Kobzar Writers' Scholarships at a workshop during the Toronto International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront from Sunday October 25 to Friday October 30 2015. These full tuition scholarships are awarded annually to Canadian writers whose narratives develop with a Ukrainian Canadian theme and are intended to assist the writers to complete their work for publication.

Click here to read the media release (PDF).
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.

The National 2015 Syrnick Selection Committee, chaired by Dr. Christine Turkewych, included eminent Canadian academics and leaders from the Ukrainian-Canadian community: George Melnyk, Associate Professor, Film Studies and Canadian Studies, University of Calgary; Boris Kishchuk, Chair, Canada-Ukraine Centre Inc. Saskatchewan; Professor Bohdan Kordan, Director of the Prairie Centre for Study of Ukrainian Heritage at St. Thomas Moore College, University of Saskatchewan; Roman Senkus, Director, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Publications Program & Managing Editor of Encyclopedia of Ukraine & Journal of Ukrainian Studies; Chrystyna Isajiw, Ukrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre; Bob Leshchyshen, MBA,CFA , Buduchnist Credit Union Board of Directors and Chairman BCU Foundation; Prof. Dominique Arel, University of Ottawa, Chair of Ukrainian Studies; Irene Bell, producer & host of Ukrainian Hour, Radio CHIN; Konstantin Huytan, Sr. Policy Analyst, Government of Canada; and Gordon Gordey, Board of Directors Shevchenko Foundation.
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
Music of Survival - Winnipeg Premiere

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