The Shevchenko Foundation congratulates past president Andrew Hladyshevsky, Q.C., on being awarded the highest recognition of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the Taras Shevchenko Medal.
A lawyer by profession and a practicing partner with the international law firm Dentons, Andrew Hladyshevsky was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2000. He is a noted author of legal texts, a lecturer at the University of Alberta, and an active member of several legal organizations.
Andrew served as President of the Shevchenko Foundation for 24 years. Under his leadership the Foundation grew its endowment fund to $32 million and initiated several programs to advance Ukrainian culture and the community in Canada. The Foundation has successfully supported hundreds of Ukrainian Canadian cultural organizations and artists that, through their work, promote the Ukrainian cultural heritage in Canada.
The establishment of the Kobzar Literary Award in 2003 was the realization of a long-term vision with which Andrew believed that the stories of the Ukrainian Canadian experience needed to be shared with all Canadians.
In 2008, along with representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association, he successfully negotiated a $10 million settlement with the Federal Government to create the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund tasked with educating the public about Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914 to 1920.
He promoted the preservation by the Foundation of the Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Fund that will honour in perpetuity the legacy of the many men and women who had served in two World Wars and other conflicts.
Andrew’s involvement in the Ukrainian community in Canada is extensive including youth organizations and the Ukrainian Professional and Business Club of Edmonton. He is Past President of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, is currently President of the Ukrainian Viter Ensemble (Edmonton) and is a long-standing member of the world renowned Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus.
As a result of his community involvement, Andrew has received numerous awards, including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2014), the Award of Merit from the Republic of Ukraine (2008), University of Alberta Alumni Association Honour Award (2007) and the Alberta Hetman Award for Outstanding Community Volunteerism.