Ottawa, November 2, 2019
UCCLA Board Member, Borys Sydoruk, was awarded the Taras Shevchenko Medal for Community Development, the highest form of recognition that can be granted by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. Mr. Sydoruk received this award at the Ukrainian Canadian Congress XXVI Triennial Congress Award Ceremony in Ottawa on November 2, 2019.
The Shevchenko Medal recognizes individuals of Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian descent, as well as institutions and organizations, for their outstanding national contribution towards the development of the Ukrainian Canadian community. Outstanding achievement is measured by the recipients’ level of excellence and initiative, their sustained body of work, peer recognition and the recipients’ broad impact inside and outside the Ukrainian Canadian community.
Shevchenko Medals may be awarded in the categories of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Education, Sport, and also in the category of Public service.
Borys Sydoruk played a vital role in the campaign for recognition and redress of Canada’s First World War Internment Operations and has overseen the installation of many historical markers and statues across Canada that raise awareness about internment. He has made significant contributions to national and international campaigns on Holodomor awareness, and facilitated campaigns to honour and promote the legacy of Ukrainian Canadian war heroes.
Alexandra Chyczij, UCC National President awards Borys Sydoruk with the Taras Shevchenko Medal.