"The Youth Leadership Award is an important instrument to recognize, encourage, and show appreciation for the young leaders of the Ukrainian Canadian community," said UCC National President Paul Grod. "Therefore, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress is pleased to present the Ukrainian Canadian Youth Leadership Award of Excellence to the following recipients:
Katrina Maria Baziuk (Edmonton)
|Katrina Maria Baziuk (Edmonton)|
In addition, Katrina initiated "Zustrich"; an Alberta-wide leadership/cultural retreat for youth.
Active in the community, she has been a Ukrainian dancer since the age of 4, and she is also a member of the Viter Ukrainian Folk Choir. Katrina is a graduate of the University of Alberta (Pharmacy) 2010.
Kristin Glover (Toronto)
|Kristin Glover (Toronto)|
|Christina Sawchyn (Montreal)|
Christina sits on the National Council of the Ukrainian Youth group PLAST, where she has helped to train PLAST counsellors.
She is a prominent leader in PLAST Canada who leads by example, having played a key role in coordinating and delivering training to scores of Ukrainian-Canadian teenagers.
She also initiated and is coordinating a project to celebrate the 100th anniversary of PLAST - for which young adults around the world complete 100 good deeds for 100 years of PLAST's existence.
Christina was an international election observer during the Presidential elections in Ukraine in 2004 and 2010 and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
Andrew Wodoslawsky (Toronto):
The fourth recipient of the Ukrainian Canadian Youth Leadership Award of Excellence is Andrew Wodoslawsky of Toronto.
Andrew has a Masters degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto, where he has also served on the executive of the Ukrainian students club, as well as on the National executive of SUSK.
Andrew is also actively involved with the Ukrainian Youth group PLAST where he is a councillor for both the younger and older youth as well as the founder of Ukrainian dance group "ISKRA".
Andrew has written extensively and published articles on the Holodomor and the state of the environment in Ukraine.
He also created and produced the Ukrainian card game "Za Voliu!" (For Freedom!) which has been marketed and sold in Canada and across the world.
Best wishes to these outstanding young people for their achievements, and for their future endeavours.