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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Congratulations to the 2011 recipients of the UCC Youth Leadership Award of Excellence

The Board of Directors of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress has selected four individuals to receive the UCC Youth Leadership Award of Excellence.

"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)
The Ukrainian Canadian Youth Leadership Award of Excellence went to Katrina Maria Baziuk of Edmonton for her work as National President of CYMK (Ukrainian Orthodox Youth) and as President of the Ukrainian Shumka dancers.

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)
The Ukrainian Canadian Youth Leadership Award was given to Kristin Glover of Toronto for her work in reviving the Ukrainian National Youth Federation of Canada as a national organization. She has also volunteered for and raised funds for "Help Us Help the Children."

Kristin was instrumental in launching the UNF's Paul Yuzyk Institute for Youth Leadership in November 2009.

A History graduate from the University of Windsor, Kristin has provided leadership in launching Eparchial Young Adult programs for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada.

Christina Sawchyn (Montreal)
Christina Sawchyn (Montreal)

The third recipient of the Ukrainian Canadian Youth Leadership Award of Excellence is Christina Sawchyn of 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.

Многая Літа!

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