UCC Congratulates Recipients of Ukraine Medals

UCC Congratulates Recipients of Ukraine Medals


August 30, 2017. OTTAWA. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) congratulates members of the Ukrainian Canadian community who were awarded state medals by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.


On August 23, President Poroshenko signed a decree (No. 250/2017) awarding citizens of foreign countries for their “significant personal contributions to the strengthening of the international authority of the Ukrainian state, the popularization of its historical and modern heritage.”


Leaders of the Ukrainian community in Canada who received awards were:


Order of Merit, III class

Ian Ihnatowycz, philanthropist, Vice-Chair of the UCC Advisory Council



Medal of the President of Ukraine – Cross of Ivan Mazepa

Taras Bahriy, President of UCC Toronto Branch;


David Dutchak, Saskatchewan-Ukraine Relations Advisory Committee;



John Holuk, Chair of UCC Ukraine Appeal;

Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz, President, UCC Alberta Provincial Council;

Renata Roman, Chair, UCC Invictus Games Organizing Committee;

Orest Steciw, Managing Director, League of Ukrainian Canadians


Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada, His Excellency Andriy Shevchenko, stated, “With these awards Ukraine would like to recognize the extraordinary support from the Ukrainian Canadian Community. We thank those chosen to receive the Medal and hundreds of other extraordinary Ukrainian Canadians for their tireless, dedicated and efficient efforts. It is a great inspiration for Ukrainians around the globe.”


“On behalf of the UCC, thank you to all of the many volunteers across Canada who have responded to the call to assist our brothers and sisters in Ukraine,” stated Paul Grod, National President of the UCC. “Our community is truly blessed to have such committed, generous and devoted individuals.”


To view the decree from President Poroshenko, please see here: Указ Президента України No. 250/2017http://www.president.gov.ua/documents/2502017-22442






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