UCC-APC ANNUAL HETMAN AWARDS | Honour Ukrainian Community Volunteers!

In 1998, the UCC-Alberta Provincial Council initiated an Annual Hetman Awards to acknowledge significant volunteer achievements of outstanding Ukrainian Albertans. The Annual Hetman Awards are dedicated to the celebration of all volunteers who have chosen to give their time, effort and expertise in order to keep our Ukrainian Canadian community in Alberta strong, vibrant and active. In 2020 new recognition category was added – Professional Achievement Award. The UCC-APC recognizes that many members within and beyond our community make substantial, positive impacts on Ukrainian issues through their professional work.

The UCC-APC welcomes nominations from any organization or group of individuals in Alberta. The Hetman Award selection committee is comprised of former Hetman Award recipients. All award recipients will be publicly honoured at the Annual Hetman Awards Gala. Please note that all sitting presidents of organizations that are members of the UCC-APC board are not eligible for a Hetman award.

I was very honored when I found out about this. Volunteerism and keeping our Ukrainian Community strong is something I care deeply about. Not for recognition. But for the good of our community and the upcoming generations behind us.  My parents and grandparents did the same for our community. I owe it to them to continue the tradition and keep building on our community. Christopher Gnyra, 2021 Hetman Award recipient 

2022 DEADLINE IS June 15TH! NEW! Please note that the Senior and Adult Hetman Awards have been merged. We now accept nominations for Hetman Outstanding Leader for everyone ages 31+ and Outstanding Youth Leader ages 16-30. 

Hetman Award

Exemplary Volunteer Award 

Professional Achievement Award

View Nomination Application EXAMPLE

This year’s Hetman Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at St. Basil’s Cultural Centre, 10819 71 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 0X8. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased on Eventbrite or by calling our office at (780) 414-1624. Doors open at 5:00 pm with a Kozak reception and dinner. The award presentations and meal begin at 6:00 pm. Guests will enjoy a wonderful gourmet buffet dinner and a local Ukrainian talent. 

Please note the following:

  • Basil’s Cultural Centre is a participant in the Restrictions Exemption Program (REP). For details about the REP, please visit the following link.
  • All vaccine-eligible persons (ages 12+) will be screened for one of the following at the point of entry: 
    • proof of vaccination (two doses as per the REP requirement);  OR 
    • proof of a negative privately-paid test result from a sample that is taken within the prior 72 hours (Results from Alberta Health Services are not eligible for consideration for this program). 
  • Masks must be worn in shared spaces and while waiting in line.
  • The out-of-town guests may take advantage of the corporate discount rate at the Days Inn Hotel (10333 University Ave, Edmonton, AB T6E 6N3)
  • UCC-APC will continue to monitor public health recommendations and adjust the event style should new restrictions occur.  

You can purchase your ticket on Eventbrite or by calling our office at (780) 414-1624. Purchase Eventbrite Ticket

Questions? Call the UCC-APC office at (780) 414-1624 or email us



The Hetman 2021 Recipients are as follows:

Outstanding Leader: Amil Shapka, Bill Shostak, Chris Gnyra, Chrystia Moussienko, Marian Gauk, Mary Krys

Exemplary Volunteer: Anne Stephen

Professional Achievement: Debbie Kachmar-Potter, George Chrunik, Ihor Bohdan,  Ken Kachmar, Mykola Kanevets, Radomir Bilash

Posthumus: Dr. Bohdan Medwidsky, Elias John Cholach



The Hetman 2020 Recipients are as follows:

Adult: Marko Kopinec, Lidia Wasylyn, Borys Sydoruk, Oksana Dawid

Senior: Slava Yopyk

Exemplary Volunteer: Cheryl Semeniuk, Svitlana Kadziela

Professional Achievement: Olenka Bilash, Shane Gibson

L to R: Ambassador Andriy Shevchenko, Orysia Boychuk, President, UCC-APC, Svitlana Kadziela, Marco Levytsky, Marko Kopinec, Slava Yopyk, Lidia Wasylyn, Cheryl Semeniuk, Consul General Oleksandr Danyleiko

L to R: Shane Gibson, Oksana Dawid, Borys Sydoruk, Inna Thorn, President, UCC-CalgaryDownload Hetman Awards 2020 Booklet here

Hetman Awards Show with interviews can be found here

Thank you to our Hetman Awards Show sponsor Ukrainian Canadian Professional & Business Association of Calgary!

UCPBA Calgary is a community of professionals and business owners of Ukrainian descent who support each other and our community through a variety of activities. Our focus is on professional and business growth & on promoting our Ukrainian heritage. To connect with UCPBA Calgary, visit their website https://www.ucpbacalgary.ca/ or email them at admin@ucpbacalgary.org.



The Hetman 2019 Recipients are as follows:
Youth: Leanna Makuch, Michael Wowk, Laryssa Shmihelska,
Adult: Daria Luciw, Tim Baydala, Bohdan Horich, Ulana Soletsky
Seniors: Evelyn Cook, and Mary Bereziuk

Exemplary Volunteers: Barbara Olynyk, Eugene Luchka, Rosemarie Nahnybida, Violet Kully


For more photos, click here

Click below for the recipient interviews:
Hetman Award Recipients
Exemplary Volunteer Award Recipients

Click here for Alberta Kontakt’s Coverage on the 2018 Hetman Awards in Calgary, AB


Lt. Gen. Paul Wynnyk – Executive Hetman
Kevin Royle – Executive Hetman
Iryna and Oleksiy Karpenko – Executive Hetman
Ivanka Soletsky – Youth
Roman Soltykevych – Youth
Orysia Boychuk – Adult
Iryna Kalynovich – Adult
Larissa Podilsky – Adult
Steve Orleski – Senior
Stephanie Soltykewych – Senior
Luba Atamaniuk – Exemplary Volunteer
Cassie Gavnichuk – Exemplary Volunteer
Bill Kravec – Exemplary Volunteer (Posthumous)
Helen Sirman – Exemplary Volunteer


List of recipients – Special 125th Anniversary Community Awards


Left to Right: Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz – President, Steffie Chmilar, Oleh Wowk, Ivanna Kruhlak, Mary-An Sech, Emil Yereniuk, Vlodko Boychuk, Bohdan Walkiw.

Not pictured: Bill Kravec.


First row seated left to right: Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz, President, UCC – APC, Luba Kovalchyk, Frances Sych, Lawrence Pshyk, Orest Eveneshen
Second row left to right: Eileen Yewchuk (Family member representing Mary Goy – posthumous), Olesia Markevych, Cassian Soltykevych, Zorya Belanger, Andrea Kopylech


Left to right sitting: Oksana Iwaszko, Ivanna Szewczuk, Nettie Kowal, Ron Zapisoski, Larry & Donna Sendziak
Back row left to right: Barbara Hlus, President UCC-APC, Mr. Alexandruk, Adrian Warchola, Jason Golinowski, Steve Chwok, William Dymianiw, Uliana (Elaine) Holowach-Amio, Danylo Moussienko


Photo by Marco Levytsky
Back Row (L-R): Andriy Nahachewsky, Maryana Mykhaylyak, Juliana Michayluk, Yuri Broda, Olga Hlus, Joyce Chrunik-Rudiak.
Front Row (L-R): Lesia Savedchuk, Korneil Ozipko, Pauline Lysak, UCCAPC President Daria Luciw, Victor Pysyk, Dr. Doris Kule, Dr. Peter Kule.
October 14, 2012 – Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex, Edmonton, AB


Photo by Marco Levytsky
Front row (L-R): Mr. Ed Stelmach receives a Hetman Award from UCC-APC summer student Adrian Warchola.
Back row (L-R): Mrs. Marie Stelmach, summer student Amy Yaremcio (covered), UCC-APC President Daria Luciw.


Photo by Marco Levytsky – Premier Ed Stelmach (M-centre), Mayor of the City of Edmonton Stephen Mandel (R-top) and UCC-APC President Daria Luciw (M-right), with the 2010 Hetman Awards Recipients (L to R): Ksenia Fedyna, Katrina Baziuk, Oksana Dacko, Mila Luchak, Audrey Uzwyshyn (posthumous award – Taras Uzwyshyn), Dobr. Nadia Kryschuk, Eugene Topolnisky, Jaroslaw Szewczuk, Andrew Ilnycky, Peter Dziedzic


Photo by Marco Levytsky – Bishop Most Reverend David Motiuk, Premier Ed Stelmach, Minister Gene Zwozdesky (with the Shevchenko Medal), UCC National President Paul Grod, UCC-APC President Daria Luciw, UCC-Edmonton President Luba Feduschak, UCC-Calgary President Michael Ilnycky with the 2009 Hetman Awards Recipients.

Hetman Awards Banquet Photo Gallery
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Previous UCC-APC Hetman Award Recipients, 1998 – 2013

Maria Dytyniak
Myroslav Hladyshevsky
Elsie Kawulych
Paul Kit
Vera Kunda
Ludvik Marianych
Orest Olineck
John Pawluk
Lloyd Sereda
Peter Zagrosh
Anna Bombak
William Fedeyko
Jean Holuk
Chester Kuc
Volodymyr Kuzmyn
Marco Levytsky
Helen Marianych
Wasylyna Mychasiuk
Volodymyr Paik
Natalka Talanchuk
Elsie Choban
Peter Dackiw
Ivan Lahola
Mary Lobay
Walter Marych
Maria Pastuszenko
Steve Sumka
Mykola Woron
Amanda Shuya
Orest Zarsky
Dmytro Todosijchuk
Rev. Jaroslaw Puk
Roman Brytan
Mary Porenchuk
Adrian Harasymiw
Steve Kowal
David Makowsky
Chrystal Myroniuk
John Solodzuk
Fiona Pelech
Halia Lypsky-Wilson
Leanna Dejneka
Bohdan Tataryn
Carla Kozak
Nellie Seniw
Lena Sloboda
Lydia Talpash
Tamara Tatuch
Andrew Wujcik
George Yopyk
Zenon Wasarab
Michael Senych
Joanna Krupicz
Tammy Komarnisky
Stan Kobylko
Taras Podilsky
Irene Tarnawsky
Alexandra Hohol
Vicky Beauchamp
Steve Romaniuk
Nadia Cyncar
Volodymyr Amiot
Mykola Vorotylenko
Luba Kuc
Marry Necyk
Harry Prockiw
Mack Skoreyko
Doris Lychak
Lubomyr Pastuszenko
Olia Savaryn
Tekla Tkaczyk
Paul Groch
Andrew Hladyshevsky
Joyce Sirsky-Howell
Marion Ostapchuk
Lesia Pohoreski
Orest Soltykevych
Catherine Chichak
Harry Hohol
Eva Tomiuk
Nellie Wasylik
Bruce Prytuluk
Julian Nahnybida
Roman Petryshyn
Gordon Gordey
Markian Amiot
Melety Snihurowych
Romana Poritska
Cathy Lebedovich
Patricia Faulder
Rena Hanchuk
Susanna Lynn
Wasyl Bahniuk
Fiona Frances Tarnowetz
John Zinchuk
Leo Zalucky
Edward Chmilar
Krystal McCormick
Marusia Shysh
Stephan Yaremchuk
Gloria Ferbey
Judge Russell Dzenick
Elizabeth Holinaty
MaryAnn Baziuk
Tanya Lesiuk
Irene Jendzjowsky
Luba Feduschak
Nick Bihun
Taras Lys
Luba Boyko-Bell
Katrina Michayluk
Juliana Masiuk
John Eshenko
Lilea Wolanska
Art Mykyte
Harry Mosychuk
Elizabeth Sembaliuk
Namisha Hlus
Jean Mekitiak
Mary Shewchuk
Michael Hantzsch
Katrina Baziuk
Oksana Dacko
Mila Luchak
Eugene Topolnisky
Andrew Ilnycky
Jaroslaw Szewczuk
Ksenia Fedyna
Peter Dziedzic
Nadia Kryschuk
Taras Uzwyshyn
Ed Stelmach
Marie Stelmach
Yuri Broda
Maryana Mykhaylyak
Joyce Chrunik Rudiak
Andriy Nahachewsky
Juliana Michayluk
Lesia Savedchuk
Korneil Ozipko
Victor Pysyk
Shirley Din
Pauline Lysak
Olga Hlus
Drs. Peter & Doris Kule
Danylo Moussienko
Adrian Warchola
Oksana Iwaszko
Ivanna Szewczuk
Jason Golinowski
Larry & Donna Sendziak
William Dymianiw
Ron Zapisocki
Nettie Kowal
Olga Alexandruk
Steven Chwok
Luba Kovalchyk
Frances Sych
Lawrence Pyshk
Orest Eveneshen
Mary Goy
Olesia Markevych
Cassian Soltykevych
Zorya Belanger
Andrea Kopylech
Steffie Chmilar
Oleh Wowk
Ivanna Kruhlak
Mary-An Sech
Emil Yereniuk
Vlodko Boychuk
Bohdan Walkiw
Bill Kravec
Special 125th Anniversary Community Awards
List of Recipients
Lt. Gen. Paul Wynnyk
Kevin Royle
Iryna and Oleksiy Karpenko
Ivanka Soletsky
Roman Soltykevych
Orysia Boychuk
Iryna Kalynovich
Larissa Podilsky
Steve Orleski
Stephanie Soltykewych
Luba Atamaniuk
Cassie Gavnichuk
Bill Kravec (Postthumous)
Helen Sirman
Daniel Feculak
Stephania Nedoshytko
Brett Strutynski
Stephania Romaniuk
Gregory P.
Dr. Linda Dudar
Oleksandr Melysh
Dr. Alla Nedashkivska
Zennovia Haydey
Evelyn Eveneshen
Bohdan Pivovarchuk
Anna Zwozdesky
Exemplary Volunteers:
Evelyn Cook
Virginia Sharek
Darlene Jasinski
Marcia Maluta
Anne Pawelek
Ivan Mohyla
Deborah Johnson