David Eggen, Minister of Education has said that “I want to congratulate each and every award recipient. I hope that this artwork allows us to reflect on the diverse origins of our communities in Alberta. This artwork is just one way for our students to build a global outlook and acquire international and intercultural knowledge, skills, and awareness which prepares our students for success.”

Ukrainian-Canadian migrants became part of Alberta’s multicultural identity. Between 1891 and 1914, approximately 170,000 Ukrainians immigrated to Canada. , about 340,000 Albertans can trace their roots to Ukraine.

Last fall, the legislature passed the Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day Act, recognizing September 7 as Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Day and designating the year following September 7, 2016 as Ukrainian-Canadian Heritage Year.

The award recipients, by grade category, are:

  • Kateryna Zavoyovska (K-Grade 1)
  • Daria Lesyk (Grades 2 and 3)
  • Hope Simon (Grades 4-6)
  • Ella Warawa (Grades 7-9)
  • Andrew Kozakewich and Kurtis Podlowski (Grades 10-12)

The recipients’ artwork will be displayed across Alberta as part of the mobile Ukrainian Festival Exhibition and on the Alberta Education website.