UCC Advisory Council welcomes Sen. Dasko as new member

OTTAWA – Third-generation Ukrainian Canadian Sen. Donna Dasko (Independent Senators Group – Ontario) was welcomed to the Advisory Council of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) on January 21 by UCC National President Alexandra Chyczij.

Sisters of St. Basil the Great honor two jubilarians

FOX CHASE MANOR, Pa. – The Sisters of St. Basil the Great gathered recently to celebrate the lives and labor of two members of the order: Sister Judith Piszyk and Sister Irenea Hankewych.

The festivities on September 25 began with divine liturgy in Holy Trinity Chapel celebrated by Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak, along with the sisters’ chaplain, Father John Ciurpita, with Volodymyr Radko serving as deacon.

Magazine marks its 25th year of publication

CLIFTON, N.J. – Tom Hawrylko, owner, editor and publisher of Clifton Merchant Magazine, which serves Clifton, N.J., marked the 25th year of its publication in October.

While the magazine began in October 1995, it is predated by Tomahawk Promotions. Tomahawk (short for Thomas Andrew Hawrylko Sr.) began in March 1990 by doing public relations, advertorial writing, fund-raising and advertising for regional and local clients.

Chiropractic practice opens in Yardley, Pa.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Ukrainian American chiropractor Dr. Andrew Brodyn, and his associate, Dr. Jamie Sacco, have launched their practice, Landmark Family Chiropractic, based in Yardley, Pa.

The office handles cases related to chiropractic care (adjustments – manual and activator), cupping, kinesiology taping, functional neurology, as well as nutrition and wellness (including nutritional counseling, food sensitivity testing, as well as laboratory testing and supplemental pure encapsulations) to treat their clients.

Each doctor has different specialized training in chiropractic services.

Motyl publishes “Fragmentary Memoirs”

NEW YORK – Prof. Alexander Motyl of Rutgers University has recently published “Bits and Piece: Fragmentary Memoirs” as a Kindle e-book.

As the author writes in the foreword, “I’ve never wanted to write a memoir, and, as ‘Bits and Pieces’ demonstrates, I haven’t. These ‘fragmentary memoirs’ consist of a handful or two of semi-biographical essays and interviews, interlaced with my drawings, poems and paintings, and with a novella (which may have more to say about me than the non-fiction pieces) thrown in for good measure. Some things are discussed in great detail; others are passed over in silence: readers will have to decide which. All memoirs are selective remembrances full of inconsistencies, lacunae, and contradictions; this one is no different.”

Czolij named among Canada’s best lawyers

KYIV – Eugene Czolij, president of the Kyiv-based NGO Ukraine-2050 and former president of the Ukrainian World Congress, was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 15th edition (2021) of “The Best Lawyers in Canada” in his legal practice areas of corporate and commercial litigation, as well as insolvency and financial restructuring law.

For its 15th and largest edition to date, Best Lawyers gathered more than a million evaluations to compile its listing of the top 6 percent of legal talent in Canada.

The essence of Ukraine’s undying spirit – Vasyl Stus

An affiliated lecturer in Ukrainian studies at the University of Cambridge Bohdan Tokarsky wrote recently:

“This spring, facing a global pandemic in response to which we have had to isolate ourselves, many turned to literature for encouragement and direction. Boccaccio, Defoe and Camus may teach us a great deal about life in the shadow of plagues, but few authors provide a better example of surviving and finding meaning in isolation than Vasyl Stus (1938-1985), one of Ukraine’s most sophisticated 20th-century poets… For his uncompromising moral stance and defiant behavior, prison administrators repeatedly placed him in solitary confinement. In 1983, after his diary had been smuggled out of the camp and published outside the USSR, he spent an entire year alone in a cell. Two years later, he was dead…”

Mazurkevich gets diplomatic appointment to U.S. Embassy in Kyiv

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce has appointed Dorian Mazurkevich as the U.S. intellectual property attaché for Eurasia, with the diplomatic rank of first secretary. In his new position, Mr. Mazurkevich will oversee intellectual property rights and enforcement issues in Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, the Western Balkans, the Caucasus and Central Asian regions. He will also be responsible for launching the region’s inaugural office.

Mr. Mazurkevich is based at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv as of the end of January.

Deputy Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Dale Tasharski conducted the swearing-in ceremony at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington on October 28, 2019. Mr. Mazurkevich’s wife, Christina; his mother, Ulana; and his aunt and godmother, Larissa Matusiak, were in attendance.

Nicholas Siokalo awarded Carnegie Hero Medal

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. – The Andrew Carnegie Hero Fund, which honors individuals who risk their lives to save others, recently awarded the esteemed Carnegie Hero Medal to Nicholas “Kolia” Siokalo. This past September, Mr. Siokalo saved a young child from drowning in a riptide at a beach in Belmar, N.J.