KYIV – Lviv-born Oksana Litynska accomplished one of the most advanced climbers’ feats – she climbed the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. The last one on her list was Mount Vinson (4,892 meters) in Antarctica, which she successfully ascended on December 28, 2019. In May, she reached the world’s highest point, Mount Everest (8,848 meters), and became the third Ukrainian woman to do so. Now she is a part of an exclusive club of around 70 women in history who achieved the Seven Summits program.
Greater Boston Committee for the Remembrance of the Ukrainian Famine Genocide
SALEM, Mass. – During ceremonies held on November 14, 2019, in the ballroom of Salem’s historic Hawthorne Hotel, attorney and political science professor Paul Thomas Rabchenuk was inducted into the Northeast Regional Educators Hall of Fame. He was the recipient of the Dr. Edna Mauriello ’44 Lifetime Achievement Award based on his years as a teacher, his public positions and as a long-time advocate for genocide education and awareness. For the past 12 years, he has held the position of chair of the Greater Boston Committee for the Remembrance of the Ukrainian Famine Genocide, 1932-1933, the Holodomor.
KINGSTON, Ontario. – Prof. Lubomyr Luciuk was honored by Ukraine with the Cross of Ivan Mazepa, which was presented on December 6, 2019, by Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko. Prof. Luciuk says he first learned he had been awarded this medal on August 23, 2019, when he received information about Presidential Decree No. 622 signed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine. The Chancellery of Honors announced that the government of Canada had approved Prof. Luciuk receiving this medal through a notice in the Canada Gazette on October 26, 2019.
TERRYVILLE, Conn. – The Rev. Dr. Paul Luniw, pastor of St. Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church in Terryville, Conn., and judicial vicar of the Stamford Eparchy, recently attended the 24th International Congress of the Society for the Law of Eastern Churches in Rome, whose topic was “Fifty Years of Encounter Among the Eastern Churches: How Canon Law Assists in the Ecumenical Dialogue.” The keynote speaker was Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. After a private tour of the Vatican gardens, a private audience was held in the Vatican palace with Pope Francis. During the audience, as seen in the photo above, Father Luniw presented Pope Francis with one of his masterpiece ostrich pysanky.
TORONTO – HREC Education, of the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC), a project of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, announced on October 1 that its national panel of three education adjudicators has selected the 2019 winner of the HREC Educator Prize for Holodomor Lesson Plan Development. This year, the judges have awarded one prize of $1,000 (Canadian) to Dr. Thomas R. Mueller of the California University of Pennsylvania in California, Pa.
EDMONTON, Alberta – From June to September, the Ukrainian Language Education Center of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies hosted Nadiia Shapovalova, a student of the Oles Honchar National University in the city of Dnipro, as an intern sponsored by the Globalink Research Internship program run by the Canadian NGO Mitacs. For 20 years, this organization has been implementing educational and scientific research programs in Canada, in close cooperation with 70 universities, 6,000 companies, and the federal and provincial governments. The main objective of Mitacs Globalink is to build constructive partnerships that support industrial and social innovation both in Canada and abroad.
WASHINGTON – Yaro T. Kulchyckyj of the U.S. Department of State was among the 18 U.S. civil servants selected for the White House Leadership Development Program (WHLDP) for 2018-2019. The WHLD Program helps build the next generation of leaders in the executive branch. Its aim is to strengthen enterprise leadership across the government by providing senior level federal employees with expanded perspective and skillsets to address challenges facing the country. It is sponsored by the Executive Office of the President (EOP), the President’s Management Council (PMC), and supported by the Performance Improvement Council (PIC).
NEW YORK – The Executive Committee of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the largest representation of Americans of Ukrainian descent, has appointed Ihor Dlaboha to be the editor-in- chief of The Ukrainian Quarterly. Mr. Dlaboha is a lifelong journalist having worked at The Ukrainian Weekly, Svoboda and The National Tribune. He also was an editor at American trade and business publications. In the course of his career, Mr. Dlaboha was also general manager at the Ukrainian Broadcasting Network.
KERHONKSON, N.Y. – Miss Soyuzivka 2020 Anastasia Hanafin (center) is seen above with first runner-up Sofia Pitula (left) and second runner-up Karolina Polivantseva. Ms. Hanafin, who hails from New York, is a student at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. The annual Miss Soyuzivka pageant took place on August 10 during a sold-out weekend at Soyuzivka Heritage Center. The judges were: Sandra Lemekha, Dr. Borys Mychalczak and Roman Hirniak. The new Miss Soyuzivka was crowned during the dance featuring the band Udych. Maya Lew, Soyuzivka’s front office and events manager, organized and oversaw the Miss Soyuzivka contest this year.
WASHINGTON – Anastazia (Ana) Kohout, an Illinois native with spina bifida whose competitive swimming career has cast her in the spotlight, wants people to see her individuality before her disability. Ms. Kohout recently completed a summer fellowship with Respectability, a nonprofit that fights stigmas and advances opportunities for people with disabilities. With the skills and confidence she gained this summer, Ms. Kohout will lead empowerment training for women with disabilities when she returns to Beloit College this fall.