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Senator Andreychuk awarded Ukrainian World Congress’ highest recognition

On November 9th, 2013, Senator A. Raynell Andreychuk was presented the St. Volodymyr the Great medal at a banquet hosted by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Toronto.

“Senator Andreychuk is an ardent supporter of the Ukrainian World Congress and its initiatives in defense of fundamental human rights and freedoms, raising awareness of the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932-33, and furthering democracy in Ukraine,” said UWC President Eugene Czolij. “Her contribution to the advancement of the Ukrainian Community in Canada and worldwide is duly noted and greatly appreciated.”

The St. Volodymyr the Great medal is the highest award conferred by Ukrainian World Congress (UWC). It is given in recognition of an especially meritorious contribution in promoting Ukrainian heritage, identity and values, as well as for other significant endeavors.

“I am extremely honoured and humbled by this recognition,” said Senator Andreychuk. “Its timing is particularly meaningful to me, as this November Ukrainians in Canada and around the world commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor.”

Senator Andreychuk is an active member of the Ukrainian Canadian community from Saskatchewan. In 2003, she introduced a motion in the Senate requesting the Government of Canada to recognize the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 as an act of genocide. The motion was unanimously adopted by the Senate of Canada. In 2008, she sponsored in the Senate Bill C-459, An Act to establish a Ukrainian Famine and Genocide ("Holodomor") Memorial Day and to recognize the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 as an act of genocide.

The Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is the international coordinating body for Ukrainian communities in the diaspora representing the interests of over 20 million Ukrainians. The UWC has member organizations in 33 countries and ties with Ukrainians in 14 additional countries. Founded in 1967 as a non-profit corporation, the UWC was recognized in 2003 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status.