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Ihor W. Bardyn Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Ihor Bardyn received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and certificate from Senator Andreychuk, as CUPP 2013 interns look on


On October 24, 2013, Mr. Ihor Walter Bardyn was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal at a ceremony on Parliament Hill.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recognizes Canadians whose service to Canada and the world reflects the dedication demonstrated by Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne.

“It is a privilege to present this honour to someone who has done so much to promote academic and cultural exchange, and the advancement civic and democratic values, both here in Canada and abroad,” said Senator Raynell Andreychuk, who nominated Mr. Bardyn for the award.  “Over 23 years, Mr. Bardyn has dedicated himself to spreading the values of good governance among Ukrainian youth through the Canada Ukraine Parliamentary Internship Program.”

The Canada Ukraine Parliamentary Internship Programme (CUPP), which Mr. Bardyn founded and has directed since 1991, offers opportunities for students from Ukraine, the Ukrainian Diasporas of Western Europe, Belarus, Georgia, Russia and Canada to experience and learn about Canadian Parliamentary democracy through internships in the offices of Senators and Members of Parliament.

Some 35 CUPP interns attended the ceremony on Parliament Hill.

A practicing lawyer from Toronto, Mr. Bardyn’s contributions to Ukrainian and Canadian history, culture, education and civics also include his work towards the establishment of the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto, and the World Congress of Ukrainian Jurists (WCUJ).

Mr. Bardyn also served as Chair of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Redress Committee, which helped establish the historical and legal basis, and economic losses, suffered by Ukrainian Canadians interned during the First World War.

He also authored the Trust Agreement for the establishment of the Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at St. Paul University in Ottawa, where he served for nine years as a Councillor on the University’s Council of Administration.

Mr. Bardyn was recently elected President of the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada.