A celebration of the outstanding achievement and contributions to the community

“We have seen tremendous community leadership during these challenging times. The Congress is an opportunity to honour our leaders through the Taras Shevchenko Medal, National Leadership Award and Youth Leadership Award.”

Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz, Chair of the Awards Committee

The Shevchenko Medal is the highest form of recognition that can be granted by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. It recognizes individuals of Ukrainian and non-Ukrainian descent for their outstanding national contribution towards the development of the Ukrainian Canadian community.

The Shevchenko Medal recognizes outstanding achievement in community development, culture, the arts, education and sport. It is measured by the recipients’ level of excellence and initiative, their sustained body of work, peer recognition and the recipients’ impact both within and outside the Ukrainian Canadian community. 


The UCC Youth Leadership Award of Excellence recognizes young persons of Ukrainian origin between 18 to 29 years old who has shown consistent involvement and a positive influence in the community life of Ukrainian Canadians.

Leadership in the community can be expressed as excellence in: Communication; Initiative; Teamwork and Consensus Building; establishing a positive profile for the Ukrainian Canadian community.


The UCC Leadership Award recognizes a worthy individual or organization that has made a significant national contribution to the development of the Ukrainian Canadian community; or a Ukrainian Canadian that has demonstrated individual excellence on a national scale in the areas of arts, culture, athletics, media, politics, business, entertainment, education, academia, health sciences, community or religious development, social services, civil society and leadership.

The UCC Leadership Award was established in 2010.


2019 XXVI Triennial Congress Award Winners

To see a list of previous Congress awards winners, visit our website here