The Right Honourable
The Honourable Senator
Advisors during Phase One:
Scotia Giller Prize
Humber College School for Writers
Harbourfront International Authors Festival
Charles Taylor Prize for Non Fiction
The Ukrainian-Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko was established in 1961 when the Ukrainian-Canadian community raised funds to celebrate the work of Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine’s great poet (1814-1861), with a monument erected on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature.
In July 1962, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (then the Ukrainian Canadian Committee) resolved to set aside a $30,000 surplus from the Shevchenko monument project into a capital fund that became known as the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko. The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko became incorporated by an Act of Parliament on July 22nd, 1963.
In 1964, the Shevchenko Foundation began distributing project grants awarding $400. In 1973, on its 10th anniversary, total donations to the Foundation surpassed $500,000.
Today the Shevchenko Foundation awards nearly $300,000 annually. To date the Foundation has distributed over $8.5 million in grants to organizations and individuals who support cultural development among Ukrainian-Canadians.
In 2003, the Foundation launched a biennial $25,000 Kobzar Literary Award whose purpose is to encourage Canadian writers to explore Ukrainian Canadian themes and to contribute to developing the literary arts in Canada.
From its small beginnings the Foundation has invested over $8.5 million in capital, contributed to hundreds of projects by organizations and individuals, and become a well known part of the Canadian landscape.
In 2008, the Government of Canada granted 10 million to the Shevchenko Foundation to establish the Canadian First World War Internment Recognition Fund. Interest earned supports projects that commemorate and recognize the experience of all the ethno-cultural communities affected by Canada’s first national internment operations of 1914 -1920.
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March 15, 2013 for
2014 award presentation
Shandi Mitchell, recipient of the 2012 Kobzar Literary Award, has a film debuting this Friday in Toronto.
ONE NIGHT ONLY. ONE SCREENING. The Disappeared will screen at the fabulous Royal theatre, FRIDAY, March 22, at 7:00pm as part of the Canadian Film Festival.
And today The Torontoist released this about the film:
More successful is Friday evening's feature, The Disappeared, from award-winning author-turned-filmmaker Shandi Mitchell. An account of six men adrift in the North Atlantic and their increasingly desperate struggle against exhaustion and the elements, her spare, intimate narrative is a welcome humanist counterpoint to the laboured spiritualism of fellow high-seas survival flick Life of Pi. And while it lacks the CGI pyrotechnics of Ang Lee's visual-effects Oscar winner, The Disappeared amply compensates with compelling performances from a cast of talented character actors, including east-coast natives Brian Downey and Shawn Doyle.
It also benefits from Christopher Porter's immersive cinematography, captured entirely on location on the open ocean.
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previous winners of
The Kobzar Literary Award.