The Canada-Ukraine Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of our own Mr. Victor Hetmanczuk as a Member of the Order of Canada. This is a tremendous achievement and one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. The Order of Canada exists to acknowledge outstanding accomplishments, the recipient’s dedication to their community, as well as their service to the country.
Over the last 50 years Mr. Hetmanczuk has made a lasting impact on the Ukrainian-Canadian community and wider Canadian society, including professional achievements at Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank, and Petro Canada; and community service achievements at the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, the Ukrainian Care Centre, the Ukrainian World Foundation, the SO-USE Credit Union and many roles within the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada.
A legacy within each organization where he has served is positive change ensuring both cultural and financial sustainability for generations to come. Victor has never sought publicity or profile while serving the community. His understated approach compliments his ability to lead a team to deliver the task at hand quietly and diligently.
For his contributions to his country and community, Victor has been awarded: the Volodymyr the Great Medal, from the Ukrainian World Congress, 2023, the Taras Shevchenko Medal from the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, 2022, the Canada-Ukraine Foundation Distinguished Service Award, 2020, the Centenary Award of St. Andrew from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, 2018, the Recognition of Benevolence Medal from the Ministry of Defence Ukraine, 2017 and the twenty-fifth Anniversary Medal of Ukraine’s Independence from the President of Ukraine, 2016.
Congratulations Victor! Вітаємо Вікторе!
Governor General's office made the announcement on December 28th, you can read it here