From Tryzub Awards

On behalf of myself and the entire Tryzub Awards committee, I would like to congratulate this evening’s recipients on their well deserved, and long awaited awards.

Two long and trying years of covid had finally let up for us to proceed planning a grand evening of celebration, only to be struck down by the events of February 24th, 2022.  The unprovoked war on Ukrainian sovereignty by Russian aggressors continues as I write this.

We could not have selected a more appropriate and deserving group of recipients than Timothy Snyder and Paul Wynnyk.   Tim has been a vocal advocate for the Ukrainian people for years which has only been highlighted by this recent war.  Paul is an outstanding example of a Ukrainian-Canadian that has dedicated his life to civil service.   We are humbled to be able to honour you both.

Thanks to the generosity of all of our supporters, we have surpassed our target for this year!

These funds will be shared between the Canada Ukraine Foundation for humanitarian initiatives in support of the Ukrainian people and the Shevchenko Foundation for programming in support of Ukrainians displaced by the war and arriving in Canada.

We look forward to an evening of celebration and reflection.

Our hearts and prayers are with the people of Ukraine.


Rayla Myhal  
Co-Founder & Chair, Tryzub Awards Gala         

Committee Members

Rayla Myhal              Co-Founder and Chair

George Myhal           Co-Founder

Adrianna Grod

Marc Marzotto

Orest Sklierenko

Bohdana Bashuk

Youth Committee:

Kirsten Myhal

Roman Grod

Raissa Dzulynsky

Martin Lebed

Special thanks to Roman Dubczak and Laryssa Hetmanchuk for all of your support and help with the Gala.


The proceeds from tonight’s dinner will be used to fund two specific initiatives in support of Ukraine.

Canada Ukraine Foundation. The organization has been spearheading humanitarian aid and efforts in war torn Ukraine.  It has been working tirelessly to ensure that support and aid are reaching the front lines and the civilians that need it the most.

The Shevchenko Foundation. The Foundation is initiating programs to make cultural and educational opportunities more accessible for displaced Ukrainian youth in Canada.

About the Tryzub Awards

The Ukrainian Canadian community has been an integral part of the development of Canada for more than 130 years, and continues to be a leading contributor of Canada’s ongoing development.

The Tryzub Awards were created by The Myhal Family Foundation which saw a need to unify our community across Canada to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have achieved success in their chosen fields, have worked in support of Ukraine, Ukrainian causes, the Ukrainian-Canadian community and Canada overall.

With support and partnership from The Shevchenko Foundation, we have aspired to reach the entire Ukrainian-Canadian diaspora to celebrate our recipients, and through The Shevchenko Foundation, use the raised funds to support numerous causes that reflect the daily lives and interests of Canadian Ukrainians.

About the Shevchenko Foundation


The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko is a national, chartered philanthropic institution dedicated to the preservation, promotion and development of the Ukrainian Canadian cultural heritage and to the advancement of a flourishing Ukrainian community for the enrichment of Canada by providing leadership in building and sustaining a permanent endowment fund.

Thank you to Platinum Sponsors

Thank you to Gold Sponsors


Thank you to Silver Sponsors

Thank you to our table sponsors:


The Shevchenko Foundation

Mawer Investments

Canada Ukraine Foundation


And to all of our supporters who purchased tickets to join us this evening to celebrate our outstanding recipients.

Evening Program

OPENING PERFORMANCE  by the students of St.Demetrius Catholic School


INTRODUCTION  by Master of Ceremonies Marta Czurylowicz


WELCOME REMARKS  by Gordon Gordey
VP of The Shevchenko Foundation




Awarded to Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Paul Wynnyk




Awarded to Timothy Snyder


CLOSING REMARKS  from Rayla Myhal
Co-Founder & Chair of Tryzub Awards


PERFORMANCE  by Steven Page





2022 Award Recipients

Leadership Award

Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Paul F. Wynnyk

An Albertan, Paul Wynnyk is a proud descendant of Ukrainian pioneers who came to Canada at the turn of the last century. The son of a Second World War veteran, he developed an early interest in the military, joining the local Army Cadet corps and later a Reserve unit.

Studying at both Royal Roads Military College and the Royal Military College of Canada, he was commissioned in 1986, undertaking regimental duties in both Europe and Canada.

Over the course of his career, Paul was blessed to command troops on multiple occasions, including 1 Combat Engineer Regiment from 1997 to 1999, 1 Area Support Group from 2004 to 2006, 3rd Canadian Division from 2010 to 2012, Canadian Forces Intelligence Command from 2014 to 2016, and the Canadian Army from 2016 to 2018. It was in the last appointment that that he was heavily involved in all aspects of Operation UNIFIER – Canada’s mission in Ukraine.

Paul’s overseas assignments included postings in Germany, Cambodia and the Congo. In 2009, he was posted to Afghanistan to oversee the development of the Afghan Ministry of Defense and the Afghan Army. He holds a Baccalaureate in civil engineering, Master’s degrees in both war studies and business administration, and is a registered professional engineer in the province of Alberta and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Paul is a Commander of the Order of Military Merit, a graduate of the French Commando Course, and has been decorated by the Governments of Afghanistan, Brazil, Columbia and the United States for his leadership in promoting international security and cooperation.

Paul retired from the Canadian Armed Forces as the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff on 9 August 2019, and was appointed Deputy Minister for Municipal Affairs in Alberta on 7 October 2019.

Friend of Ukraine

Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He speaks five and reads ten European languages.

His eight chief books are Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (1998); The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999 (2003); Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine (2005); The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke (2008); Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010), Thinking the Twentieth Century (with Tony Judt, 2012); Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning (2015); On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (2017); and The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America (2018).

He has also co-edited three further books: The Wall Around the West: State Borders and Immigration Controls in Europe and North America (2001); Stalin and Europe: Terror, War, Domination (2013); and The Balkans as Europe (2018). His essays are collected in Ukrainian History, Russian Politics, European Futures (2014), and The Politics of Life and Death (2015).

Snyder’s work has appeared in forty languages and has received a number of prizes, including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities, the Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Václav Havel Foundation prize, the Foundation for Polish Science prize in the social sciences, the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, the Dutch Auschwitz Committee award, and the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought.

Snyder was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, has received the Carnegie and Guggenheim fellowships, and holds state orders from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland.

He has appeared in documentaries, on network television, and in major films. His books have inspired poster campaigns and exhibitions, films, sculpture, a punk rock song, a rap song, a play, and an opera. His words are quoted in political demonstrations around the world, most recently in Hong Kong. He is researching a family history of nationalism and finishing a philosophical book about freedom.


Steven Page

Steven Page’s distinctive and powerful tenor is among the most instantly recognizable voices in popular music today.

The singer/songwriter is a founding member of Barenaked Ladies with whom he toured the globe and sold millions of albums.

In March 2018, Steven Page, and former bandmates Barenaked Ladies, were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards.
Steven continues his artistic evolution with a diverse array of solo projects.

To that end, he has composed six Stratford Festival scores, collaborated and toured with Toronto’s innovative Art of Time ensemble, is a member of the Trans-Canada Highwaymen and has journeyed across North America as host of TV’s The Illegal Eater – all while continuing to write, release and perform his original music.

In September of 2019, Steven released his new album entitled DISCIPLINE: HEAL THYSELF PT. 2 and is currently on a national tour.

Master of Ceremonies

Marta Czurylowicz

Marta Czurylowicz  is a content creator and reporter at The Weather Network and has been the host of Canada’s Ukrainian channel, KONTAKT, for more than a decade. Along with hosting the weekly program, she remains closely connected with her Ukrainian roots.

She taught and performed traditional dance at Barvinok Ukrainian Dance School. She served as a Canadian election observer for both the presidential elections in May 2014 and the parliamentary elections in October 2014.

She has hosted numerous events including Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival; Rock, Reforms and Relief: A Weekend for Ukraine; Soyuzivka’s Cultural Festival; and the Ukraine­-Kyiv Pavilion at Folklorama in Winnipeg. Marta has worked at Canadian news outlets, including Sun News Network, CTV News in Winnipeg and CTV News in Kitchener. Marta attended Cawthra Park School of the Arts where she majored in drama and graduated with an Arts Diploma. She hold a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University. Currently, Marta teaches part-time at Conestoga College in the Broadcasting Performance and Digital Media program.

Congratulations Ads

St. Volodymyr Institute’s (SVI) Board of Directors and Members congratulate Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Paul F. Wynnyk and Professor Timothy Snyder on receiving the 2022 Tryzub Award. Together with the Ukrainian Canadian community, we commend your respective accomplishments, and appreciate the service you continue to provide in support of Ukraine. You are exceptional role models for our community and especially our youth. Многая літа!


Brookfield Asset Management Inc and The Myhal Family Foundation would like to congratulate Timothy Snyder  & Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Paul Wynnyk on their very well-deserved recognitions.

They have made an enormous and lasting contribution to Canada, and to the Ukrainian-Canadian community. Многая літа!

Thank You!

Yeva Koval, Poppy Theo, Christina Bosnick & Sophia Nazar from St. Demetrius School for showing empathy and compassion in creating and selling the beautiful blue and yellow bracelets to raise much needed funds for Ukraine!


To the grade 5 students from St. Demetrius School for coming to sing your beautiful rendition of Chervona Kalyna. for the gorgeous sunflower ribbons also in support of Humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.


Luba at Mriya Creations for the wooden pysanky that each guest of the Tryzub Awards took home this evening.


Cassian Soltykevych from Urban Block Media for your tech help!


Zoran Stjacic our extraordinary florist.


Photographers for the evening:
Mykola Swarnyk and Irene Danchuk


Special Thank you to Krista Samborsky and the Yavir School of Ukrainian Dancers for ending the evening with a dance of hope and renewal.

Silent Auction

Custom Made Dingwall Bass Guitar – Donated by Dingwall Guitars.

Value $10,000.00

This beautiful Bass Guitar is made of a solid flame northern ash body. The top half of the body is a transparent blue and the bottom half is a transparent yellow so the whole body resembles a Ukrainian flag in the wind. The fingerboard is inlaid with a Tryzub.

Thank You Sheldon Dingwall for your generosity!


RUSH : Snakes and Arrows Limited edition Lithograph

Value $2500

Thank you Geddy Lee for this generous donation, and to Cynthia Barry for making this possible. This lithograph was signed by all three members of RUSH prior to the passing of Neil Peart.  A certificate of authenticity will also be provided.


William Kurelek (1927 – 1977) Story Telling: A Winter Past Time

Value $ 5000.00

Thank you to The Myhal Family Foundation for their generous donation of a framed Kurelek print.  This print is one of the iconic vignettes painted of Canada’s Indegionous Peoples.


Hand Painted Ceramic Egg  Artist: Rustem Skybin

Value $500

This gorgeous egg was custom made by Rustem for the Tryzub Awards Gala.  Based on design ideas by Rayla Myhal, this piece incorporates the maple leaf and the Tryzub Awards logo in its design, while incorporating traditional Tatar elements.


Diamond and Gold Necklace – 14K Gold/ 20 Diamonds

Value $2000

This diamond necklace was generously donated by Yunger’s Fine Jewellery at 1965 Avenue Road. The 18” chain is 14k gold with 20 placed diamonds totalling .31 karats.


Maple Leafs Jersey Signed by Auston Matthews – Provided by MLS

Value $5000

This item was generously donated by Maple Leaf Sports and procured by Roman Dubczak. It has been signed by Auston Matthews and comes with a letter of authenticity.

Shevchenko Foundation
Prime Minister of Canada
Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Minister of Defence
Premier of Ontario
MP Yvan Baker, Etobicoke Centre
Mayor of Toronto
Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada
Ukrainian World Congress