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Alla Nedashkivska — Алла Недашківська

 

Associate Professor: Slavic Linguistics and Ukrainian Language.

Research Interests: Slavic linguistics, Ukrainian and Russian applied linguistics and language pedagogy, Gender linguistics, Discourse and Pragmatics.

Current Projects:  Femininities and Masculinities: Gender and Discourse in Contemporary Ukraine; "A Net of Language and Gender in Contemporary Ukrainian Media."

Principal Teaching Areas: Ukrainian linguistics, Slavic linguistics, and Ukrainian language courses.

For coordinates and office hours, please click on  “Contact us.” 

DEGREES AND AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION 

Ph.D. 1998, University of Pittsburgh, Slavic Linguistics, 

Dissertation: “Discourse, Pragmatics, and Transitivity in the Morphosyntax of Contemporary Ukrainian” 

M.A. 1994. University of Pittsburgh, Slavic Linguistics.

B.A. (equivalent) 1990. Ivan Franko National University (Lviv, Ukraine),  Slavic Philology. Major: Slavic Linguistics, Minor: Slavic Literatures, Pedagogy. 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ukrainian, Russian and English: fluent.
Czech: reading fluency and strong conversation skills.
French, Polish, Slovak, Bulgarian, Church Slavonic: reading skills.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

 2005-present Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS), University of Alberta

1999-2005  Assistant Professor, (MLCS), University of Alberta

1996-99   Visiting Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto

PUBLICATIONS

Books / Monographs

Nedashkivska, Alla. Ukrainian Through Its Living Culture [a textbook for advanced levels of Ukrainian]. University of Alberta Press, Edmonto, 2010. xxii + 342 pp.
                    Reviewed by Rostyslav Bilous, Canadian Slavonic Papers 2010 vol. LII, Nos. 3-4:  496-497.
 
Nedashkivska, Alla. Ukrainian Through Its Living Culture, an electronic manual for advanced levels of Ukrainian. Nine chapters. Published at the University of Alberta web : http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/~ukr/ukrainianadvanced, 2006.
 
Nedashkivska, Alla. The Pragmatic Bases of the ‘Variation’ Between –a and –zero in the Accusative in Contemporary Ukrainian, the Carl Becks Papers, Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2004, 80 mspp.
 

EDITED COLLECTIONS OF ESSAYS

Alla Nedashkivska, Waclaw Osadnik, Natalia Pylypiuk, editors. Theory and Practice of Teaching Slavic Languages and Cultures, a special section of Canadian Slavonic Papers. Vol. XLVI: 1-2 (March-June 2004), comprising 8 refereed contributions. 119 pp.    For TOC, see.

REFEREED ARTICLES

“The Language Situation of Cyber Ukraine.” Zeitschrift für Slavische Philologie 2011, 67.2.

"Symbolic Bilingualism in Contemporary Ukrainian Media." Canadian Slavonic Papers, Vol. LII, Nos. 3–4, September-December: 351-372.

“The Language Situation in Ukraine: A Pursuit of Reality or Idealized Symbolism in the Film “Pomarancheve Nebo” (‘Orange Sky’),” KinoKultura, Special Issue on Ukrainian Cinema, 2009 [forthcoming]
 
“Gender Voices in Electronic Discourse: A Forum in Ukrainian,” Journal of Slavic Linguistics: Special Issue in Slavic Sociolinguistics, vol. 17, summer 2009.
 
 “Internet as a Pedagogical Tool in the Acquisition of Language and Cultural Competence: the Case of Ukrainian,” Theory and Practice of Teaching Ukrainian as a Foreign Language. Issue 2. Ivan Franko National University of L’viv. November 2007: 55-65.
“Presidential Speech and Processes of Language Democratization in Contemporary Ukraine,” Australian Slavonic and East European Studies vol. 20, nos. 1-2 2006: 39-65.
 
“Orthographic Innovations and Variations in Contemporary Ukrainian,” Written Language and Literacy 9 (2), 2006: 265-281.
 
“Positive Negativity: Attaining Pragmatic Competence in Ukrainian,” Canadian Slavonic Papers: Special Issue on Linguistics and Language Pedagogy in Slavic vol. XLVI, nos. 102, March-June 2004: 395- 415.
 
“Communicating with the Press: Genderlects in Ukrainian,” Canadian Slavonic Papers vol. XLIV, nos. 1-2, March-June 2002: 97-124.
 
“The Language of Polarized Femininities in Contemporary Ukraine,” Journal of Ukrainian Studies, vol. 27, no. 1-2, 2002 (special issues in memory of the late Danylo Husar Struk): 295-319.
 
“Whither or Where: Case Choice And Verbs of Placement in Contemporary Ukrainian,” Journal of Slavic Linguistics  9 (2), 2001: 249-287.
 
“-No/-To and Voice: Statality and Actionality in Contemporary Ukrainian,” Canadian
Slavonic Papers
, vol. 40, September-December 1998: 189-208.
 

NON-REFEREED ARTICLES

"The Internet as a Tool for the Acquisition of Language and Intercultural Awareness,” American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, Newsletter Winter 2002, 9 mspp.
 

BOOK REVIEWS

Review of Larissa M. L. Zaleska Onyshkevych and Maria G. Rewakowicz, eds. Contemporary Ukraine on the Cultural Map of Europe. Armonk, New York and London, England: M.E. Sharpe. Published in cooperation with the Shevchenko Scientific Society, 2009. 504pp. Canadian Slavonic Papers vol. 53, num. 2 (2011).

Review of Margaret H. Mills. Slavic Gender Linguistics. In Slavic and East European Journal, Winter 2000: 700-703.
 
Review of Alexander Schenker. The Dawn of Slavic. In Journal of Ukrainian Studies, vol. 23, no. 1. 1998: 145-148.
 

WORK IN PROGRESS

Foreign language instruction: Currently I am researching approaches to foreign language instruction; specifically task- and content- based, which are utilized in the Ukrainian textbook and workbook that I developed for advanced levels of instruction. In particular,I am concentrating on the use of electronic media in the foreign language classroom, and especially the use of the Internet in the Ukrainian classroom with other types of media and their methodological benefits.

Language and media: I am stufying the coexistence of Ukrainian and Russian in contemporary Ukrainian media (television, film, magazines and advertisement), focusing on the social meaning behind the use of both languages.

Discourse studies: “Political Language and Its Transformations in Contemporary Ukraine.” I am working on questions of political language and discourse in Ukraine. Specifically I concentrate on some discursive strategies in the political language employed by leaders of the most prominent political parties in Ukraine during television debates. The analysis draws on some descriptive and critical principles of discourse analysis in order to highlight and explain the differences and similarities in the linguistic realizations in the language of political parties in relation to a broader social context, specifically Ukrainian society after the Orange revolution.

Gender studies: "Femininities and Masculinities: the Case of Contemporary Ukraine." I continue to explore possibilities for research collaboration in order to produce a monograph that would include my own research on language and gender, as well as studies of gender in Ukrainian society from an anthropological and media studies perspective); 

INVITED LECTURE

2011, April 3. “Movna sytuatsiia ukrains’koho kiberprostoru” [=The language situation in Ukrainian cyberspace]. The Shevchenko Scientific Society Lecture Series, Edmonton, Alberta.
2009, April 23.   “The Interplay of Ukrainian and Russian in Contemporary Ukrainian Media.” Ukrainian lectures series organized by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and Ukrainian Studies at Stanford University, CA.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

2011   "The Language Situation of Cyber Ukraine." The Russian Internet in a Global Context. Passau, Germany, February 3-5.

2010  "The Discursive Construction of Childhood in Children's Magazines in Contemporary Ukraine", presented at the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasion Studies International Convention, Los Angeles, CA, November 20.

2009  “The Interplay of Ukrainian and Russian in Contemporary Ukrainian Media”, presented at the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Studies (AATSEEL) International Convention, Philadelphia, December 29

2009   “A Visual Analysis of Language in an “Orange Film” and Linguistic Reality in Today’s Ukraine”, presented at the Canadian Association of Slavists conference, May 23-25             

2005   “Presidential Speech and Processes of Language Democratization in Contemporary Ukraine”, presented at the conference “Contemporary Ukrainian Culture: The European and Global Context”, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, November 24-26.

2004   “New Directions in Slavic Gender Linguistics,” Slavic Sociolinguistics round table,  AAASS National Conference, Boston, December.

2003  “Media as the Language Planner of Contemporary Ukrainian”. Round Table presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) International Conference, Toronto, November.

2002 “Can Linguistic Interference be Reversed? Russian Calques in Ukrainian from the Soviet Period”. Round Table presentation at the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Studies (AATSEEL) International Convention, New York, December 28.

2002 “A Net of Language and Gender in Contemporary Ukrainian Media”. Panel: Media, Language and Gender in Contemporary Ukraine. AAASS International Conference, Pittsburgh, November.

2002   “Gender Discourse on the Net: the Case of Ukrainian”. Panel: Contemporary Gender Issues, Canadian Congress for Humanities and Social Sciences, Canadian Association of Slavists (CAS) National Conference, Toronto, May 28.

2001  “Gender Voices in Electronic Discourse: A Forum in Ukrainian,” Discourse and Pragmatics panel, AATSEEL International Convention, New Orleans, LO, December 28.

2001   “Internet as a Tool for the Acquisition of Language and Intercultural Awareness”, Roundtable on Less Commonly Taught Slavic Languages, AATSEEL International Convention, New Orleans, LO, December 28.

2000   “Positive Negativity: Discourse and Pragmatic Subtleties of Ukrainian”, “Discourse and Pragmatics” panel, AATSEEL International Convention, Washington, DC, December 28.

2000   “Is There a Women’s Language in Ukraine?”, “Language and Gender in the Slavic World” panel, AAASS International Conference, Denver, Colorado, November 10.

2000   “Positive Negativity: Attaining Pragmatic Competence in Ukrainian and Russian”, “Teaching Language and Culture II” panel, CAS National Conference, Edmonton, Alberta, May.

1999   “The Language of Women’s Magazines and Polarized Femininities in Contemporary Ukraine”, “Ukrainian at the Turn of the Century” panel, AAASS International Conference, St. Louis, Ms, November 21.

1998   “Accusative in -a as a Marker of Transitivity, Pragmatics and Discourse in Ukrainian”, “Grammatical Animacy” panel, AATSEEL International Convention, San Francisco, CA, December 29.

1997   “Issues in Teaching and Learning Ukrainian and Belarusian” round table discussant, AATSEEL International Convention, Toronto, Canada, December 28.

1996   “-No/-To and Voice: Statality and Actionality in Contemporary Ukrainian”, “Discourse and Pragmatics” panel, AATSEEL International Convention, Washington, DC, December 30.

1995   “Case Choice and Verbs of Placement in Ukrainian”, “Slavic Case” panel, AATSEEL International Convention, Chicago, IL, December 30.

1995   “Maximizing Student Participation in Russian Language Learning”, The First Annual University of Pittsburgh Teaching Excellence Conference (co-presentation: David J. Birnbaum, Susanna Porte), April 1.

1995   “Case Choice in Ukrainian”, “Slavic Linguistics” panel, Annual Graduate Symposium on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, March 25.

OTHER LECTURES, SEMINARS, PROFESSIONAL DISCUSSIONS

2009, November 17. “Building Relationships with Your Students. Motivating Your Students”. Panel: Tips for New Teachers, organized by the FGSR, Professional Development Session Series, UofA.

2009, October 7.  “The Interplay of Ukrainian and Russian in Contemporary Ukrainian Media”, MLCS Lecture series, UofA.

NON-ACADEMIC CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2002   “The State and the Future of Ukrainian Studies in Canada: University of Alberta”. Special Session on the Development of Ukrainian Studies in Canada organized by the Canadian-Ukrainian Congress, Toronto, May 25, 2002.
 
1997  Second World Forum of Ukrainians. “Ukrainian language and education” panel, Kyiv, Ukraine, August 19.
 
OTHER PRESENTATIONS
 

2010, Oct. 8. “Task-based Approach in Designing On-line Resources for Business Ukrainian.” MLCS Slavic workshop series on language pedagogy. University of Alberta

2009. Sept. 18. "Vocabulary Building Right from the Start,"  MLCS Teaching workshop series, University of Alberta.

 
2001 “New Curriculum for Ukrainian Bilingual Education: Structuring and Implementation of Grammatical Elements”, Alberta Learning workshops for teachers from Ukrainian bilingual programs, September.
 
2001 “Toward the Implementation of the New Language and Culture Curricula,” Alberta Learning workshop for teachers from bilingual programs, March.
 
2001 “Sequencing of Grammatical Elements of Ukrainian,” Alberta Learning workshop for teachers from bilingual programs, April.

EDITING AND PUBLISHING

Sep 2001-2008   Editor of the Ukrainian column in the Newsletter of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages; four issues annually.

2003-2004 Member of the editorial board of the Dialektolohichni studii [Studies in Dialectology], vol. .3: Zbirnyk pamiati Iroslavy Zakrevs'koii [an issue in memory of Iaroslava Zakrevs’ka] ISBN 966-02-2206-6.
 
Assistant Editor (Old Church Slavonic) for: Carl Darling Buck, Dictionary of Selected Synonyms in the Principal Indo-European Language. Revised edition. Mary Ritchie Key, general editor. Irvine: Intercontinental Dictionary Series (forthcoming).

MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT

2011 The Problems of Post-Communism Journal. Article Referee, 25 pp.
 
Canadian Slavonic Papers:
2010.  Article 20 pp.
2008. Article Referee, 27 pp.
2007.   Article Referee, 24pp.
2004.  Article Referee, 25pp.
 
2009  Journal of Slavic Linguistics, 29 pp.
2008  Slavic and East European Journal. Article Referee, 28 pp.
 
2007  Jonathan E.M. Clarke, Variance in the Ukrainian Verb  [pre-publication book   review], 80 pp.
 
Journal of Ukrainian Studies. 
2006  Article Referee, 23pp.
2005  Article Referee, 28pp.
 
2003  Slavica Publishers Inc. Manuscript Referee, 685pp.
1999-2002  Canadian   Institute of Ukrainian Studies Publications Program. Manuscript Referee (four books)

RESEARCH GRANTS

External:
Toward the publication of the textbook Ukrainian Through Its Living Culture:
  •  Alberta Foundation for Ukrainian Education Society (2007). 
  • Ukrainian Commemorative Society of Alberta, $2,000.00. Project: Electronic manual “Ukrainian Through Its Living Culture” (2006).
  • Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies, Scholarly Publication Program (2009).
  • Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko. (2008) (2007).
  • Ukrainian Foundation for College Education.  (2008).
  • Ukrainian Commemorative Society of Alberta. (2007).

Toward other projects:

  • Ukrainian Commemorative Society of Alberta. Project: a multi-media, Internet-based resource material development project for Ukrainian language courses at the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. (2008-2009).
  •  Alberta Foundation for Ukrainian Education Society. Project: electronic resource materials development for Ukrainian (2008).
  •  Ukrainian Commemorative Society of Alberta. Funding support for students enrolled in UKR 300/400 summer travel course in L’viv, Ukraine (2006).
  •  Alberta-Ukraine Special Recognition Award. Project: Advanced Ukrainian Textbook Project (2003-2004).
  •  American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS), Advanced Research Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the Former Soviet Union (4 months, summer 2002- 2003). Project: Data collection (Language and Gender in Contemporary Ukraine). 
  •  National Council of Organizations of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Small Grant competition. Project: Instructional Materials for Advanced Ukrainian. (2003).
  • International Research Exchange Board (IREX), Short-Term Travel Grant, funded by the National Endowment for Humanities (2 months, 2002). Project: Data collection and conference participation (Chernivtsi, Ukraine). 
  •  American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS): Advanced Ukrainian (textbook). June 1999-August 2002. 

Internal:

  • SSHRC 4A Research Grant. Project: The Discursive Construction of Childhood in Contemporary Ukrainian Media (2011-2012).
  • SSHRC 4A Operating Grant. Project: Gender and Discourse in Contemporary Ukraine (2003-2004)
  •  SSHRC 4A Operating Grant. Project: “Femininities and Masculinities: Gender and Discourse in Contemporary Ukraine.”  (2002-2003).
  •  SSHRC – Sponsored Junior Faculty Program: “Language and Gender in Ukrainian.” April 2000-March 2002. 
  •  Harriet Winspear-Sheila Watson Fellowship: Discourse and Pragmatics in Foreign Language Teaching.  July 1999. 
  •  Special Start-Up Grant for New Faculty in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Conferences participation.  July 1, 1999-June 30, 2001. 

 

TEACHING

Courses, including ones cross-listed with graduate courses.

1999-2011  University of Alberta           

  • First-Year Ukrainian
  • Ukrainian in Context I & II
  • Reading and Speaking Ukrainian
  • The Ukrainian-Speaking World I & II
  • Business Ukrainian
  • Beginner's Russian (coordinator)
  •  
  • Ukrainian in Media and Internet (cross-listed)
  • Ukrainian on TV and in Film (cross-listed)
  •  Advanced Russian: Pop Culture and Media (cross-listed)
  • Language Issues in Contemporary Ukraine (cross-listed)
  • Style and Structure of Contemporary Ukrainian (cross-listed)
  • Introduction to Applied Linguistics (MLCS, graduate)

 1996-99    University of Toronto

  • Elementary & Advanced Ukrainian
  • Style and Structure of Ukrainian
  • History of the Ukrainian Language 
  • Ukrainian of the 21st Century Through Literature and Media

Graduate Courses (1999-2009):

  • Topics in Contemporary Slavic Linguistics
  •  Comparative and Typological Slavic Linguistics
  • Slavic Gender Linguistics
  • Translating Literature: Ukrainian to English (team-taught)
    (including cross-listed above)

Summer Intensive Language and Culture Courses:

2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011

  • Instructor, University of Alberta Summer Travel Course in L'viv, Ukraine "Ukrainian Through Its Living Culture I, II" (cross-listed)
  • 1997  Instructor, Advanced & Elementary Russian Intensive Language Program
  • Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh

 COMMITTEE MEMBER / EXAMINER (1999-2009):

  • Ph.D.: Sogu Hong, K. Hunter, N. Diakun, Y. Novikov, Z. Valkova, M. Emersic, V. Knaus, I. Shilova
  • M.A.: I. Jovtoulia, C. Greene, K. Hunter, A. Chilewski, D. Antoniuk, S. Pavlunik
  • Committee member in other departments: Zora Rush, MA in Linguistics, University of Pittsburgh
            

GRADUATE SUPERVISION  (1999-2009) —

Ongoing:

  • Ph.D.:  O. Sivachenko, O. Hlazkova, T. Kuznetsova 
  • M.A.:    P. Bakhmut 

Completed:

  • Ph.D. Supervisor: J. Babicheva; A. Medvedev;
  • PhD Co-Supervisor: V. Polkovsky, Ch. Delling (interim supervisor), C. Greene, A. Chilewski;
  • M.A. Supervisor:  S. Kozakov; D. Pesin; O. Babenko; O. Lebedeva,  S. Remnyakova
  • M.A. Co-supervisor: A. Medvedev; K. Orshanskaya; K. Svechnikova;
     

TEACHING AWARDS / HONORS

2008         Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Teaching Award

2008       Nominated as an outstanding candidate for the University’s Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

SERVICE

UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION

 a. Committee Memberships:

1) Department —

  • 2011 (Fall) - present:  Chair of MLCS Curriculum Committee
  • 2009 (July) - present: Undergraduate Advisor for Ukrainian
  • 2008 (Apr-Dec)  Chair of the Language Coordinators’ Committee in MLCS;
  • 2000-present.    Member, MLCS coordinators' committee;
  • 2004-2009   Member, Language coordinators' sub-committee
  •  Developed an MLCS standard form for classroom observations (sub-committee work)
  • Developed regulation for teaching assistants in MLCS (sub-committee work)
  • Developed test structure for the LOE waiver to be used at the MLCS (sub-committee work)
  • Developed series of protocols related to the assessment of language proficiency of graduate students admitted to the MLCS (sub-committee work)
  • Developed MLCS LOE waiver description and procedures
  • Edited/updated “Coordination duties in MLCS”
  • Developed “Language Coordinators’ Committee Chair: position description”
  • 2008 (fall)  MLCS Teaching Workshop: presentation "The MLCS Apprenticeship Program"
  • 2008 (fall)  MLCS, organized (with Dr. Pylypiuk) a one-day Teaching workshop for new TAs, Apprentices and instructors of Ukrainian;
  • 2008 (Nov)   MLCS, member of hiring committee: Punjabi instructor; 
  • 2007-present.  MLCS, member of the Applied linguistics committee;
  • 2006 (fall)   MLCS, Slavic Area principle organizer of a one-day Teaching workshop for new TAs, Apprentices and instructors of Russian;
  •  2003, 2004 (fall) MLCS principle organizer of the two-day Teaching Orientation workshops for new TAs and instructors;
  • 2002-2005  MLCS coordinator of the University Teaching Program;
  • 2004-2005 Member, Graduate Committee;
  • 2006-2007 Undergraduate Advisor: Slavic: Russian, Ukrainian, Polish;
  • 2001-2005
  • 2001, 2002  Member, Selection Committee for Spanish Applied Linguist position;
  • 1999-2005   Member, the departmental visibility committee;
  • 1999-present.  Member, the Arts Research Centre liaison committee, representing the Slavic areas.

2) Faculty:

  • 2008 (fall)  MLCS representative to FEC in two tenure cases. 
  • 2006-2007   MLCS and Faculty of Arts, Member, Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Selection Committee;
  •  2003 (spring) Member, Academic Position Selection Committee for a Tier I (Senior) Canada Research Chair in Cultural Linguistics;
  • 2000-2001  Member, Arts Representative Council;
  • 1999   Member, of the Language Research Centre director selection committee  

         

PUBLIC & PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

1) Administrative Positions in National and International Organizations

  • 2001- 2005  Program Committee Member, Division Head of Linguistics for the American Association of Teacher of Slavic and East European Languages;
  • 1998-2001   Program Committee Member, Assistant Division Head of Linguistics for the American Association of Teacher of Slavic and East European Languages

2) Newspaper articles/other media:

2007-2008        

Gave interviews to the “Ukrainian Weekly” newspaper (the most widely circulated Ukrainian newspaper in North America) about the summer travel program in L’viv, Ukraine. Article published Feb. 3, 2008.

2008              

Gave an interview to the “Promin′” newspaper (official newspaper of the Ukrainian Women’s league of Canada) about the summer travel program in L’viv, Ukraine. Article published in the spring of 2008.

2002               

Wrote an article about the 2001 summer travel course in L'viv, Ukraine. Ukrainian Weekly, April 2002.

2001           

Gave an interview to the "Ukrainian Weekly" newspaper about the Ukrainian programme at the University of Alberta and the new travel study course in Ukraine.

2001           

Gave an interview on the University radio program (CJSR) about the Ukrainian language, literature and cultural studies at the University of Alberta.

 

3) Participation in Educational Projects:

2009           

Underwent “Staff Language Proficiency Assessors training,” organized by the Institute for Innovation in Second Language Education, Edmonton Public Schools.

2008           

Underwent training: Professional Language Assessment Sessions organized by the Alberta Learning. Became a certified Language Assessor for Ukrainian.

4) Community Outreach:

Present           

  • Director, Alberta Foundation for Ukrainian Education
  • Member, Shevchenko Scientific Society, Canada
  • Member, Ukrainian Commemorative Society of Alberta
  • Member, Ukrainian Professional and Business Association
  • Member, Alberta Ukrainian Learning Association
  • 2008        
  • Volunteered at Casinos, organized by the Alberta Foundation for Ukrainian Education
  • December, 2004        
  • Official observer, member of the Canadian Ukrainian Congress team, Presidential election in Ukraine
  • March 21, 2003        
  • Participated in the Formal Presentation of the renewed Ukrainian International Bilingual Program: Edmonton Public Schools, Ukrainian Bilingual Association of Alberta;
  • January 29, 2003        
  • Gave an interview to the Alberta Learning on "Ukrainian as an international language", conducted by Walley Lazaruk, consultant to Alberta Learning;
  • Spring, 2003        
  • Gave an interview to CBC radio on "New directions in teaching Ukrainian language and literatures at the University of Alberta"; 
  • 2002, 2003        
  • Volunteered at Casinos, organized by the Ukrainian Commemorative Society, in order to collect travel-grant money for the summer program in L'viv, Ukraine and for the Ukrainian Multi-Media Project in MLCS, $6,000.00;
  • March, 2002                 
  • Visited the Austin O'Brien high school, presented an overview of the MLCS and the Ukrainian program in particular; 
  • 1999                 
  • Represented MLCS: Slavic division at the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian Bilingual Education in Alberta. 

 

 

 

The Lady of Lviv (oil, 24"x36") by Oksana Zhelisko, 2009

Zhelisko was trained at the Ivan Trush College of Decorative Arts in Lviv. She held her first exhibit in 2001 at the Ivan Franko National University. Currently she resides in Edmonton, and her most recent work has been shown in Calgary's Webster Gallery and St. Albert's Art Beat Gallery.