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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 10th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, June 11, 2009 7 QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST www.innerwestweekly.com.au Gong plus coveted invite Wolodymyr Shumsky has been honoured for his work in the Ukrainian community. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP285110 SHIREEN KHALIL NOT only has Wolodymyr Shumsky's service to the Ukrainian community been ac- knowledged by his being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) but it has landed him an invitation to meet the Ukrainian President. Mr Shumsky, of Lidcombe, who was honoured for his cultural, educational and literary contri- butions to the Ukrainian com- munity, said his award could not have come at a better time. ''When I received the notifi- cation from the Governor-General I was very proud. I have had health problems and this has made me very happy,'' he said. Mr Shumsky migrated to Aust- ralia in 1948 with a goal of starting a Ukrainian newspaper. ''Within a couple of months I had applied to the minister for permission to start up the paper. ''I wanted for all new Ukrainian arrivals to have some kind of link with their homeland and also to enable them to have information in their own language about Aust- ralia,'' Mr Shumsky said. After 60 years his dream lives on with the help of his son Mark. ''He is still sitting at the com- puter next to his bed typing and editing stories -- he used to print, edit, format and do all the posting himself,'' Mark said. On top of his great success of running The Free Thought Ukrainian newspaper, Mr Shumsky also published a book called the Almanac of Ukrainian Life in Australia in 1994 and the first Ukrainian encyclopedia in Australia. ''I researched thousands of indi- vidual Ukrainian biographies -- it was quite unique. I started re- searching in 1997 and completed it in 2001,'' Mr Shumsky said. Mr Shumsky and son Mark are producing an English version of the Ukrainian encyclopedia which is due to be published at the end of this year. Mr Shumsky was in- vited by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to have dinner with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and his wife in Aust- ralia next week. Mr Shumsky, who founded the Ukrainian Studies Foundation and helped establish the Ukrainian Studies Centre at Macquarie University, said he was moved by the invitation and is looking forward to meeting the President. Top honour for medical professor A SUMMER Hill doctor has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine in the area of oncology research. Professor Richard Kefford has a long string of achieve- ments to his name. He was also recognised for his service to professional organis- ations and as an educator. He has been a professor of medicine at Sydney University at Westmead Hospital since 1996. Prof Kefford was a founding director of both the Westmead Institute for Cancer Research and the Westmead Hospital de- partment of medical oncology. He has served as the director of clinical research at the Mela- noma Institute of Australia since 2008. His other roles include con- sultant medical oncologist at the Sydney Melanoma Unit since 1985 and consultant medi- cal oncologist at the NSW Breast Cancer Institute since 2004. Prof Kefford has been a mem- ber of the National Health and Medical Research Council Academy since 2009 and the Program Grants Review Com- mittee in 2008. He was awarded the Susman Prize from the Royal Australasian College of Phys- icians in 1991. FESTI global cuisine fine wine fun rides live entertainment cooking demonstrations wine appreciation sessions
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