Meletiy Zyla, Special for NP – UN, Edmonton.
The 2018 recipient of the Michael Luchkovich Award, is Janice Sarich, former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (MLA) as well as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education appointed by former Premier Ed Stelmach.
Since 1986, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Alberta Provincial Council has honoured individuals who have previously been elected officials, for their significant contribution and dedication to the betterment of all Canadians. Sarich was presented her award by UCC- APC Olesia Luciw-Andryjowycz.
“Janice was very conscientious, attended all caucus meetings, carefully preparing for all policy discussions, and asking good questions about legislation coming before the Assembly as to how this would affect her constituents. She was a hard worker that put her heart and soul in representing her constituents,” said former Premier Ed Stelmach on Sarich’s time in the Government of Alberta.
The story of Janice Sarich is deeply rooted in Ukrainian culture. Born in Edmonton in 1958, Janice is a fourth generation Ukrainian Canadian, and a proud Albertan. This intelligent and dedicated leader is driven by her strong cultural, religious, and close family upbringing. Janice’s commitment to family and education attracted her to politics, confident she could have a positive impact on her children, parents and community.
Janice put her small business-consulting firm on hold when she became the first woman elected as the Ward 2 Trustee for Edmonton Catholic School Board and held the position from 2001-2007. A strong voice with an enviable work ethic and energy, Janice moved to provincial politics in 2008. She was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta (MLA) for Edmonton-Decore and was re-elected in 2012, serving until 2015.
Former Premier Stelmach appointed Janice to a challenging position as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, while continuing to serve on demanding Standing Committees.
Janice is a devoted wife, mother, sister, and daughter while being a strong community supporter and fixture at countless community and spiritual events. She believes that faith is an integral part of promoting tolerance and understanding amongst Albertans. Janice greatly respects Bishop David Motiuk as a leader.
Janice is honored and humbled to accept the Michael Luchkovich Award, and joins past recipients who she has long admired and respected. She will continue to promote Ukrainian culture and traditions as she continues to write chapters
to her story.