Senator Kazimierz Kleina presented medals of merit and citations on behalf of the Senate of the Republic of Poland to the following individuals:
[to see a photograph of the recipient please click on their name. Photos compliments of the Eganville Leader]
David Shulist for his untiring and passionate promotion of the Kashub culture
in Canada, for creating Kashub Day, multi-cultural sporting events and Radio Kaszëbë;
Shirley Mask Connolly for her profound knowledge of the history of the
Kashubs and for her activities as a writer and curator of the Polish Kashub Heritage Museum in Wilno;
Ed Chippior for his role as the heritage director who started the building of the Heritage
Park through his donations of the first pioneer buildings, the log shanty and shed; also for creating the new 150th logo;
for her role in promoting Polish and Kashubian songs;
president of the Polish Heritage Institute Kaszuby,
and Thad Kay, Vice President, for promoting the Polish culture and
building relations between the Polish Kashubian cultures in Canada.
for producing the Canadian Kashub cookbook.
Theresa Chapeskie for her role as
Kashubian embroidery director and spearheading Kashub embroidery classes in local schools.
Don Burchat for his activities as the Polish Kashub furniture
director, producing and promoting furniture made in the traditional style by the original Polish Kashub cabinetmakers in Canada.
Recipients not in attendance: John Glofcheskie
of Vancouver for producing and preserving music from the past by recording and writing about the music of the Kashubian ancestors; Julian Kulas, for his role as the Kashubian language director working on a Canadian Kashub English dictionary;
Also not in atttendance, Stanley Wesierski, the owner of a bakery in Toronto, for his annual
Kashub Day donation of a van-full of Polish style donuts; also for donating Kashub costumes and promoting Kashub culture in Toronto.
Mr. Artur Jablonski, President of Kashubian Pomeranian Association in Poland praised
the local Kashub community for the way they have preserved their culture for 150 years and brought gifts for Heritage Society; also medals for David, Shirley and Martha; also for Ray Chapeskie for his role as co-host of Radio Kaszëbë.