BEHIND THE SCENES
ROMAN PETRIW, PHOTOGRAPHER
Roman Petriw has been documenting the life of Alberta's Ukrainian community for the better part of four decades and he is delighted to be associated with Lamont County's Babas and Borshch Ukrainian festival. Look out for him as he captures timeless moments over the two days of the festival.
JIM NEWMAN, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, LAMONT COUNTYJim Newman assumed the role of Economic Development Manager, Lamont County in the fall of 2012. He brings a combination of visionary thinking, strength in relationship building and a strong work ethic to the role. He is especially proud of the partnerships he is building with industry to everyone's mutual benefit.
As a champion of the Babas and Borshch Ukrainian Festival he has worked tirelessly for its success. In April 2014 he accepted the prize on behalf of Lamont County and the Festival for Marketing Alberta Excellence (Small Community) at the annual Economic Developers Alberta awards ceremony in Kananaskis.
HAZEL ANAKA, FESTIVAL COORDINATORHazel brings a breadth of experience to her role as BBUF Coordinator taking the festival from nothing more than a good idea to a successful, destination event in Lamont County. Extensive communication and time management skills coupled with a sense of humour and strong work ethic allowed her to bring together volunteers, presenters, performers and interpreters who shared the vision for what the Festival could be.
In working to preserve and promote the Ukrainian culture she is remembering and rediscovering her own roots. She is confident that even if Alzheimers takes her memory she will always know the ‘culturally correct’ way to spell borshch!
RADOMIR BILASH, UKRAINIAN EXPERTRadomir has been an important part of the Festival’s success since Day One. His comprehensive knowledge of all things Ukrainian and extensive contacts and connections have served the Festival well. He brings ideas and resources to the table that have enriched and broadened the scope of what the festival does and can mean to Ukrainians and those who want to understand them better.
He is senior historian to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Canada and the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village as well as Project Lead on the Alberta-Ukraine Genealogical Project. He brings his passion and expertise to the Boards of many Ukrainian organizations including this one.