Parliamentary Secretary Dechert Attends Ceremony Honouring Canadian in Ukraine

June 24, 2013 - Kyiv - Bob Dechert, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, congratulates Canadian James Temerty, recipient of the Andrey Sheptysky Medal, at a dinner ceremony.  They are joined by Mario Silva, Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (right).

The award, presented by the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, is in recognition of Mr. Temerty’s   dedication to fostering friendly relations between the Ukrainian and Jewish peoples. Temerty is chairman of the Toronto-based green-energy company Northland Power Inc. and is active in promoting Ukrainian-Jewish understanding, notably through the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, which he founded in 2008.

Mr. Dechert is on an official visit to Ukraine, which will include a memorial visit to the Old Jewish Cemetery in Sambir and meetings with Ukranian officials. During his time in Ukraine, Mr. Dechert will also encourage Ukraine to join the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which Canada currently chairs.

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