A Madawaska Valley leader has been honoured for his work as a journalist who covers ethnic issues and for his involvement in the community.
David Shulist was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Ethnic Media Association. The award recognizes his work advocating for the Kashubian language, culture and identity.
Shulist has produced a print publication and a podcast which explores his Kashubian ancestry and gives voice to the Slavic culture’s history and language.
The award also honours his work in promoting multiculturalism and community engagement. Shulist organizes the Opeongo Heritage Hockey Tournament, which brings teams of players, representing their ancestral nations, together.
Shulist says he accepts the award for his ancestors who were victims of identify theft. He notes that Kashubians are now free and have a voice.
Shulist is also a councillor for Madawaska Valley.