Anna Kisil (1960-2020) – a well-known public figure, philanthropist, longstanding leader, and a voice for Ukrainian newcomers to Canada. She was born in Ukraine, where she graduated from Lviv Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Civil Engineering, and has lived in Toronto since 1991. Anna Kisil was a founder and long-term President of the Fourth Wave International Organization of Ukrainian Communities, Vice - President of the Ukrainian World Congress, and Chair of the World Federation of Ukrainian Women's Organizations. In addition, she was an accomplished female entrepreneur who managed to build a successful business in Canada and Ukraine.
Anna Kisil was also a philanthropist who generously supported numerous projects in Ukraine and the diaspora, including helping orphaned children, the publication of books, and the developing women's movement. For her services to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, Anna Kisil has been awarded several honours, including the President of Ukraine's Medal on the occasion of 25 Years of Ukraine's Independence and the Ivan Mazepa Cross.
In recognition of her lifelong passion for serving the community, IOUC Fourth Wave is introducing Anna Kisil Scholarship to empower our youth and build a stronger civil society.
The project is supported by the Foundation of the Encyclopedia of Ukraine.