Honourable Gene Zwozdesky – MLA for Edmonton-Mill Creek

Lord God, Today we lift up Hon. Gene
Zwozdesky, may he walk every day in a place of blessing. Give him wisdom and
discernment as he makes decisions throughout the day. Help him to be a
peacemaker and may his fellow MLAs honour him in his role. We pray your
blessings on the leadership skills he brings to this position. Amen  (Gr. 6 Student)

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta

On April 23, 2012, Gene Zwozdesky was elected to his sixth term as the
MLA for Edmonton-Mill Creek. He was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
on May 23, 2012, and appointed chair of the Special Standing Committee on
Members’ Services on May 24, 2012.

Mr. Zwozdesky sits on the executive of the Commonwealth Parliamentary
Association as the Canada Regional Representative.

In addition to his role as MLA, Mr. Zwozdesky chaired the Standing
Committee on Community Development.

He previously served as Minister of Alberta Health and Wellness,
Minister of Aboriginal Relations, Minister of Education, and Minister of
Community Development. He was also the Associate Minister of Health and
Wellness (1999) and of Capital Planning (2007).

Mr. Zwozdesky was a member of the Standing Committee on Privileges and
Elections, Standing Orders and Printing and the Cabinet Policy Committee on
Community Development.

An adjunct professor at the University of Alberta, Mr. Zwozdesky has a
bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of education degree from the University
of Alberta as well as accreditation courses in public administration.

Before becoming an MLA, Mr. Zwozdesky worked as a teacher,
administrator, professional musician and business owner. He was also the
Executive Director of the Alberta Cultural Heritage Foundation and of the
Alberta Ukrainian Canadian Centennial Commission, as well as Music Director for
the Shumka Dancers and Cheremosh Dancers.

Mr. Zwozdesky is actively involved in his community. He is President of
the Alberta Friends of Golf Association and a member of: the Edmonton Chamber
of Commerce, Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations, Order of St. Andrew,
Rainbow Society of Alberta, St. John’s Fraternal Society, Big Miller Bandwagon
Statue Project, and the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of
Canada (SOCAN). He is also an Honourary Life-time Member of the Edmonton
Musicians’ Association (Local 390), the Twin Parks Community League, and the
Ukrainian Shumka Dancers. He is an Honorary Member of the Robert Burns World
Federation, January 22, 2014.

Previously, Mr. Zwozdesky was an executive member of the Alberta Folk
Arts Council, Alberta Recording Industry Association, Edmonton Canada Day
Committee, Edmonton Heritage Festival Association and Capital City Savings
(SERVUS) Ukrainian Community Council. He was the co-founder and producer of the
Great Canadian Awards and Honorary Mayor of Kananaskis Country. He has served
as a volunteer auctioneer for numerous organizations and has helped raise over
$5 million for charitable causes.
Gene Zwozdesky has received many awards and recognitions, including:
  • Queen’s
    Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
  • Taras
    Shevchenko Medal, 2009
  • Ami de la francophonie lors de Rond Point
  • Alberta
    Association of Rehab Centres Trail Breaker Award
  • Alberta
    Council for the Ukrainian Arts Award
  • Alberta
    Motion Picture Industry Film Composer Award
  • Alberta
    Recording Industries Association (ARIA) Award of Distinction
  • Blauen-Funken
    Prinzengarde Honorary Knight Award
  • CFCW
    Canadian Ukrainian Music Hall of Fame
  • City
    of Edmonton Ambassador Award for Business and Tourism
  • Congress
    of Black Women of Canada Merit Award
  • Council
    of India Societies Merit Award
  • Edmonton
    Folk Arts Council Heritage Development Award
  • Edmonton
    Musicians Association Honorary Life Member Award
  • Friends
    of Focus Award (for work with disability groups)
  • Friends
    of Inner City Edmonton Appreciation Award
  • Government
    of Canada Merit Award for Multiculturalism
  • Lebanese
    Cultural Association (Lac La Biche) Honorary Member Award
  • Pakistan
    Canada Association Community Service Award
  • Province
    of Alberta Achievement Award for Culture
  • Queens
    Golden Jubilee Medal
  • Royal
    Canadian Legion Community Service Award
  • Royal
    Canadian Norwood Legion Honorary Life Member Award
  • Sikh
    Federation of Edmonton Outstanding Community Services Award
  • Twin
    Parks Community League Honorary Life Member Award
  • Ukrainian
    Canadian Social Services Certificate of Recognition
  • Ukrainian
    Shumka Dancers Lifetime Member Award
  • Vohon
    Ukrainian Dance Ensemble Recognition Award
  • 2005
    Alberta Centennial Medal

For the 2009 and 2010 Mardi Gras Season, Gene and his wife, Christine,
were crowned “Prince and Princess” of the German Blauen-Funken