Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award

Leader, humanitarian and philanthropist Neil Koziak named recipient of Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award

Edmonton, October 1, 2020 – Neil Koziak, a humanitarian and philanthropist whose deep commitment and support of his Catholic faith and his Ukrainian heritage is local and global, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award.

“Neil is a kind, compassionate and hard-working member of the Catholic community where he has served and continues to serve in a leadership and volunteer capacity,” said Bishop David Motiuk of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton. “He is a steadfast volunteer for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton and the Ukrainian community at large.”

Koziak is the son of the late John and Marie Koziak, a well-known and respected family in the Church and the Ukrainian community. John and Marie were major supporters and benefactors of many charitable activities, including founding members of St. Basil Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Edmonton.

Neil has carried on the spirit of his parents through the John H. and Marie Koziak Family Foundation, which he oversees with his siblings. The foundation has supported, among others, the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton, the Eparchy of Edmonton, the Basilian Fathers Monastery, the Sign of Hope Society, Hope Mission, the Covenant Health Foundation, Edmonton Catholic Schools Foundation, the Foundation of St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College.

“All of these speak to where Neil’s heart (and his siblings) is when it comes to furthering the Gospel Message and living out the mission of Christ in responding to ‘Who is my neighbour?’”,” Bishop Motiuk said in his letter nominating Koziak for the Kevin Carr Award.

The Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award is named for the first layperson to serve as president of Newman Theological College. The honour recognizes individuals whose outstanding Christian leadership reflects the values of the college and the qualities that Carr cherished and exhibited in his work.

As a teen, Koziak became involved in the St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Youth Club rising to the position of president. While in university, he was asked to serve on the board of directors of the Cultural Society of St. Basil’s Parish which oversees the St. Basil’s Cultural Centre. Koziak has been volunteering with the board for an unprecedented 48 years. Koziak has been a member of St. Basil’s Mens Club for more than 25 years. He has helped raise funds for the current St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Complex, which includes St. Basil’s Church, St. Basil’s Cultural Centre and the parish rectory.

As a club member, Koziak helped form the St. Basil’s Parish Senior Citizen’s Society which was responsible for the construction of the Celo Yysnelka seniors’ home. He was involved with the Camp St. Basil summer youth camp and planning parish events and anniversaries. He also assists with maintenance, repair and renovations of St. Basil’s parish properties.

Koziak is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, and this year became deputy grand knight of the Fr. Hannas Council of St. Basil’s Parish.

As a board member of the Friars, Koziak helped organize an annual gala in support of theological education and priestly formation. The event is a joint effort of the Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton and the Edmonton Eparchy.

At the provincial level, Koziak’s pride in his Ukrainian heritage led to his involvement as director of the Ukrainian Language Arts Society for many years.

At the global level, Koziak has been involved with the Bishop Budka Charitable Society which provides economic, cultural and environmental assistance to countries in need. The society’s projects include restoring a flooded orphanage in Brazil, funding farmers’ associations, buying musical instruments for a youth group in Bosnia, as well as providing beds to a convent and major funding for a seminary in Ukraine.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing this humble gentleman for 20 years, and over that time have come to know and appreciate Neil as a faith-filled leader, volunteer, philanthropist and humanitarian,” said Joyce Tutt, who also nominated Koziak for the Carr Award.

“Neil’s faith, and its connection to his heritage, has always been an important part of his life.”

The award will be presented at the 17th Annual Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award Luncheon in the Spring if public health situation permits.

For more information contact: Michelle Maxwell Newman Theological College 780-392-2455


2019-June-10 - David & Cathy Bouchard are first joint recipients of Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award

2018-February-09 - Newman Theological College welcomes relocation of Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary to Edmonton

2017-December-21 - Respected Scripture scholar Stéphane Saulnier promoted to rank of Professor

2017-September-15 - Dr. Ryan Topping appointed Vice-President and Academic Dean

2017-July-25 - Sandra Prather to receive NTC's Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award

2017-February-23 - The Association of Theological Schools’ Commission on Accrediting reaffirms the Accreditation of Newman Theological College for a period of seven years.

2016-July-11 - Joyce Tutt named to receive NTC's Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award

2016-May-11 - Newman Theological College Announces the Appointment of a New Academic Dean

2015-July-06 - Glen Argan named to receive Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award

2015-June-12 - NTC honours Dr. Robert McKeon as Professor Emeritus

2014-January-25 - Newman Theological College launches Benedict XVI Institute for New Evangelization

2014-September-08 - Newman Theological College announces 2014 recipient of Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award - Marc Barylo

2013-October-19 - NTC honours Msgr. Frank Patsula and Dr. Gwen Miller as Professors Emeriti

2013-March-21 - Revised Certificate in Catholic Studies Program (C.C.S.)

2013-March-18 - Revised Masters of Religious Education Program (M.R.E.)

2013-February-28 - New Partner joining EXCEL Academy

2013-August-27 - Newman Theological College announces 2013 recipient of Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award - Mary Molloy

2012-October-24 - New Leadership at Newman Theological College

2012-June-22 - NTC Selection Committee announces 2012 winner of Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award - Dr. Kae Neufeld, D. Min.

2011-July-20 - NTC Selection Committee announces 2011 winner of Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award - Rosanna M. Saccomani, Q.C.

Who is Kevin Carr?

Kevin Carr was the seventh president of Newman Theological College, from 1993-2001. He was the first layperson appointed to this position and during his tenure he was involved in a major restructuring and renewal of the College. Committed to a life of service, Mr. Carr’s accomplishments include an extensive record of contributions to religious and professional organizations and to the broader community in a variety of roles. Even in retirement, Mr. Carr continues to forge a legacy of generous Christian Witness.

What is the purpose of the award?

For fifteen years, the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award has recognized and honoured individuals whose outstanding Christian Leadership reflects the values of Newman Theological College and the qualities that Kevin Carr cherished and exhibited in his work as President.

Who is eligible to receive the award?

Any lay person(s) who has provided significant leadership in fostering/promoting Christian culture, and whose leadership efforts have had a positive and lasting impact in western and northern Canada.

Who is eligible to nominate?

Nominations are invited from individuals, businesses, organizations, and community groups.

How do I nominate someone for the award?

Simply fill out the Nomination Form and attach to it the support material described below. Please refer to the checklist at the end of the brochure to ensure all items have been completed and are included in your nomination packages. No further information may be submitted.



Areas of Contribution:


Modelling Christ, the nominee(s) has shared his or her gifts for leadership in guiding and inspiring positive community development.

Christian - Witness

The achievements of the nominee(s) shall witness a response to the call of Jesus Christ to be a leaven in the work of transforming society and fostering a true Christian Culture.

Community - Engagement

Christian Leadership is at the humble and faithful service of the community. The nominee(s) will have manifested generous, collaborative, and long-term commitment to the growth of a just and loving community.

Support letters

Three current letters required including one from the nominator.

Nominee profile

A profile no longer than three pages is to be completed by the nominator. This should contain details of the the nominee’s significant contributions in the areas of leadership and Christian service merit which demonstrates his or her meriting this award. Please refer to the selection criteria for guidance.

When is the closing date for nominations?

All nominations must be received at Newman Theological College by 4:00 PM  on May 1st.

How are the nominations processed?

The Nomination Selection Committee will review all applications for completeness, appropriateness and accuracy. The Committee is made up of individuals who represent Newman Theological College Senate, Faculty, Administration and two community members at large.

How and when will the award recipient be recognized?

The Award Recipient will be notified by Newman Theological College and invited to attend a celebratory luncheon in their honour in the fall of 2017 to receive the Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award.


If you have any questions or require guidance in the preparation of the nomination, please contact:
Michelle Maxwell
Newman Theological College
780.392.2455 or


2019 - David & Cathy Bouchard
2018 - Mike Paonessa
2017 - Sandra Prather
2016 - Joyce Tutt
2015 - Glen Argan
2014 - Marc Barylo
2013 - Mary Molloy
2012 - Dr. Kae Neufeld
2011 - Rosanna M. Saccomani
2010 - Ben Hochhausen
2009 - Sr. Annata Brockman
2008 - Donald Zinyk
2007 - Sen. Douglas J. Roche
2006 - Tim Spelliscy
2005 - Ernest Chauvet
2004 - The Honourable Jean Forest


Event Information

Kevin Carr Luncheon

Due to Covid-19 we will be planning an awards luncheon once restrictions are lifted.