Dean Oikonen is a Citizen of Exceptional Achievement


June 20, 2018

Dean Oikonen is a recipient of the City of Thunder Bay’s 42nd Annual Citizens of Exceptional Achievement Awards.

Dean is a founding member of Zorya Ukrainian Dance Association and has volunteered his time for 21 years. He has held executive positions, studied to become a dance instructor and a dance choreographer and is also a dancer himself. His dedication shines through in how he is always ready to do the best job he can and willing to assist another instructor if needed or lend a helping hand at the studio.

Dean has taught all age levels with the dance school, including his peers. As an instructor, he teaches and prepares dancers to perform with confidence and pride. His choreography knowledge offers the necessary know-how of Ukrainian culture and tradition. As a dancer, Dean performs with skill, expertise and showmanship. His performances in Ukrainian festivals have taken him throughout Northwestern Ontario, to British Columbia, and the United States. He performs annually at Malanka, a celebration of Ukrainian New Year’s Eve, Ukrainian weddings, anniversaries and special events. He has been involved in performances such as Folklore Festival, Canada Day celebrations and seniors’ homes. He is an excellent role model for young parents and the young dancers he has instructed. His commitment to leadership has made the Zorya Ukrainian Dance Association grow into the successful dance group it is today. 

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