Philanthropy

Feel good knowing that when you collect an artwork by Amanda Shatzko -  a portion of your proceeds are used to sponsor humanitarian and nature causes

(such as environmental sustainability, and youth initiatives - so that they can inspire the next generation)

 

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Amanda's Story

Amanda grew up in the Okanagan region of BC, Canada, running through the fields and climbing trees barefoot and in dresses. Never shying away from the competition with boys and girls alike, while encouraging respect and inclusion by all since a toddler. At the age of ten, Amanda was interested in representing her country of Canada at the Olympic Games. She was fascinated by the international pursuit of excellence and intercultural love of sport around the globe, celebrated collectively.

 

Her first thought was to be an athlete; this led to seven years training thirty hours a week as a Canadian national gymnast. Even nominated "Most likely to go to the Olympics" in her high school yearbook.  While Amanda did become a professional athlete featured on tv, movies, events, and athletic gear, unfortunately, her date with the Olympics never arrived.  

 

She realized if she wanted to represent her country at the Olympics, it would have to be through a different outlet.  Six years later her dream came true when she was commissioned by the Government of Canada to be an official artist; painting athletes live at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.  

 

Creativity conquered her goal.

 

 

Known for her ambition and charisma, Shatzko has a passion for pushing the boundaries of creativity in her multidisciplinary pursuit of excellence.

 

A contemporary renaissance woman.

 

Her research interests include creative & cultural intelligence, public engagement, cultural diplomacy, and sustainable leadership development. She believes the genius lies at the intersection of diverse ideas; resulting in innovation.

A respected visionary leader, Amanda has been appointed/elected as chair and director to multiple boards for municipal, provincial, and national organizations, such as the BC Alliance for Arts & Culture, Vancouver Branch of the United Nations Association in Canada, Arts Council of the North Okanagan, and Advisor to the Greater Vernon Culture Plan.

 

Amanda has traveled, advised and worked in over 25 countries. Developing her presentation skills, Shatzko regularly speaks as an expert and Canadian ambassador/delegate at national congress meetings, and international conventions. 

Demonstrating remarkable accomplishment Amanda has received recognition and awards such as...

  • Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women (WXN & Financial Post)

  • Top 40 Young Global Cultural Leader (Global Diplomacy Platform)

  • Top 20 Under 40 (Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce)

  • BC's 25 Most Powerful Women Leaders (BC Business Magazine)

  • BC Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism (BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture)

  • BC Ambassador for Arts & Culture (BC Ministry, Culture Days)

  • Emerging Leader (Mercedes Benz)

  • Volunteer Spirit Award (Central Okanagan Foundation)

  • Multicultural Community Champion (Social Planning North Okanagan)

  • Top Young Canadian Leader (Global Vision)

  • An elected politician for BX/Silver Star (Electoral Area C) in the North Okanagan, and Vice-Chair of the Regional District Board of Directors.​​

EDUCATION

  • Master of Arts (Intercultural & International Communication, Royal Roads University)

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design)

  • Certificate (Sotheby's Institute of Art, NYC)

  • Active Citizen Social Enterprise Certification (British Council, UNAC)

  • BC Cowboy Heritage Foundation Scholarship

  • Helen Pitt Scholarship (4x)

  • Vancouver Foundation Scholarship (4x)

  • BC Arts Council Grant

  • Heritage Canada Grant

FUN FACTS:

 

- Amanda's High School renamed their most prestigious award to the "Amanda Shatzko Dedicated to the Arts Award", awarded annually to the schools top creative student of the year.

 

- Amanda's favorite TV/Movie characters are the Ninja Turtles.  They have great athletic skills, humanitarian hearts, and are named after the worlds top Renaissance artists. Her favorite was Michelangelo (sporting his lunch box, beach towel, and Halloween costume) Though recently Leonardo (da Vinci) has proven to be quite influential.