For strengthening friendship and cooperation between Canada and Russia
On May 13, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order awarding eight individuals for their merit and actions resulting in strengthening friendship and cooperation between nations and bringing together various cultures.
Among eight awarded people, two persons live and work in Canada. John Stuart Durrant, a citizen of Canada, is an honorary consul of the Russian Federation in the city of St. John’s, NL. He teaches at the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Memorial University. His research interests include Russian literature of 19th-20th centuries, Russian Silver Age, Russian lexicology, etc. Natalya Tatyshkina, a citizen of the Russian Federation, is a director of St. Cyril and Methodius Russian school in Ottawa, ON, and the Russian Cultural and Educational Centre Rodnik. She moved to Canada in 1999. And she currently serves as a board member of the Council of Russian-Canadian Cooperation.
Both of them received Orders of Friendship from Vladimir Putin.