Oksana Shadrina, Fantastic Flavours Ice Cream Parlour in Youghal, has been recognised by the United States Congress for her achievements as a Business Woman, Community Volunteer, Scholar and Tourism Ambassador. Speaking with The East Cork Journal following her presentation last week of a sponsored Proclamation of the United States House of Representatives by Irish-American Congressman, Joe Crowley, Oksana said she was honoured to receive such a special presentation "which", she said, "I consider to be a great and unique honour".
A further honour was bestowed on Oksana when Hispanic-American Congresswoman, Nydia Valesquez (New York), Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee in the United States Congress, joined Congressman Crowley by presenting Oksana with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for her "outstanding and invaluable service to the community". African-American Congressman Elijah Cummings (Maryland) also sent special Congressional Remarks, congratulating Oksana for her life's work.
Busy mother of baby Bláithnaid, Oksana is also very active on a local level in the Youghal and East Cork areas. She is a regular Volunteer Counsellor at the Citizens Advice Bureau, and is fully involved with the charitable programme of Fantastic Flavours Ice Cream Parlour, of which she is co-proprietor. She said "Miceal and I are always delighted to sponsor and support local Youth Sports Clubs, Arts Programmes and Community Activities including the RNLI and Red Cross and, further afield, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (USA) and Catholic Charities"
A very special lady, well deserving of the honours bestowed upon her by the United States Congress. Congratulations, Oksana, on your wonderful achievements in both your local community and in the United States.