On Thursday, June 2, during a ceremonial session of the Gdańsk City Council held in Artus Court, St Adalbert's Medals and Prince Mściwój's Medals were awarded. Two scientists from the University of Gdańsk were among this year's laureates: prof. dr hab. Krystyna Bieńkowska-Szewczyk and dr Anna Strzałkowska. In total, six people and one organisation acting for the benefit of our city received decorations.
The medals of S. Adalbertus and Mestwin II, Duke of Pomerania were established by the Gdańsk City Council in 1996. Both are honorary distinctions awarded to Polish and foreign citizens, institutions and organisations for their outstanding contributions to the city. To date, 79 recipients have been awarded the St Adalbert Medal, and 134 the Mestwin II Medal.
In 2022, the nine-person Committee chaired by Agnieszka Owczarczak - President of the Gdańsk City Council - awarded three St Adalbert Medals:
- dr hab. Krystyna Bieńkowska-Szewczyk (University of Gdańsk)
St Adalbert Medal for her impact on the development of science in the national international dimension, on the development of health care, higher education and economy, for her influence on cooperation and integration of the academic community, involvement in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
- Magdalena Renk-Grabowska
St. Adalbert Medal for her merits in the field of culture, i.a. by organizing artistic events which make Gdańsk famous, as well as by reactivating the Jazz Jantar Festival and raising its national rank.
- Watermelon Association
St. Adalbert Medal: for social and artistic projects which help to initiate creative activity, support the ideas of multicultural education, dignified treatment, protection of human rights and civil liberties, as well as social and civic activation of foreigners.
FOUR MEDALS OF THE DUKE MESTWIN II WERE AWARDED TO
- dr Anna Strzałkowska (University of Gdańsk)
Mestwin II Medal for building awareness and disseminating knowledge in the field of municipal policy-making, particularly in the field of human rights and equal treatment.
- Andrzej Szydłowski
Mestwin II Medal for promoting Gdańsk in Poland and abroad by organising initiatives such as 'The Bread Holiday in Gdańsk' or 'World Bread Day', as well as for charitable activities and supporting youth sports teams.
- Janusz Czerwiński
Mestwin II Medal for outstanding scientific, coaching and organisational achievements in sport, both in Poland and internationally.
- inż. arch. Aleksander Ślusarz
Mestwin II Medal for his services to Gdańsk and Polish historical heritage, including saving Guardhouse No. 1 at Westerplatte from destruction by developing an innovative technique of moving the structure.
The profiles of the Laureates and the composition of the Committee can be found here