|Nation Builders and Community Recognition Awards
Recipients for 2008
UCC-SPC Nation Builders & Community Recognition Awards
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2008 awards recipients and dignitaries. Seated with His Honour
the Honourable Dr. Gordon Barnhart (second from left): The Honourable
E. D. Bayda, B. Kishchuk and W. Warnyca. Standing with the Deputy
Premier and Education Minister Honourable Ken Krawetz: A. Derow,
H. Kardynal, S. Horbay, L. Klopoushak, M. Trischuk, O. Nikiforuk
and Leontina Yavorsky (for husband P. Yavorsky).
Compiled by Tony Harras, Angeline Chrusch,
Paul Ortynsky, Alex Balych
The Honourable Edward Dmytro Bayda
b. September 9, 1931 (Alvena, SK)
Edward Dmytro Bayda is the son of Dmytro Andrew and Mary (Bilinski).
Following elementary school, he attended City Park Collegiate
in Saskatoon. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the
University of Saskatchewan in 1951 and two years later received
his Bachelor of Laws Degree. He was admitted to the Bar in
Edward Bayda spent the next two decades practising civil and
criminal law. Having graduated cum laude, it was his choice
where to article. Fortunately, he chose to stay in Saskatchewan
and began his distinguished career with MacPherson Leslie
and Tyerman in Regina. As a young lawyer, he chose to move
to Yorkton to work in a small law firm that offered him a
wide variety of legal experience, from drafting wills to litigating
criminal charges. After two years, Edward returned to Regina
to work with Fredrick Johnson. The two personalities matched
perfectly with a mixture of competiveness and communal ethos.
He served the legal profession as President of the Regina
Bar Association, and Chair of the civil justice section of
the provincial branch of the Canadian Bar Association and
as a bencher of the Law Society. He was appointed a Queen’s
Counsel in 1966, to the Court of Queen’s Bench in 1972, and
to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in 1974. In 1981 Edward
became the 7th Chief Justice of Saskatchewan. Edward was the
youngest person ever to be appointed, the first Saskatchewan-born
Chief Justice, and the first of Ukrainian descent to become
the Chief Justice.
Chief Justice Bayda’s name is synonymous with significant
judicial issues that faced Saskatchewan. Under his leadership,
Saskatchewan developed one of the most respected Courts of
Appeal in the nation. He made his mark early as Chief Justice
in one of the most momentous cases to come before Canadian
Courts -- determining through the interpretation and application
of the Charter of Rights the extent to which the State might
lawfully infringe on individual freedoms.
In recognition of his accomplishments, both the University
of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina bestowed upon
him honorary doctorates of Law. He is the recipient of many
awards including the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2008.
After serving 25 years as Chief Justice of Saskatchewan, the
Honourable Edward Bayda returned to the private practice of
Judge Bayda and wife Theresa Yvonne had six children.
Boris William Kishchuk
b. June 11, 1933 (Buchanan district, SK)
Boris is an engineering and management consultant plus a
visionary community activist. He has been an inspirational
and innovative leader and role model in his professional and
community activities for more than 50 years.
In 1956, he began his career as a Design Engineer at Canadair
Ltd. in Montreal. In 1957 he moved to Ottawa and began a career
in consulting which he continues today in the firm of Engineering
Management Services Croscan Limited.
His community service began in organizations such as the Junior
Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International where he served
in executive positions.
Education has been Boris’ continuing interest. Boris served
as a Trustee of the Saskatoon Board of Education. He was Chair
of the Saskatoon Council for Continuing Education. He served
as Chair, Saskatoon Region Community College Advisory Council.
Boris was an Adjunct Professor in the International Business
Studies Program in the College of Commerce, University of
Saskatchewan for over ten years. For nine of those years,
he accompanied and mentored six Masters of Business Administration
international business students per year in Ukraine. The students
were sponsored by Saskatchewan business firms who were interested
in making contacts with similar firms in Ukraine.
A lasting legacy of Boris’ is the Canada-Ukraine Centre Inc.,
created in 2000. The mandate of the Centre is to establish
contacts with Ukraine in the areas of business and technology.
As President of the Centre, he has promoted business, technical
and educational opportunities for citizens of Canada and Ukraine.
Fifteen agencies from government, academia, research, trade
and economic development currently support the work of the
Canada-Ukraine Centre, Inc.
Saskatchewan health care has benefited from Boris’ skills
and expertise. During the 1980s and 1990s, he served as Chair,
Saskatoon District Advisory Committee on Long Term Care. This
work has served as the basis for the present structure of
the Saskatoon Health Region and other health regions in the
province. He also provided engineering expertise to many health
care facilities in the province.
Boris was a founding member of the All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox
Church in Saskatoon. He served as Parish President for five
years. He facilitated growth and harmony among parish members
and established viable youth programming.
Boris is the son of John and Anastasia (Gabora) Kishchuk.
He married Marie Maduke in 1956. They have raised five children:
Natalie, Daniel, Barbara, Thomas and Paul.
Pavlo Romanovich Yavorsky
b. December 25, 1914 (Swan Plain, SK)
d. December 13, 1998 (Montreal, QC)
Pavlo Romanovich Yavorsky’s lasting legacy may be summed
up as his unflagging commitment to building the Ukrainian
spirit across Canada. Pavlo was the sixth of twelve children
in the Yavorsky family, leaving home as a teenager to complete
his education and to develop his creative talents primarily
in the multi-faceted Ukrainian culture.
At the tender age of seventeen, Pavlo started work as an organizer
for the Ukrainian Canadian Youth Association (CYMK), organizing
the first CYMK branch in Norquay, Saskatchewan in 1932. By
the end of 1937, under Pavlo’s leadership, fifty-three branches
of CYMK were organized from British Columbia to Quebec, with
the clear aim to safeguard Ukrainian language, culture, traditions
and the faith of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, plus fostering
a vision of self-reliance, initiative and self-respect. This
was no small feat considering that the organizers had no steady
source of income during the difficult times of the Great Depression.
He was an enthusiastic organizer of youth conferences and
served as a role model for countless young Ukrainians striving
to develop careers in the business and professional world
In 1937, after seeing the film, ‘Natalka Poltavka’ Pavlo Yavorsky
began to work with Vasile Avramenko in his film production,
‘Cossacks in Exile’. His position expanded to include media
liaison, public relations, dance instructor, script writer
and performer in multiple roles. During the 1930s, Pavlo also
served as a dance instructor with Vasile Avramenko and toured
with him across Canada. In 1943, Pavlo served as a film consultant
for the National Film Board’s production of ‘Ukrainian Dance’.
He served in the Canadian Army during the Second World War,
following which he worked for Canadian Customs until his retirement.
Throughout the decades until his death in 1998, Pavlo Yavorsky
was a regular correspondent in Ukrainian publications on varied
subjects including multiculturalism, politics, current events,
arts and literature plus other topics of historical significance.
During his lifetime, Pavlo served as Secretary and then
President, Ukrainian Self-Reliance League (CYC), Eastern Executive;
Member, Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada;
and, President, Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association, Montreal
Branch. His life is documented in the book, Show Them
What You Can Do.
In recognition of his distinguished service and accomplishments,
we are most pleased to posthumously recognize and honour Pavlo
Romanovich Yavorsky as a Nation Builder.
Alice (Oucharek) Derow
b. March 17, 1935 (Rhein/Dnieper, SK)
Volunteerism and Cultural Preservation & Development
Alice is the daughter of Peter and Pauline (Filipchuk) Oucharek.
She received her elementary schooling in a one-room school
at Vionne, high school at Calder High School, and business
college and the Yorkton Collegiate Institute.
In 1959 Alice married Clarence Derow. They both began working
in Melville and later in Winnipeg. The couple moved to Canora
Alice became an active member at Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian
Catholic Church. Her dedication to the various parish projects
netted her the ‘Dedicated Participant’s Trophy’ for the dramatization
of the ‘Mystery of the Passion of Christ’ in 2005.
Alice joined the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada
(UCWLC) in 1962 and has held executive positions of President
and Treasurer. She was nationally recognized for her time
spent with historical and cultural Archives and Publicity
for the UCWLC.
In 1971 Alice joined the church choir and is still singing.
She is also responsible for recruiting epistle readers and
offeratory officers. She became an Eparchial Executive member
in 1989 and continued to serve in various Eparchial positions,
culminating with being chosen as Eparchial President and Commissioner
for the years 2003-2005. In 2004, she was instrumental in
organizing the National 60th Anniversary of UCWLC in Canora.
Since 1971 Alice has dedicated time to the work of the Ukrainian
Canadian Congress – Canora Branch. She has participated in
and supported the Ukrainian Arts Festival, the Ukrainian Community
Choir and all Malanka programs. After the disaster in Chornobyl,
Alice was instrumental in organizing a UCWLC aid blitz for
the victims in Ukraine. In 1992 Canora was chosen to host
the 100th Anniversary of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada.
Alice involved herself by serving on many committees to facilitate
Alice has been significantly involved in the preservation
of the Ukrainian culture, arts and the language. Specifically
she has participated in the formation of the Canora Veselka
Dance School and Ridna Shkola. As a member of Canora Tourism,
she has been instrumental in organizing bus tours to the Dauphin
Ukrainian National Festival, Vesna Festival, Konkurs competitions,
province-wide pilgrimages as well as tours to Ukraine.
Alice joined the Beta Sigma Phi sorority in 1962 and has been
bestowed Life Member status.
Alice and Clarence are blessed with seven children and were
actively involved in all organizations in which their children
b. July 27, 1930 (Muchawaka, Ukraine)
Volunteerism and Cultural Preservation & Development
Harry Kardynal was born in Muchawaka, Ukraine to Filip and
Teklia Kardynal. In 1939 the Kardynal family emigrated to
Canada, settling in the Amsterdam district, north of Canora.
Later the family moved to a farm north of Saltcoats. Harry
attended numerous rural schools, completing high school in
Saltcoats. Following completion of Teachers College in Moose
Jaw, Harry began a lengthy career as a teacher while at the
same time completing his studies for his Education degree.
Even though Harry spent more than half of his teaching career
as the school principal, he never left the classroom environment
and in virtually every school he taught Ukrainian, initially
after-hours and later as part of the formal curriculum. He
passionately believed that one’s ethnicity was integrally
entwined with language, which he promoted throughout his entire
life, even in his second retirement in Yorkton.
Harry was appreciative and grateful for the opportunities
provided by his new homeland; in response he started contributing
back to society at a very early age. During the war years,
as a young student, Harry would ride his bicycle or his horse
to collect for the Canadian Red Cross.
In virtually every school community Harry’s leadership abilities
were acknowledged; he was elected secretary, treasurer or
president of the teachers’ associations. The community sought
his talents in a vast variety of roles: Boy Scout Leader,
President of Saltcoats Agricultural Society, the Snow Plow
Club, and the Multicultural Council of Yorkton to name but
Harry was committed to his church, serving St. Mary’s Ukrainian
Catholic Church on the Board, in the choir, as a Director
of the Cultural Centre, President of the Ukrainian Catholic
Brotherhood and secretary of the Knights of Columbus.
Harry served the larger Ukrainian community as the President
of the Ukrainian Professional and Business Association and
the Ukrainian Canadian Congress – Yorkton Branch.
Harry chose to spend over 36 years on a farm where his entire
family was involved in growing crops, raising animals from
cattle and horses to geese and turkeys. The Agricultural Society
presented his family with a plaque for his unique yard.
More recently Harry exhibited his athletic abilities by participating
in Senior Games at the local, provincial, national and Masters
and in the process earned 24 medals.
Harry is married to Evelyn (Hydeman); they are blessed with
three sons, two daughters and eleven grandchildren.
Lawrence Brian Klopoushak
b. September 23, 1951 (Saskatoon, SK)
Leadership in Cultural Preservation & Development
Music is in Larry’s soul. For 40 years, his dedication and
commitment to Ukrainian choral music has inspired thousands.
Through his tireless leadership and mentoring he has shared
his vision, wisdom and his love of music with audiences throughout
Saskatchewan, Canada and abroad.
The Lastiwka Ukrainian Orthodox Youth Choir and Orchestra
have been under his tutelage for 25 years. Lastiwka excites
audiences with colourful choreography, and energetic sound.
Their repertoire includes sacred and folk music: from the
Kozak era to interpretations of Taras Shevchenko’s poetry;
from the piety of the Divine Liturgy to the majesty of Bortniansky’s
sacred concert; from the melodies of the past to contemporary
sounds. A 1967 performance by the Veryovka Ukrainian State
Folk Ensemble at Expo ’67 in Montreal was a catalyst for Larry’s
performing and conducting Ukrainian music. In turn, Larry
has inspired others with his musical talents and leadership.
Currently, Larry is a high school music and drama teacher
at Walter Murray Collegiate in Saskatoon. He has directed
the choir at the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
in Saskatoon for 37 years.
He began his musical training with the study of piano and
accordion. He also participated in CYMK folk singers, the
Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir, Pavlychenko Dancers, as well
as high school musicals and jazz band. These activities formed
the foundation for his love of music, especially Ukrainian.
A vibrant bass-baritone, Larry has studied voice with Dorothy
Howard, Greta Clark and Maureen Forrester. He completed his
Bachelor of Education at the University of Regina in 1978
and his Bachelor of Music at the University of Saskatchewan
in 1989. He has performed major roles with the Regina and
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras in Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and Handel’s
‘Messiah’. He has also performed with the University of Saskatchewan
Greystone Singers, Saskatoon Chamber Singers, Saskatoon Opera
Association, Saskatoon Summer Players, Saskatoon Men’s Chorus,
Sask Sings Chamber Choir and the Grace Westminster Dinner
He has had workshops or master classes with Anatolij Avdievsky
(director of the Veryovka Ensemble of Kyiv), Andrij Kushnirenko
(director of the Bukovynian Ensemble in Chernivtsi), the Lviv
Chamber Choir and Holos (Chernivtsi). He has also worked with
conducting greats such as John Aldis, Elmer Eisler, Jon Washburn
and James Fankhauser.
Larry’s parents are Stanley and Anne (Hankewich) Klopoushak.
Larry is married to Alicia (Syrnick). They have two children,
Carrisa and Mark.
Olga (Kalyn) Nikiforuk
b. January 27, 1927 (Hafford, SK)
Leadership in Cultural Preservation & Development
Olga is the daughter of Fred and Anna (Ikaliuk) Kalyn and
was raised on the family farm in the Hafford district. After
completing her high school and post secondary education, she
came to the Dominion district near Richard as a young teacher
in 1947. This small community would soon realize her energy,
enthusiasm and desire to preserve and nurture its Ukrainian
Olga met her husband Roman in this community and stayed to
teach, mentor and share her many gifts and talents. She channelled
her musical abilities by leading, directing and coordinating
many concerts. Olga was always involved with the youth and
under her leadership emerged the formation of the Whitkow-Redfield
CYMK. This group of young people were given the opportunity,
under her direction, to enhance their knowledge of their Ukrainian
heritage. Involving the youth in learning the art of dance,
writing of pysanky, making the traditional breads, learning
folksongs, and reading the prose and poetry of Ukrainian authors
will forever remain in the hearts and minds of the young people
Olga has been an active member and choir director of St. Vladimir
Ukrainian Orthodox Church since 1949. Recordings were made
of the choir, special performances were arranged in the communities
of the Parish District and all the music was written by hand
for all the voices (since this was before the advent of photocopiers!).
Over the years she coordinated many Mother’s Day, Taras Shevchenko
and St. Nicholas concerts. Given her gift and talent of music,
she accepted the choir director’s position when the Millennium
Choir was formed in the North Battleford Parish District.
This choir performed for Metropolitan Wasyly during the millennium
celebrations in 1988 to commemorate the 1000 years of Christianity
Olga has maintained her membership in the Ukrainian Women’s
Association of Canada for 58 years. During this time she has
held most executive positions and also served on the Provincial
UWAC executive. In 2000, she was honoured by the National
UWAC with a Certificate of Recognition for 50 years of dedicated
membership and service.
The community in which she lives has benefited from her role
as a volunteer, canvassing for charitable organizations, or
being an advisory parent in the school her children attended.
Olga and Roman have three children, Myron, Pat and Wesley.
They are also blessed with four great-grandchildren.
MaryAnn (Ortynsky) Trischuk
b. March 5, 1954 (Canora, SK)
Leadership in Cultural Preservation & Development
MaryAnn was born in Canora to Paul and Doreen (Gregory) Ortynsky.
She grew up in a community-minded family with sisters Dianne,
Lesia and Audrey. She graduated from the Canora Composite
High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy
from the University of Saskatchewan. She has practised pharmacy
in Yorkton for 28 years.
As President, for fifteen years, of the Troyanda Ukrainian
Dance Ensemble, sponsored by the Olena Pchilka Ukrainian Women’s
Association, she worked with committed individuals to create
a vibrant and respected Ukrainian dance club. The executive
has always challenged the dancers by teaching choreography
from the many regions of Ukraine, thereby increasing the dancers’
appreciation of the diversity and richness of Ukrainian culture.
Instilling in the dancers a sense of community has always
been important and she has encouraged them to give back to
the community through performances, charitable appearances
or simply by exhibiting their pride in being Ukrainians.
Taking on leadership roles has enabled MaryAnn to promote
Ukrainian culture by incorporating Ukrainian traditions in
ceremonies held within the community. Two of her favourite
projects were a Ukrainian Fashion Pageant on the history of
Ukrainians in the Yorkton area (working with the Holy Transfiguration
Ukrainian Orthodox Parish and priest) and producing a TV documentary
on Ukrainian Christmas customs. MaryAnn has worked with Troyanda
parents in hosting ‘Obzhynky’ annually in Yorkton and has
had Troyanda perform at events such as the Western Premier’s
Conference, Governor General Ramon Hnatyshyn Event, National
Leadership Student Conference, Dance and the Child International
(The Hague) and Dance Saskatchewan’s annual Dare to Dance.
MaryAnn’s other involvements include the Provincial UWAC,
the Saskatchewan Pharmacy Museum Society, University of Saskatchewan
Senate for two terms, past president of the Canadian Federation
of University Women, opening and closing ceremonies for the
Summer Games held in Yorkton, organizing member with the Saskatchewan
Centennial 2005 Celebrations and Yorkton 125 Sub commission.
As one of the original members of the Sunrise Health Foundation
Gala she is working on its thirteenth fundraising Gala for
the Region’s health facilities. MaryAnn’s involvement in the
community also includes Yorkton Music Festival and the Yorkton
MaryAnn and her family are avid supporters of the Ukrainian
Museum of Canada, Mohyla Institute and the Ukrainian Canadian
MaryAnn is married to Dr. Bernie and together they have raised
4 children, Greg, Devan, Taisa and Lucia.
William (Bill) Warnyca
b. August 28, 1914 (Garland, MB)
Creativity & Innovation
William (Bill) Warnyca was born to Gregory and Agnes (Melnyk)
Warnyca. In 1928 Bill’s family emigrated to the farming community
of Candiac in Saskatchewan. Bill took over the family farm
in 1954. He understood the challenges of farming sufficiently
to believe and practise diversification as being the key to
survival and thus began the development of his purebred cattle
operation. In order to better care for cattle, Bill became
a self-taught veterinarian, not only for his own herd, but
as well for those of his fellow cattlemen.
Bill worked diligently to develop the cattle industry in Canada.
He assisted the local 4-H Beef Club to ensure that the youth
in the community understood cattle farming, he served as President
of the Moosomin Hereford Breeders Association, was a Board
member of the Saskatchewan Cattle Breeders Bull Test Station
near Regina, and was a long-time member of Whitewood and Arcola
Herford Breeders Association.
Bill was well known in the international cattle industry,
particularly through the Canadian Western Agribition, as an
exhibitor for over 30 years and the Regina Bull Sale as an
exhibitor for 35 years. Annually, for more than a quarter
century, his W-T-K Herefords Corporation held sales first
at the Regina Exhibition Grounds, and then at his farm which
became known as the place to purchase quality cattle with
genetic excellence. Of the many prestigious awards he received,
two are particularly noteworthy: the Canadian Hereford Association
Honour Roll (1989), and the Canadian Herford Association 50
Year Pin (2007).
While Bill embraced his new life in Canada, he never forgot
his roots. He maintained his heritage through language and
cultural activities both in his home and community. As a young
man he served as President of the Ukrainian Orthodox Youth
Club and later took on the role of President of St. Michael’s
Ukrainian Orthodox Church near Candiac, a position he held
for 13 years. Bill dedicated his life to not only developing
excellence in the cattle industry, but also making life better
for his family and community. He served as a Councillor for
the Rural Municipality of Montmartre for almost a decade and
as a Deputy Reeve. Bill was also a Board member of the local
The same year Bill started farming, he married Michaelene
Zrymiak and the couple are blessed with two children, Thomas
Stacia Vesalia Horbay
b. April 14, 1986 (Saskatoon, SK)
Stacia is the youngest daughter of Diane (Boyko) and John
Horbay and was raised in Saskatoon. She completed her elementary
education at St. Goretti’s bilingual elementary school in
2000 and her high school at E. D. Feehan in 2004. Having completed
her Arts degree in Native Studies, she is now enrolled in
the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan.
An active member of St. George’s Cathedral in Saskatoon, Stacia
involves herself as a teacher of catechism and the first communion
program. She is a member of the choir, a reader and participates
in all parish events. Her devoted interest in the youth of
the parish has had Stacia spending many hours as a councillor
at the youth and cultural camps at St. Volodymyr Park. Representing
her church, she was overjoyed to attend the World Youth Day
in Toronto for Ukrainian Catholic Youth.
To help ensure that the Ukrainian culture is kept strong,
Stacia shares her talents of song, language, customs and traditions
with those around her. Since 2002 she has co-hosted a weekly
Ukrainian hour-long radio program. She belongs to a female
quartet ‘Tsyhanochky’, plays a number of musical instruments
and coordinates the Malanka skits for the parish New Year
celebrations. Another part of her commitment to her heritage
is to bring the joy of Christmas carols to shut-ins and members
of her community.
Stacia is an active member of the board for Musée Ukraina
Museum. She assists in fundraising and the development and
delivery of various programs.
As a member of the broader community, Stacia contributes her
time and talents to St. Joseph’s Nursing Home, volunteers
at the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op and assists children
in the ESL program. She volunteers in many other capacities
such as canvassing for the Food Bank and a classroom volunteer.
Stacia is a confident and caring young lady who offers her
time and abilities to support and build her community. She
is an outstanding role model because of her willingness to
welcome, lead and support. Her church community benefits from
her gentle spirit and cooperation. The cultural community
benefits from her strong sense of her Ukrainian heritage and
the broader community benefits from her eagerness to help
where help is needed.
It is an honour to recognize Stacia Horbay with the Community
Recognition Award for Youth Achievement for 2008.