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Kuryliw family
Family · 1910 -

Anna Zabolotna Kuryliw and Wasyl (Bill) Kuryliw were Ukrainian immigrants who settled in Sudbury, Ontario and became actively involved in Sudbury's Ukrainian community as well as in the community at large.

Wasyl Kuryliw was born in the village of Potochyshche, Ukraine, in 1910. He emigrated to Canada in 1928, working first in Saskatchewan as a contract farm labourer and later finding work in various places during the Depression, including Fort William. After joining Inco, he initially worked as a miner and then trained as a welder, remaining with the company until his retirement in 1975.

Anna Zabolotna was also born in Potochysche, in 1910. After receiving her elementary education in the village, she attended high school in Horodenka and completed several courses at the University in Lviv. Wasyl Kuryliw sponsored Anna's voyage to Canada in 1936 after several years of courtship by correspondence, and the couple was married immediately following her arrival. They lived first in Kirkland Lake, moving to Sudbury in 1938. Anna and Wasyl had three children: Ihor, Sonia and Oksana.

Known for his commitment to the Ukrainian community, Wasyl Kuryliw was a founder of the Ukrainian National Federation's Sudbury branch in 1930. Throughout his life, he remained a dedicated volunteer in the UNF - serving in various capacities, assisting in renovations and fundraising, and providing financial support. He also volunteered for "The New Pathway", a Ukrainian Canadian newspaper.

In the wider community, he encouraged many businesses to join the local Chamber of Commerce, volunteered at hospitals and supported other causes. He enjoyed teaching and playing the mandolin and other instruments. Kuryliw also played cello in the Sudbury Symphony and was an avid outdoorsman.

Anna Zabolotna Kuryliw was actively involved in the Ukrainian Women's Organization of Canada, serving as branch president, secretary and cultural co-ordinator. She also headed the National Executive's Organizational Committee.

In later years, they established the Wasyl and Anna Kuryliw Family Foundation at the University of Alberta. The purpose of the foundation is to fund scholarships for those studying Ukrainian ethnography.

The couple moved to Toronto in 1995; Anna Kuryliw died in 2001 and Wasyl Kuryliw in 2004.

Romankiw, Lubomyr
Person · born 1931

Lubomyr T. Romankiw was born in Zhovkva, Ukraine on April 17, 1931. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and his master's and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Romankiw joined IBM in 1962, where he remains today as an IBM Fellow and Researcher at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center.

He is recognized for his research with magnetic materials, reflective displays and copper plating. Romankiw is listed as the inventor or co-inventor on over 65 US patents, including magnetic thin-film storage heads (co-invented with David Thompson in the 1970s). He has also authored over 150 articles and edited numerous volumes of technical symposia.

Several organizations have recognized and awarded Romankiw's work such as the Electrochemical Society, Society of Chemical Industry, and the IEEE. In 1994 he received the IEEE Morris N. Liebmann Memorial Award, and in 2012, he was an inductee in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Honchar, Ivan
Person · 1911-1993

Ivan Honchar was a prominent Ukrainian activist, sculptor, artist. He was born on January 27 1911 in Lyp'ianka village of Kirovohrad region (today the village is part of the Cherkasy region). He studied art, drawing and sculpture the Kyiv Art and Industrial Professional School and graduated as a sculptor-decorator. While in school, he was renting a room from Maksym Korostash, a musicologist and folklorist. There he met Klymentii Kvitka and Olena Pchilka.

Honchar created numerous sculptures and monuments in many cities and villages across Ukraine. In 1960s-80s he created art albums with photographs and descriptions of folk costumes from different regions of Ukraine, architecture, folk art. Honchar did ethnographic fieldwork, and in 1970-1993 he created 18 volumes of historical-ethnographic albums "Ukraina i ukraintsi" [Ukraine and Ukrainians] based on photographs of the beginning of the 20th century and historical and ethnographic research.

He passed away June 18, 1993. In September of that year, a museum named after Ivan Honchar was created in Kyiv. His private collection of folk art became a foundation for the new museum. In 1999, the museum was renamed the Ukrainian Centre of Folk Culture "Ivan Honchar Museum". In 2009, it became a national museum.