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Gayowsky, Irene

Part 1: Nee - Waluk, was born in Ukraine, came to Canada in 1910 when she was almost 6 ; before that her sister Julia Waluk came to Canada in 1908; her sister Natasha (??) came in 1909; then her father Prokopiy Waluk and her mother Ahafiya Waluk, and sister Ann and herself came; they came to Brandon; Irene attended a Roman-Catholic day school, then went to Brandon Institute, became a teacher in the country; experience at the amature theatre; hard life of teachers; first plans for marriage did not materialize because of the religious differences, then she married in 1927 Gayowsky who was a teacher of Ukrainian; changing schools; in 1934 came to Winnipeg; WWI - her was considered an alien and had to report, problems with documents; religion and Ukrainianness; teaching Ukrainian at schools; Labor Temple in Brandon; Orthodox church; her husband got a position with the Institute of Prosvita in 1934; in 1940 they taught at the Ukrainian National Association school; Taras Verbyts’kyi (??) - a Head of choir; Zankovets’kyi (??); in 1916 a Ukrainian school started; children’s mandolin orchestra; students’ club; Women’s group in 1926; Kul’turno-osvitnii komitet.

Part 2: Doroshenko - the book editor; Tracz; Oleksa Pasichniak (??) was in charge of Ridna shkola; Dr. Dyma (??); Prof. Koshets’; CUC; did not teach Ukrainian History at the school; Irene’s husband went to Ukraine after Independence; Kosar; Vasylyshyn (??); Fond dopomohy; Dr. Dackiw; Kokhan (??) - executive director; rev. Sawchuk; DPs and their attitude towards Ukrainians in Canada; opposition to joining CUC; Kushnir; Savchuk; Hlynka.

Ukrainian Catholic Women's League (Edmonton) Goodwill Club

This file includes materials created for the Goodwill Club of the Ukrainian Catholic Women's Association (Edmonton). Materials consist primarily of membership lists and notes pertaining to the Social Committee's annual Bazaar and Tea event. There is also a 60th anniversary certificate, honouring founding member, Emilia Zarsky. Newspaper articles pertaining to the UCWL. Ephemera related to the 22nd eparchial convention in 1985.

Orest and Emilia Zarsky collection

  • CA BMUFA 0230
  • Collection
  • 1918-1996

The collection consists of personal documents of Orest and Emilia Zarsky, community event programs and other ephemera, publications on various Ukrainian and religious topics, badges and banners, an embroidered tray, and wedding clothes and items.

Zarsky, Orest and Emilia

Zarsky family

This series includes records and objects associated with the Zarsky family, particularly anniversaries and weddings. It consists of 3 apostolic blessings, an embroidered tray, and wedding artefacts, including the wedding dress, veil, gloves, vines, groom's tie, ring holder, and cake topper.


This file contains artefacts from Orest and Emilia Zarsky's wedding on October 14, 1939. It includes clothing items from the bride and groom, the ring holder, and the cake topper

Adresnyi lyst

This item is the "Adresnyi lyst" to Orest and Emelia Zarsky from the Ukrainian Sporting Sitch Association of Canada (Edmonton, Alberta), October 14th, 1939. A booklet like item with orange and blue ribbon on the front. Inside is a certificate and a letter.

Ukrainian Sporting Sitch Association of Canada

Community engagement

This series includes receipts from Tovarystvo Narodnoho Domu v Edmontoni and Novyny from 1918-1928; a postcard from the Canadian Ukrainian Publishing company to Alex Zarsky (1924); membership cards with the Ukrains'kyi Narodn'ii Dim, Edmonton for Oleksa and Kateryna Zarsky; correspondence from the Ukrains'kyi Narodn'ii Dim; a commemorative ribbon; "Adresnyi lyst" to Orest and Emelia Zarsky from the Ukrainian Sporting Sitch Association of Canada (Edmonton, Alberta), October 14th, 1939; Certificate to honoured member Mrs. Emilia Zarsky from the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League. This series also contains records from the Ukrainian Catholic Women's League (Edmonton)

Community photographs

This file contains 52 photographs. These photographs include several group photographs from the Ukrainian Catholic Woman's League and the Brotherhood of St. Nicholas of Canada. Some photographs were taken at community events, Remembrance Day ceremonies, and a funeral (Knights of Columbus). Many of the photographs feature Orest and Emilia Zarsky.

Conference recording part 5

Opening speaker: Several objectives: 1. Have academics and community interact. 2. To have interaction among ethnocultural groups. 3. To reduce intergroup tensions. 4. To see what educational resources there are to accomplish the first 3 goals. What is the ambitious goal? To ensure we and our children know about each other. To remember that Canada itself is part of the global village.

Dr. Lock: Recites a poem.

Presentation by Dr. Yamila Horna, Chair of the Department for Soviet and East European Studies: This is a great opportunity to share one’s heritage the one brings to this country. This is one of the few opportunities where people from academia can share contributions to the community.

Dr. Golitsyn: Some anecdotes about his family. Always gets asked where he’s from, for some reason someone interested in Eastern European studies must be from Europe. Has Canadian roots though. Feels as a North American Canadian and an European Canadian too. The government will at some point have to look at our roots, our heritage. The British and French like to call themselves the founders, but the Celts a while ago had a conference, and they also had a large role. Even the French component if very Celtic. What about the other Europeans? That which divides us is far less than that which binds us together. Have been asked to look at the roots of this organization and its destiny. The destiny is great, it brings people together in the area of learning. Our schools DO teach us about us. Our schools MUST teach us about us. The interest of the academics is bringing people together to make these kinds of things happen. There are many people who are not necessarily Slavic or Eastern European that will be interested in Slavic and Eastern European studies. By this time next year there will be a patent as a society, and some legal status, and that we will be electing a national and regional board. Those from each province will be asked to meet together as one group and recommend who will be their two representatives to the national board, who will serve in the interim as provincial chairman.

Some closing remarks about a cathedral made of rocks.

Conference recording part 4

Continuation of the speech made in tape c263-b: The community is served by the university in the same way as elementary schools but on a different level.

Mr. Birov: A foundation for Hungarian history would cost half a million. The government promised that if the foundation reached half of that ($250,000) the government would match the rest. Due to such a small Hungarian group, they had trouble reaching that. Is there anywhere else that could be approached to acquire the other quarter million? What do ethnic groups have to go through to get cooperation?
[The person with the recording equipment had to leave]

Conference recording part 3b

Continuation of presentation by Dr. Sukoversky: Continues story about community engagement with the public library. On the question of liaison groups: it’s up to the ethnic groups, they have their own organizations and should get in touch, it’s not the university’s job.

Mr. Kostash: The usefulness of the University Senate come in two areas: monitoring the academic things going on in the university and ensuring there’s no favoritism in programs. Private organizations have a responsibility to ensure that funds are being allocated intelligently and efficiently. Some things don’t require the demanding funds when they can be done at better times or in better ways.

Unknown speaker: Publications should be released with the contacts of liaisons that can be contacted between ethnic communities and publications.

Unknown speaker: The community should help the division to find ways to release the kinds of publications that the community desires.

Presentation by Mr. Kistner: Wasn’t prepared to present but is talking from the perspective of a foot soldier. He is Baltic German born in Tallinn Estonia. Talks about how maps often forget about the islands of Estonia. Baltic Germans is a very small group. It’s worthwhile for even very small groups to write their history and preserve their heritage. In doing work there’s lots of assistance needed, time, and footwork. Being a small group has its advantages, no need for sampling.

Open Session
Professor Rolland: University officials are just paid assistance, to help the community to spread unbiased facts about people from Eastern Europe. Funding, publishing, liaison, money, structure. What good is a building without anyone in it? Being asked many tasks, but we ask you where are the people we are supposed to be teaching? Where is the interest in the young people? A severe lack of numbers in the classroom.

Unknown speaker: Many high school trips go to the UK and France, but none go to Eastern Europe, there’s no interest in a country if they’ve never been to it.

Unknown speaker: Primary teachers don’t get enough information about Eastern Europe, very early interest cannot be built. There’s a marvelous library and studies that are unknown to the public, and inaccessible. If a pride cannot be instilled in Canadian Pluralism, then numbers will remain low, and ignorance will prevail.

This is a mutual affair, if the division is to serve the community, it must go above the head of the faculty of extension, the faculty of extension doesn’t cover all they community’s needs.

Unknown Speaker: A course was offered, in which every means at the university’s disposal was used, still only had 12 enrolled. Not enough to satisfy the university. UKR 320, only 1 student enrolled.

Mike Torman: One reason for low enrollment: very utilitarian society, if a course doesn’t offer something ‘useful’ it won’t be taken. Languages are very disciplined subjects, it takes a highly disciplined student to learn them.

Unknown speaker: Motivation is extremely important, advertising isn’t enough. The travel course it a really good thing. The generosity of the community, the province, made starting new programs easier, even when the province was much poorer. The community must do its share to promote the material basis of the division. If the division is to prosper, this is what we need. The end product is service to the community. [The recording cuts out]

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