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Lazarowich, Peter John
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Peter John Lazarowich, Ukrainian Canadian lawyer and community leader was born in a village of Bereziv, Kolomyia povit (later Pechenizynskyi povit, Germ. Bezirk Peczeniżyn, Pol. Powiat Peczeniżyński), Eastern Halychyna, Austro-Hungary, on December 28, 1900. He came to Canada with his parents, siblings and other relatives in 1903.
He was raised on a farm in the Province of Saskatchewan, fifty miles south of Prince Albert. He completed his Public School education in his own community and then proceeded to Saskatoon where he completed High School and Teachers College. He taught school for several years in various parts of Saskatchewan, and then entered the University of Saskatchewan, Faculty of Arts, and graduated with a B.A. degree in 1927. That same year he married Miss Thelma Radyk, also a school teacher, and shortly afterward they moved to Edmonton, where they resided for the rest of their lives.
In 1931, Lazarowich graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree of L.L.C. and was admitted to the Bar of Alberta on October 15th, 1932. On the same day he left for Europe to take a postgraduate course in Slavonic History and Literature at the Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He remained there throughout the winter of 1932 and spring 1933 attending both the Charles University and Free Ukrainian University located there. After completing his courses, he travelled widely in Central Europe (Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Romania and Germany). During this trip he visited Halychyna. Afterwards, he also took a trip to England and Scotland and while there read a paper before the Royal Institute of International Affairs on conditions in Ukraine. Upon returning to Canada in the fall of 1933, he commenced the practice of law and has been practicing law until his retirement.
He was named Queen’s Council in 1948. He was the President of the Edmonton Bar Association and member of the executive of the Edmonton Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was active in the Liberal Party for many years and was a member of the executive of the Edmonton Liberal Association in various capacities. He was one of the Liberal candidates in the City of Edmonton in two Provincial elections.
In addition to those activities, he took an active part in the community life of Edmonton. He was a Chairman of the Edmonton Public Library Board, a President of the Scona Home and School Association, and during the years 1951-1952, he was a President of the Men’s Canadian Club of Edmonton.
In his Ukrainian-Canadian community, he was an influential individual in the Ukrainian Self-Reliance League / Союз Українців Самостійників (USRL/CYC) family organization, and one of the founders of USRL/CYC in 1927. From 1936 to 1940 Peter Lazarowich was the President of USRL/CYC National Executive. In 1958-1963 he was the National President of USRA/TYC (Товариство Українців Самостійників) and SUND (Союз Українських Народних Домів). He was a President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress - Edmonton (UCC), a member of the Order of St. Andrew and St. John’s Institute and a founding member of the Ukrainian Professional Businessmen’s Club of Edmonton.
In his church community he was a member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John in Edmonton, legal representative for his cathedral and a member of the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church (UGOC) of Canada Consistory Board from 1954 to 1970, choir conductor and a cathedral delegate at all the Ordinary and Extra-Ordinary Sobors of the UGOC of Canada.
As a result of his contributions to the Ukrainian community he received the following recognitions:
• Honorary member of St. John’s Cathedral
• Shevchenko medal from UCC National
• Honorary Certificate from the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church of Canada
• Honorary Certificate from the Ukrainian Self-Reliance League of Canada
• Honorary member of the Ukrainian Professional Businessmen’s Club of Edmonton.
Peter John Lazarowich passed away in Edmonton on May 15, 1983.
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- Materials from Lazarowich collection (series 1, UF2020.020.031)
- Emil Yereniuk. Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association of Canada (USRA) 1938-2013, Edmonton: Published by the Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association of Canada National Executive, 2014.