Fonds MSS 390 - John Yuzyk fonds

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John Yuzyk fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 390

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  • 1913 - 2003 (Creation)
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    Yuzyk, John

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0.25 m of textual records and other material

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(1913-2003)

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John Yuzyk was born on April 19, 1913 in Rein, Saskatchewan. He grew up in a Ukrainian pioneer family. His father Dmytro Yuzyk came to Canada at the age of fifteen from Kopychyntsi, Husiatyn, Ukraine and settled on a farm in Kamsack, Saskatchewan. John studied music and received a degree from London College of Music in 1940. He recorded two albums (1960) and his songs were played on ethnic radio stations. In Regina, he worked for Saskatchewan Civil Service in the Assessment Branch.

During the Second World War, he served overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F.) as an aircraft mechanic. There, he joined other Canadian Ukrainian personnel and together they formed the Ukrainian Canadian Service Personnel’s Association. He was appointed a Pilot Officer of the R.C.A.F. in 1959. After his honorable discharge from the military, John Yuzyk dedicated his life to Ukrainian veterans organizations in Canada. He was a longtime member of the Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Branch #141, Royal Canadian Legion and also president of the Ukrainian Canadian Veteran Association of Canada (1971-1974).

In Winnipeg, he worked in real estate for 35 years and retired in 1986. John Yuzyk was an active member of many Ukrainian organizations and received many awards and recognitions from the Government of Manitoba and the Ukrainian community. He passed away in Winnipeg on October 21, 2003.

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The accession was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Mary Anne Yuzyk-Shore in 2012.

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The fonds consists of John Yuzyk's biographical information and Ukrainian Canadian Veterans' Association's minutes of meetings, financial statements and other material.

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  • Ukrainian

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Michael Ewanchuk fonds (Mss 75, )

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Inventory and finding aid prepared by V. Zvonik (2013)

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