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- Dutka, June
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June Dutka was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1943, the daughter of Michael Philip and Olga Andrusyshen Dutka. She has one brother, Michael Joseph Dutka. She attended St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic School, currently named Immaculate Heart of Mary School, and Sisler High School.
She received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba in 1964, and a Bachelor of Library Science from the University of British Columbia in 1966.
Dutka joined the University of Manitoba Libraries in July 1966 as a Librarian in the Reference Department, Elizabeth Dafoe Library. Shortly thereafter, she became Head of the Government Documents Collection and Bibliographer for the Departments of Political Studies and Economics, a position she held until 1995 when she was appointed as the first full-time Libraries Development Officer, a position she maintained until her early retirement in 1998.
Mid-career, Dutka held a national presence in the area of government documents. She contributed substantially to the study and growth of government publications and government information as an important source of data in Canada. She was the recipient of various awards, including the University of Manitoba President’s Award on University Outreach. In 2001, she was appointed Librarian Emeritus, the first librarian within the University of Manitoba Libraries to receive this title.
In addition to numerous journal articles, book reviews, and conference papers, Dutka authored two books. In the summer of 2000, her first book, titled “The Grace of Passing: Constantine H. Andrusyshen, the Odyssey of a Slavist,” was published (Edmonton: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press). In this biographical sketch of her well-known uncle, a Winnipeg-born linguist, literary scholar, translator, and head of the Slavic Department at the University of Saskatchewan from 1945-1975, she illustrated throughout the very high value that the pioneer generation placed on education.
She also researched and wrote “St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church: Celebrating 100 Years: Together for Tomorrow” (Winnipeg: St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 2006), a commemorative centennial history of her parish church, which was awarded second place at the Manitoba Historical Society Awards event in 2007. In addition, she wrote the biographical sketches about Marie Negrycz McIntyre, Eudoxia Shewchuk, and Anna Yonker for inclusion in “Extraordinary Ordinary Women – Manitoba Women in History” (Manitoba Clubs of the Canadian Federation of University Women, 2000).
Dutka belonged to a local book club for over ten years, is a long-time member of Alpha Omega Alumnae, Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, Canadian Library Association,the Manitoba Library Association, and the Manitoba Historical Society. She was appointed member of the Ukrainian Academy of Arts & Sciences (UVAN) in Canada, and was on the Board of the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre (Oseredok). She was Convenor of Armchair Travel at the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg and a board member of the St. Paul’s College Foundation. For a number of years, she sat on the Board of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Winnipeg and the Scholarship Committee of the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg.
Dutka has traveled extensively, exploring numerous parts of North and South America, Asia, Europe, and the Baltic countries.
She lives in Winnipeg.
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The fonds consists of records relating to Dutka’s career at the University of Manitoba Libraries, her publications, records relating to her community involvement, records she collected about community members (including obituaries of University of Manitoba staff and faculty and their families), records about Patty and Anton Kirk, cultural and community event brochures, and various outside publications.
The fonds also consists of photographs documenting the 2 Millionth Volume event at the University of Manitoba Libraries and the interior of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, taken by Ms. Dutka as part of her submission to CBC's "Seven Wonders of Canada" contest.
The fonds contains two oversize items: a calendar and a commemorative plaque.
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Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo on 30 March 2017.