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Theodore Humeniuk Q.C. (1891 - 1978)

Our founding president.Theodore was born in 1891 in the village of Potochyshche in western Ukraine. At the age of 16 he arrived in Thunder Bay, Canada with the help of his older brother John who arrived earlier. Like many of the immigrants of the era he worked long hard hours for low wages, but he persevered and flourished. He began educating himself and in 1915 he completed grade 8 when he was 24 years of age. Theodore went on to complete high school and eventually attended Osgoode Hall Law School graduating in 1923 becoming the first lawyer of Ukrainian heritage in eastern Canada.

Theodore went on to build a busy and thriving law practise, but he always found time to contribute to and provide leadership in the Canadian-Ukrainian community which he was passionate about. Some of his achievements were: chairman of St. Vladimir Cathedral, president of Ukrainian Self-Reliance Leauge of Canada, president of Ukrainain-Canadian Congress - Toronto branch, recipient Shevechenko medal, and contributor for many years to the Ukrainian Voice weekly newspaper. Theodore Humeniuk was also the founding president of SUS Foundation of Canada. He was the the first to contribute $50,000 to begin the foundation, and his estate later contributed an additional $85,689.91 totalling $135,689.91.

Theodore Humeniuk was truely a distinguished Canadian citizen and member of SUS Foundation of Canada to remember.

Dr. Morris John Lazarowich

The youngest of five brothers and three sisters Morris was born in a rural farmhouse in 1920 to pioneering homesteaders; he survived the harsh conditions of the era in rural Canada. His mother passed away when Morris was only three, and his father short years later when he was only eleven.  Morris was then raised by his brothers and sisters.  He finished high school, began working as a bookkeeper, eventually moved to Hamilton Ontario where he worked as a salesman, met his wife and in 1943 enlisted in the R.C.A.F. - serving as a flight instructor. At the war’s end he enrolled in the University of Toronto, graduating from dentistry in 1950.

Throughout his life Morris was involved in the Canadian-Ukrainian community; he was very proud of his heritage. Some of his contributions to the Canadian-Ukrainian community include: membership in the Canadian-Ukrainian legion, President of Eastern Self Reliance League (CYC), founding member and the first president of St. Vladimir’s Cathedral Hamilton, member of the Ukrainian Professional Business Club, president of St. Vladimir Institute, founding member and the first president the Order of St. Andrew Hamilton, and of course president of SUS Foundation - serving 7 terms from 1979 to 1992 inclusive.

Dr. Morris Lazarowich, was an exemplary Canadian citizen and member of SUS Foundation of Canada to remember.

William Kereliuk (1917 - 2008)

Known as one of the Ukrainian Canadian community’s “rainmakers”, Vasyl “Bill” Kereliuk was born in Isinger, Saskatchewan to a pioneer family, the oldest of eight children. As many young people of this era Bill worked the farm with his family till he graduated high school, then in 1940 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). A year later in 1941 he was called up and he began his aircrew training at a number of bases throughout Canada in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec. Completing his training, Bill navigated a bomber to Scotland, the Middle East and North Africa for the RCAF. Soon he was assigned to the Torpedo Bomber Squadron based in Malta and Italy hunting German U-Boats in the Adriatic and Aegean Seas. Bill also volunteered for a second operational tour where he was assigned various operational and liaison duties. Eventually he returned to Canada; he married Adele Koropatnicki in Shiho, MB (1946), held progressively higher administrative and instructional appointments, and for 12 years he was director of Foreign Languages, training diplomats for their respective assignments. Bill retired from active duty in 1963. On retirement Bill lived and worked in Ottawa until 1969, he was active in in the hospitality business and the Ukrainian Orthodox Community.

In 1969 Bill Kereliuk subsequently moved to Toronto where he was asked to serve as the administrator of the St. Vladimir Institute's newly opened student residence. Over the years, Bill developed a passion for volunteer and community work; he became very active in the Ukrainian Canadian Community and held directorships and positions in many organizations. Although too numerous to list some highlights were: vice president for fifteen years of World Congress of Free Ukrainians (WCFU), and also secretary 1971 – 1974, treasurer 1975 – 1992 and president 1993 – 2000 of SUS Foundation of Canada.

Bill Kereliuk was truly an inspiring and passionate Ukrainian Canadian to remember.

Andy Skrypniak

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Stephania Spytkowsky

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