Fonds A1997-000 - John Yuzyk Fonds

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John Yuzyk Fonds

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CA UCECA A1997-000

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32.5 linear cm of materials
73 Programmes
70 Cards (Membership, Post, etc.)
67 Miscellaneous Papers
52 News Letters
40 Booklets
35 Correspondence
29 Newspaper Clippings
8 Buttons
8 Ribbons
8 Photographs
2 Books
1 Magazine
1 Calendar (partial)
1 Government Document

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(1913-2003)

Biographical history

John Yuzyk was born 19 April 1913 to Ukrainian immigrants Dmytro and Evdokia Yuzyk in Rhein, Saskatchewan. He earned his Associate (ALCM) and Licentiate (LLCM) diplomas from the London College of Music, passing his final examinations in 1940, and became a well-known member of the local Ukrainian music scene. He would record two albums of Ukrainian folk music in the 1960s and was known as the “Ukrainian Mitch Miller”. Initially Yuzyk worked in the Saskatchewan Civil Service in the Department of Municipal Affairs before enlisting with the Royal Canadian Air Force and serving overseas (1942-1945). During that time, he aided in the formation of the Ukrainian Canadian Servicemen’s Association in London. He entered the service as an AC2 (aircraftman 2nd class) and left in 1945 as an LAC (leading aircraftman).

Yuzyk was regularly active in the affairs of Ukrainian veterans and the wider Ukrainian community holding a variety of positions such as president of the Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Association of Canada from 1971 to 1974, executive and long-time member of the Ukrainian Canadian Veterans Branch #141 of the Royal Canadian Legion, and member of the National Executive of the Ukrainian Canadian Committee. Shortly after the Second World War, he represented the Veterans’ Association at a meeting of Ukrainian-Canadian delegates with Prime Minister Mackenzie King and Walter Tucker, M.P. The delegates requested the Immigration Act be modified to allow relatives of Ukrainian Canadians living in European refugee camps to come and live in Canada.

Yuzyk worked in real estate for 35 years and was a long-time member of the Winnipeg and Manitoba Real Estate Associations. He was also a member of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation and served as campaign manager for Steve Juba who would be elected 37th Mayor of Winnipeg. In recognition of his community service, he received the Manitoba Centennial Medal (1970) and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). John Yuzyk passed away on 21 October 2003 and is commemorated by John Yuzyk Park in Winnipeg.

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This accession was donated in 1997 by John Yuzyk.

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This fonds contains materials regarding the life and work of John Yuzyk. This includes newspaper clippings and correspondence related to Yuzyk’s work in real estate, veteran’s affairs, and activities within the Ukrainian community. There are newsletters from Branch 141 of the Royal Canadian Legion and the Shevchenko Scientific Society. Also included are a variety of miscellaneous papers and booklets related to Yuzyk’s personal business endeavours, Legion branch operations, and programmes for holiday and celebratory events. There are also numerous membership cards to local real-estate associations, and buttons and ribbons relating to his involvement in the Legion and events within the wider Ukrainian community. The fonds also contains a number of photographs of family, friends, and fellow servicemen.

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  • Ukrainian

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Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation.

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UCECA

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Created March 2021 by Andrew Webster.

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  • English

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