It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Ollie Hawryluk at Holy Family Home in Winnipeg on April 6, 2018.
Ollie Hawryluk was born and raised in one of Winnipeg’s true landmarks – the North End. She completed her post-secondary education by first obtaining a Teaching Certificate at Normal School and later completing her Education Degree in Music at the University of Manitoba. Her teaching career took her to the Manitoba towns of Dugald, Bredalbane, and Virden where she taught elementary grades. Mrs. Hawryluk also taught at Sir Sam Steele, Kent Road, John M. King, and Faraday Schools in Winnipeg.
Music was always Ollie’s passion and she prepared choirs for music festivals and trained students to play various musical instruments. Her love of Ukrainian music also led her to become a member of the Oleksander Koshetz Choir. She also directed the Church Choir at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral for 32 years. In 1988 she assisted as Choir Director of the Ukrainian Millennium Choir.
At Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Cathedral, she served a three-year term as President of the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada. The spirit of volunteerism propelled her into involvement with the Holy Family Nursing Home where she was a member of both the Advisory Board and the Nursing Home Ladies’ Auxiliary. Ollie was prominent on the Executive of the Ukrainian Canadian Women’s Committee and later the Executive of the Ukrainian Canadian Women’s Congress.
In her community, Ollie maintained an interest in women’s issues and was Membership Secretary of the Council of Women of Winnipeg for six years. She belonged to the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League as well as the Ukrainian National Federation, as well as being a member of the Ukrainian Curriculum Committee for the Department of Education, and an Executive Member of the Manitoba Modern Language Association. Ollie also served as Second Vice-President of the board of UPBC and as Chairperson of the Visitation Committee, and still found time to enroll in Ukrainian Studies in Munich and at the Taras Shevchenko University in Kiev.
Funeral Divine Liturgy will be celebrated by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Michael Buyachok on Friday, April 13th at 11:00 a.m. at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 115 McGregor Avenue, followed by a luncheon at the church hall and interment at All Saints Cemetery.