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Honour 150 Recipient

Roman Yereniuk

Winnipeg
A talent to teach, a champion in outreach work for the Ukrainian-Canadian community
Written by Red River College student: Deklan Michie
For over 40 years, Roman Yereniuk has researched and taught at St. Andrew’s College and the University of Manitoba – but Yereniuk’s passion for the Ukrainian-Canadian community serves far beyond working as a professor.

“The type of job that I ended up having played a major role in doing this work of outreaching and giving back to the community,” said Yereniuk.

A refugee from a young age himself, Yereniuk is heavily involved in his community, providing expertise and education on countless boards of Ukrainian-Canadian or multicultural non-profits. He has also worked with Manitoba Parents for Ukrainian Education where he was instrumental in allowing Manitoba students to be enrolled within bilingual education for Ukrainian, German, and Hebrew languages.

One of Yereniuk’s most influential personal roles was working as a Ukrainian-Canadian representative at the Manitoba Intercultural Council – a parliament “think tank” composed of multicultural groups focused on improving the status of multicultural communities in Manitoba.

“That played a very important role in my life,” said Yereniuk. “In the sharing between cultures, we were able to grow, and we were able to let others grow.”

Today, Yereniuk remains the coordinator of Project Liubov-Love a non-profit he started in 2001 that supports impoverished children and youth in Ukraine. The project helps 28 institutions and has raised over $450,000 to put towards clothing, footwear, educational supplies, hobby and art projects and sports equipment.
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