In Memoriam

Jayne Paluck

1936 – 2021


The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko expresses deep sorrow on the passing on December 3, 2021, of former Director Jayne Paluck.

A devoted wife and mother, Jayne was also a life-long educator and community leader. She grew up in the Maybridge District near Pelly, Saskatchewan, and later moved to Regina where she took a teaching position with the Regina Roman Catholic Separate School Board until her retirement.

Jayne was passionate about Ukrainian culture, language, and history. She taught Ukrainian language classes at the Department of Slavic and Germanic Studies (University of Regina) and mentored and supervised aspiring teachers in the Faculty of Education (University of Regina). Jayne was actively involved in the Ukrainian Catholic Church and community at large at the local, provincial, national, and international levels, having actively served over 17 different organizations.

In the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada, Jayne sought to advance the role of women within the church and the greater community. Due to her success in Canada, she was invited in 2012 by Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, to lead an initiative that would implement and nurture the formation of the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League in Ukraine.

The Shevchenko Foundation remains grateful for Jayne’s contribution to promoting and advancing Ukrainian culture in Canada in her role as a Director of the Foundation in 2002-2004 representing the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood.

Over her lifetime Jayne was recognized with several awards for her contributions in the areas of culture, education, humanitarian, and social project initiatives, including the UCC Saskatchewan Nation Builder Award (2002), the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013), Honorary Life Member in the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada (2001), and Honorary Life Member with the Canadian Baton Twirling Federation (2019).

The Board of Directors and Management of the Shevchenko Foundation express sincerest condolences to Ernest Paluck and his entire family on the loss of their loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. The Ukrainian community has lost a passionate and dedicated leader and educator whose example should always remind us that “learning is a lifelong journey.”

May memory remain eternal!

Вічна Їй Пам’ять!

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