Memorable Manitobans: Nicolas Volodymir Bachynsky (1887-1969)
Educator, MLA (1923-1927), MLA (1927-1932), MLA (1933-1936), MLA (1937-1940), MLA (1941-1945), MLA (1946-1949), MLA (1950-1953), Speaker (1950-1958), MLA (1954-1958).
Born in Celo Serafinily, Western Ukraine on 16 September 1887, he came to Canada in 1904 and to Manitoba in 1909 to homestead at Fisher Branch. He subsequently attended the Brandon Normal School and taught at Rus School (1914-1915, 1917-1918), Wheathill School (1915-1916), Dehowa School (1922-1926), and High Plains School (1927-1928).
He was elected a MLA in 1922, 1936, 1941, 1946, 1950, and 1954. He was first elected as a member of the United Farmers Movement, became a Progressive in 1927 and was re-elected in 1932, 1936, 1941, 1945, 1949, and 1953. He was Speaker of the House from 1950 to 1958, during the administration of Douglas L. Campbell. He was defeated in the 1958 general election. Bachynsky was active in many Ukrainian organizations.
He was married twice, first to Antonina Dwoozynsha (?-?) with whom he had a daughter, Olga Bachynsky (1913-1989, wife of Frank Slotiuk). On 5 June 1920, he married Julia Wlasiuk (1902-1970) and they had two children: Jaroslava “Slava” Bachynsky (1922-2018, wife of Walter Slonosky) and John Bachynsky (1925-2010).
He died on 14 August 1969 and was buried in the Glen Eden Memorial Gardens.
Birth registration [Olga Bachynsky], Saskatchewan Vital Statistics.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
“Under The Golden Boy, Manitoba’s M.L.A.s,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 March 1943. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 125]
Obituary [Julia Bachynsky], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 April 1970, page 31.
Obituary [Olga Slotiuk], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 August 1989, page 38.
Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.
The Poplarfield & District Millennium Album, 1900-2000 by Ed Ledohowski, St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Parish, 2000.
Obituary [John Bachynsky], Winnipeg Free Press, 17 April 2010.
Obituary [Jaroslava Slonosky], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 February 2018.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer and Oliver Bernuetz for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 16 January 2021