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Memorable Manitobans: Olga Evanchiew Moroz (1912-2006)

Iconographer.

Born at Sandy Lake on 5 August 1912, one of 13 children born to John Evanchiew (?-?) and Maggie Proskin (?-?), in the late 1930s she studied art at the Winnipeg School of Art and worked at the Madanyk Church Goods Store where she trained as an icon painter. While in Winnipeg, she met and, on 8 November 1939, married theological student Nicholas Moroz (1909-2006) and, after his ordination into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, they served parishes across western Canada. She painted icons for many of their churches as the first female iconographer in Canada. They moved to Vancouver, British Columbia around 1949 where she successively operated a dressmaking shop and coffee shop. She died at Vancouver on 31 December 2006.

Some of her iconographic works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Municipality of Harrison Park

1947

 

Sources:

Birth registration [Olga Evanchuk], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Vancouver Sun, 3 January 2007.

This page was prepared by Marcia Moroz and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 February 2019

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