Memorable Manitobans: Peter Jacob Olchowecki (1911-2011)
Born at Winnipeg on 29 July 1911, he was raised on a farm in the Sandilands area. He attended Gordon Bell High School, Kelvin High School, and the Brandon Normal School. He began a 37-year teaching career at Dallas School No. 1970 and taught at several other places in rural Manitoba, including Senkiw School (1937-1940), and serving as Principal at Purple Bank School (1941-1948), St. Andrews School (1948-1949), Shevchenko Collegiate (1949-1961), and Arden School (1957-1958). He was a candidate for the Emerson constituency in the 1945 and 1949 provincial general elections. He moved to Winnipeg in 1961 and taught at River East Collegiate until retirement in 1974. He served on the Executive Committee of Ukrainian Canadian Congress and was President of the Ukrainian National Home for several years. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral and served in many capacities, including two years as President. He died at Winnipeg on 16 December 2011 and was buried in the Glen Eden Memorial Garden.
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 December 2011.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 December 2018
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