Memorable Manitobans: Mary Sawchak Dyma (1899-1998)
Educator, community activist.
Born in Ukraine in 1899, as a orphan after the First World War she immigrated to Winnipeg in 1920 to live with an aunt, Joanna Westlake. She attended St. Mary's Academy to learn English. In 1923, she graduated with a BA degree from the University of Manitoba then taught at Stuartburn School (1923-1924) and served as Principal of Ethelbert School (1924-1925).
On 1 August 1925, she married physician Bronislaw Dyma (c1898-1966) at Winnipeg and they had two sons. She served as a trustee for the Winnipeg School Division (1932-1935) and President of the League of Women Voters. She was a Liberal-Progressive candidate in the 1936 provincial general election and was narrowly defeated. In 1945, she was a founding member and first national President of the Ukrainian Canadian Women's Committee.
In recognition of her community service, she received a Canadian Centennial Medal (1967) and she was identified by the Nellie McClung Foundation as a Manitoba Woman Trailblazer (2021).
She died at Winnipeg on 12 October 1998.
Marriage registration [Mary Sawchak, Bronislaw Dyma], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Obituary [Bronislaw Dyma], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1966.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 October 1998, page 64.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 October 2022