The University of Manitoba

Dr. Vivian Olender
Principal of St. Andrew’s College
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The Board of Directors of St. Andrew’s College is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Dr. Vivian Olender as principal of St. Andrew’s College for a second term of three years and as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Theology.  Dr. Olender holds a Ph.D. in theology from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. Her thesis advisor was the late Prof. Fr. Petro Bilaniuk.  During her doctoral studies, she also completed one year at the Institute of Orthodox Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki with the eminent specialist in iconography, Prof. Aune Jaaskinen. 

After completing her Ph.D., Dr. Olender was a lecturer at the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, St. Andrew’s College from 1985-1986.  From 1986-1989 she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto.  In 1989 she was awarded a three year research grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to complete an intensive  study of the Orthodox Churches of Canada.  From 1992-1997 she was a Research Associate of the Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Toronto and from 1997 to June 1999 she was the administrator of the Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Program at the University of Toronto.  She was also a lecturer in theology at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. 

Her research interests include the history of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, contemporary issues of the Orthodox Churches in North America, and the theology of iconography. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. 

Dr. Olender was born in Bradford Ontario and is the daughter of Mary Wlad from Gardenton, Manitoba and the deceased Mykhailo Olender (d. 1968) who immigrated from Western Ukraine in 1928.  While she was a student she lived at St. Vladimir Institute in Toronto.  She is a member of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Winnipeg, St. Vladimir’s Institute and the Ukrainian Museum of Canada (Ontario Branch), Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada. She has also been a volunteer at the Ukrainian-Canadian Immigrant Aid Society (CUIAS) in Toronto.

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