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Call Number: Mss 253 (A.07-44)

Title: Olga Kuplowska fonds.

Dates: 1968-1981.

Extent: 0.33 m of textual records.

Biographical sketch: Olga (Olya) Kuplowska was born and raised in Montreal, Québec. She studied at McGill University (BA, Major in Psychology) and at the University of Toronto (MA, Applied Psychology). Recently, she has taken early retirement from TVOntario, Ontario’s educational broadcaster, where she worked for over 32 years in several capacities, starting as a Research Officer testing program concepts and pilots with children and students, then as Director of Policy, Research and Planning and finally as the Board Secretary and Director of the Board Secretariat. While at TVOntario, she represented the organization at various international forums, participated in international research ventures, and guest lectured at different universities. Her research activities included not only broadcast television but also television based learning systems and new technologies.

Throughout her life, Olya has been an active member/supporter of the Ukrainian-Canadian community. Growing up in Montreal, she was a member of the Ukrainian Youth Association (SUM) and the Poltava Dance Ensemble. Moving to Toronto in the early seventies, she became active in SUSK (Ukrainian-Canadian Students Union) and served on various defence committees such as the Committee in Defence of Soviet Political Prisoners, the Plyusch Tour Committee, and Action for Women’s Rights in the USSR. Later on, she became involved with the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Association and served on its Board for many years. She has also served on other community boards, including those of St. Vladimir Institute and the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre. In addition, she has volunteered hundreds of hours as needed to numerous activities and projects over the years. Currently, she is President of the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies.

Now that she is in semi-retirement, Olya is in the process of determining where next to channel her energies. Her key interests remain: women’s and human rights, multiculturalism, education, and the environment.

Custodial history: The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba by Olga Kuplowska in 2007.

Scope and contents: The fonds consists of material published by the Ukrainian Canadian University Students' Union and the Committee in Defense of Soviet Political Prisoners (press releases; minutes of the meetings; articles, correspondence, posters; and newspaper clippings).

Restrictions: No restrictions on access or use.

Related material: Myroslav Shkandrij fonds, Mss 174 (A.02-61)

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