Call Number: Mss 253 (A.07-44)
Title: Olga Kuplowska fonds.
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
Restrictions: No restrictions on access or use.
Related material: Myroslav Shkandrij fonds, Mss
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