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Convocation date: May 19, 1977
Discipline / contribution: community service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you Helen Hnatyshyn.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Helen Hnatyshyn was born at Wroxton, Saskatchewan and began the process of becoming an educated person at the rural school of Chaucer near that town. After completing her elementary and secondary education in the City of Yorkton, Helen attended Normal School or Teacher's College here in Saskatoon, graduated in 1929 and taught school for five years.
While attending Normal School, Helen was a resident of the P. Mohyla Ukrainian Institute and it was here that romance developed between her and John Hnatyshyn. John was also residing at this coeducational Institute while studying for his law degree from this University.
The Hnatyshyns were married in 1931 and Helen taught school for two more years until the birth of son Raymon.
John and Helen were trend setters from the very beginning of their marriage in that both had a personal identity and yet they worked together to support each other until the Senator's untimely death in 1967. Together they raised a family of four children - all graduates in law from this University. Together they worked diligently in three federal and two provincial election campaigns in support of John's political aspirations.
However, Helen Hnatyshyn has done her own thing as well. She has devoted many years of dedicated service to society. A listing of her many contributions includes the fo1lowing: Past-President of the local. Provincial and National Council of Women; Vice-President of the International Council of Women; member of the National Advisory Council on the Status of Women; and National Councillor for the Girl Guides of Canada.
Locally she has served on boards of the YWCA, Family Welfare, Victorian Order of Nurses, United Appeal, and the Citizenship Council. She served 14 years as Saskatoon president and three years Provincial President of the Ukrainian Women's Association. She has been involved in other organizations such as the Canadian Ukrainian Committee, Saskatchewan Human Rights .Commission, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and the Canadian Service for Overseas Students and Trainees.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Helen Hnatyshyn and ask that you will confer on her the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: Sylvia Fedoruk
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