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Convocation date: May 19, 1977
Discipline / contribution: multiculturalism ; public service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you Paul Yuzyk, Doctor of Philosophy and Senator.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Paul Yuzyk was born in 1913 in Pinto, Saskatchewan, of Pioneer Ukrainian parents. He attended public and high school in this Province, and normal school and university in Saskatoon, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree in history in 1948.
He was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy degree by the University of Minnesota in 1958.
Senator Yuzyk has been active in many fields, nationally and internationally. As an educator, he taught in Saskatchewan public and secondary schools and in the University of Manitoba. At present he is a professor of history at the University of Ottawa. He has served and continues to serve in various capacities in numerous educational organizations, bodies and associations. He also has been involved in many cultural activities, beginning in 1934, when he was first president of the Ukrainian National Association. Since that time he has served on the Canadian Centennial Council, the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, as founder of Ukrainian Canadian University Students Union, the Shevchenko Foundation, to mention only a few.
Senator Yuzyk served in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1942-43, and is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He belongs to many scholarly societies in which he has held various executive offices, for instance, the Canadian Historical Association, the Manitoba Geographical Society, the Canadian Association of Slavists, the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre, the Shevchenko Scientific Society, the Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences, and a host of others. He has published books and articles on history, church, culture, literature, language and many other aspects of Ukrainian life in Canada and the United States. He was instrumental in developing and popularizing the concept of multiculturalism in Canadian society.
He has served on the board of various cultural, community, charitable, financial and political associations, for instance, the Ukrainian Canadian Committee, Credit Union Societies, Ukrainian Professional and Businessmen Clubs, and the Ukrainian rational Association. For his community work and contributions he was awarded the Canada Centennial Hedal, the Manitoba Centennial Medal, the Shevchenko Gold Medal, the City of Sudbury Gold Medal, the Ukrainian Canadian Committee Toronto Chapter Gold Medal, the Key to the City of Buffalo, and many other distinctions.
In 1965 Paul Yuzyk was appointed to the Senate by the then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. Ever since, he has co-operated on a number of worth-while projects and taken part, in various capacities, in Senate deliberations, committees and delegations to foreign countries. As Senator, he has delivered many speeches and contributed articles. He has been guest speaker at numerous conferences, meetings, national festivities and occasions in Canada and abroad. Senator Yuzyk is chairman of the Human Rights Committee and a staunch defender of freedom at home and abroad. I can do no proper justice to fully enumerate all the activities and merits of such a many-sided personality as Senator Yuzyk in this brief citation.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Honourable Paul Yuzyk and ask that you will confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: Victor Buyniak
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