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Memorable Manitobans: Stephen Billinsky (1897-1990)

Teacher, commissioner.

Born at Chorostkiw, Western Ukraine on 25 October 1897, he emigrated to Canada in 1905, eventually attending Teachers College in Brandon and teaching in various Manitoba school districts. In 1925, he became employed with the Board of Grain Commissions, working there for 37 years until his retirement. Billinsky was extremely active in the Ukrainian community, being a member of the Ukrainian National Home and active member of the Canadian Ukrainian Athletic Club, a member of the Ukrainian Self-Reliance League, the Ukrainian Social Service Club and a member of the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral. Active in politics, he became an Honorary life member of the Liberal Party and in 1949, became a Notary Public. During the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the Ukrainian settlement in Canada, an award was presented to Billinsky for his service to the Ukrainian community in Canada. He died at Winnipeg on 9 October 1990.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, Thursday, 11 October 1990, page 48.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 30 September 2009

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