Title: Mary A. Wawrykow
Extent: 12 cm of textual
records. -- 55 photographs.
Biographical Sketch: Mary
A. Wawrykow, the prominent judge and community leader of
Winnipeg, was the first woman of Ukrainian origin to practice
law in Canada, and only the third Manitoba woman. She was
born in Wakaw, Saskatchewan in 1911. Her parents Mykyta
and Anna Zakus had emigrated from Ukraine and settled on
the Canadian prairies. Mary graduated from the University
of Manitoba Faculty of Law in 1934. She married Daniel G.
Wawrykow and started practicing law in Gimli, Manitoba in
1940. Prior to that, from 1936-1940, she was employed in
the Attorney General's Dept. In 1942 the couple moved to
Winnipeg and later had three children: Marianne, Donna and
Dennis. Mary became a prominent figure in Winnipeg’s
law community. In 1955 she became president of the Women
Lawyers Association of Manitoba and was named “Women
of the Year” by the Winnipeg Tribune. In
1959 she ran for the Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba
in the provincial constituency of Inkster. She was appointed
Queen’s Counsel in 1965. The Roblin government appointed
her a part-time judge of the Winnipeg juvenile and family
court in 1968 and in 1975 Mary was appointed a judge responsible
for the Provincial Judges’ Court of Winnipeg (North).
She was very active in many Ukrainian Canadian organizations.
Mary Wawrykow received many honors and tributes during her
lifetime. Mary A. Wawrykow passed away on April 15, 1977
Digitized Material: The
digitized material from the Mary Wawrykow fonds consists
of photographs of Mary Wawrykow's family, of several Ukrainian
women organizations, and of St. Joseph's Parish.
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