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Sylvia Fedoruk fonds
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1917-2012 (inclusive) ; 1950-2012 (predominant) (Creation)
- Fedoruk, Sylvia Olga
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12.64 meters of textual records ; ~500 photographs ; ~2000 negatives ; ~5000 35 mm slides ; 20 compact discs ; 2 DVDS ; 6 DVD-Rs ; 22 VHS-C ; 10 VHS.
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Sylvia Fedoruk was born in Canora, SK, to Annie Romaniuk and Theodore Fedoruk on May 5th, 1927. She attended school in Wroxton until the family moved to Ontario during World War II. There she graduated from high school at Walkerville Collegiate, after which her and her family moved back to Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with a B.A. (1949), then M.A. (1951) in Physics. She worked with Dr. Harold Johns developing the one of the world’s first Cobalt-60 units (the “cobalt bomb”) which was used in cancer treatment. She was a professor of Oncology at the U of S, and eventually the Director of Physics services at the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic, from which she retired in 1986.
Her life is composed of many firsts. She was the first woman to become a member of the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada (1973). First female chancellor at the U of S (1986-1989) , first Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor (1988-1994), and played in the first Diamond ‘D’ Championships (1961), which was the national curling tournament for women, which eventually became the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
For her entire life she was involved in sports, most notable curling, golf, baseball, basketball, track, and fishing. She has two Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame medals.
She was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit (1986), made an Officer of the Order of Canada (1987), and was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (2009).
She travelled extensively for work and pleasure, and loved her dogs. Her dog Charli is featured in many of her official Lieutenant Governor portraits.
She passed away in 2012 at the age of 85.
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This fonds contains records mainly related to Sylvia’s time as Lieutenant Governor, with correspondence, invitations, clippings, photographs and memorabilia. It also includes documents from her career as a physicist including correspondence, notes, and clippings. Clippings, photographs, and correspondence relating to Sylvia’s involvement in sports is included – predominantly curling and golf, but also fishing, baseball, basketball, and track and field. There is extensive photography and other materials documenting her travels around the world, as well as gatherings with friends and family.
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Donated by Sylvia Fedoruk’s estate in 2013.
Original order has been maintained as much as possible. The chronological series is mostly intact, except for the very few occasions in which files were out of order chronologically. The sub-nominal were files that did not fit clearly within the chronological ordering, and were mostly found separate from the chronological files. These have been reorganized to fit into rough subject categorisation. Duplicate photographs have been discarded and kept within the same binders/groupings they were originally found in, and then arranged roughly chronologically. Slides have also been arranged chronologically as well as based on a numbering system found on some containers. In all cases the contents of folders have been kept as they were (minus duplicates), only the order in which folders appear has been altered. It has been arranged into the following series:
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