Doukhobor Society of Saskatoon — DSS
525 Avenue I South, Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan, CANADA S7M 1Y6
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- Board of
Trustees – 2014
- Elders –
Updated 2 July 2016
- Doukhobor Society
of Saskatoon — 60th Anniversary,
by Mae Popoff, with links to the Program,
SDY Festivals, and photos.
- 2016 July-Aug — On vacation:
Wednesdays singing, Sunday services
- 2016 August 9-14 — Bread-baking
at Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition.
Volunteers call Dorothy Ozeroff :
- 2016 September 4, Sunday, 10 am – 3
pm — Resume Regular Services
- 2016 September 7, Wednesday, 1 pm –
3 pm — Resume Singing
Our assembly hall — dom in Russian.
Entry leads to 2 floors.
South lot is graded smooth.
Upstairs we gather for malenyia
Making pirogi for our borshch
supper, downstairs kitchen hall.
- DSS — Email:
- June Bold, Board Member — Phones:
306-934-1139; 306-260-6288 — Email: email@example.com
- Mae Popoff, Elder — Phone: 306-373-2991 —
The Doukhobor Society of
Saskatoon (DSS) was established in early
and later the same year built a new community
centre — prayer home — at 525 Avenue I South. It is both
a registered non-profit corporation (incorporation date:
January 24, 1955) and a Saskatchewan charitable
corporation. It operates under The Saskatchewan
Non-profit Corporations Act, S.S. 1995 (formerly The
Benevolent Societies Act). The Society is governed by a
Board of Trustees and advised by a group of Elders, as
outlined in its By-Laws
It holds regular Sunday services from September through
June and hosts special
to commemorate historical events (e.g.,
Peter’s Day) and celebrate holidays, such as Christmas,
Easter, Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day, etc. There is an
active singing group that helps lead Sunday services and
is also available to sing at funerals and weddings. Each
year, as a major fundraiser, the Society bakes and sells
bread in traditional clay-brick ovens at the Doukhobor
4. Foundational Documents
5. About Doukhobors
6. Board of
Trustees – 2014-15
- Chair – Edna Wright
- Vice-Chair – Ron Bold
- Secretary – Emily Riben
- Treasurer – June Bold
- Director at Large – Dorthy Ozeroff
- Director at Large – Jeannette Stringer
7. Elders –
- June Bold
- Bill Kalmakoff
- Mich Ozeroff
- Peter Pereversoff
- Mae Popoff
- Jeannette Stringer
- Polly Tokaryk-Meakin
- William Woykin
8. Upcoming Events
- No weekly events during July or August
- 2016 August 9-14 — Bread-baking
at Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition
- Volunteers call Dorthy Ozeroff 306-283-4726
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2016 September 4, Sunday, 10 am – 3 pm — Resume
- 2016 September 7, Wednesday, 1
pm – 3 pm — Resume Singing
1955 February — Saskatoon
Doukhobor Society Gets Charter, The Inquirer, Vol. 2,
no. 1, page 18.
News From Sask. — The
Doukhobor Society of Saskatoon [DSS] has received its
charter under the Saskatchewan Benevolent Societies Act.
The first trustees are: Alvin N. Meakin, Michael N.
Postnikoff, John K. Tarasoff, Alex W. Vereschagin, and
William P. Sherstobitoff.
1955 November — Society
Holds Ceremony in Prelude to Building a Home,
Vol. 2, no. 10, page 18.
News From Sask. — The
Doukhobor Society of Saskatoon held a prayer ceremony
before building a Community Home. Koozma Tarasoff, Sr.
turned the first sod.
1956 February — Society
Holds Annual Meeting, The Inquirer, Vol. 3,
no. 1, page 27.
News From Sask. — First
annual meeting of the registered Doukhobor Society of
Saskatoon was held at their newly built Doukhobor Home.
Peter N. Postnikoff, Chairman. John F. Papove, sec.
1956 July — Doukhobors
Contribute to Pion-Era Celebrations, The Inquirer, Vol. 3,
no. 6, page 20.
News From Sask. by
Inquirer — The Saskatoon Doukhobor Society built a
pioneer log house, baked bread in brick and clay ovens
and held sheep shearing demonstrations at the Pion-Era
in July. A great success.
1957 July — 3,200
Loaves of Bread Baked at Pion-Era Celebrations,
Vol. 4, no. 5b, page 8.
News From Sask. — For the
third consecutive year the Saskatoon Doukhobor Society
contributed to the local Pion-Era celebration with
bread-baking and demonstrations of carding and spinning
1957 November — First
Tea and Sale in Community Home Termed 'Very
Successful', The Inquirer, Vol. 4, no. 9, page 7.
News From Sask. — The
Saskatoon Doukhobor Ladies' Society held its first tea
and sale in the new community home.
2000 February 28 — Eight
volunteers to be honoured by Provincial Medal,
Government of Saskatchewan.
Governor, Lynda Haverstock, today announced the names of
eight citizens who will receive the Saskatchewan
Volunteer Medal for 1999. The recipients include William
Kalmakoff of Saskatoon, a well- known educator and
promoter of multiculturalism, has given his time and
2003 — My Life
Story, by George P. Stushnoff
- Saskatoon Doukhobor Society,
- Doukhobor Cultural Society of Saskatchewan,
- Saskatchewan Intercultural Society,
- Saskatchewan Organization for Heritage Languages,
- Multi Faith Saskatoon,
- Saskatoon Doukhobor Society Newsletter,
- Saskatoon Doukhobor Choral group and the barbershop
singing group Chimo Chordsmen,
- Doukhobor pavilions at the Saskatoon Exhibition and
- University of Saskatchewan College of Education
Leadership Unit, where after retirement as a
consultant he wrote an Education Act for Indian Band
The Stushnoff Family
History: Kirilowka and Beyond, by Fred and Brian
Stushnoff, 2003. Reproduced on the Doukhobor Genealogy
"George P. Stushnoff
(1922-2001) exemplified the Doukhobor ideals of toil and
peaceful life. Chairman of the Saskatoon Doukhobor
Society and the Doukhobor Cultural Society of
Saskatchewan for many years, George strove to preserve
and share the Doukhobor way of life, and to promote
inter-cultural harmony in his community."
2005 May 9 — 2005
Centennial Events: National Doukhobor Heritage Museum,
Veregin, SK, Doukhobor Message Board.
"Sunday, May 29, 2005:
Molenye (Prayer Service) at 11:00 a.m. led by the
Saskatoon Doukhobor Society."
2007 April 14 — Variety
Night in Saskatoon, by Mae Popoff, Hodge
2007 July 11 — Doukhobor
House Unveils Monument Commemorating Oospenia Spring,
Doukhobor Genealogy Website.
"... a historic
plough-pulling re-enactment by twelve Doukhobor women
belonging to the Saskatoon Doukhobor Society."
2007 December 8-9 — Messages
to the Saskatoon Doukhobor Society, by Koozma
J. Tarasoff, Spirit-Wrestlers.com.
Re: Annual Meeting
December 8th, 2007, Doukhobor Peace Library and Museum.
2009 April 3 — National
Upcoming Events for 2009, Doukhobor Message
2009 June 8 — Sell Doukhobor Land in
Saskatoon? Questions & Answers,
2009 June 19 — Dugout
House set [to] open with 'Laying down of arms',
"The cast was made up of
members of Doukhobor descendents from across the region
with the bulk belonging to the Saskatoon Doukhobor
2009 December — DSS Elder's Report,
by Mae Popoff.
2010 January 16 — Doukhobors
Olympic torch runners, by Mae Popoff,
Blaine Lake Doukhobors
present bread, salt and water, then borsch. Collections
of news excerpts mentioning Doukhobors, with photos and
2010 January 18 — Saskatoon Reflections 2010.
Year-end review by Mae
2011 August 14 — 800
Loaves of Doukhobor Bread Sold / Day, by K.J.
Tarasoff, photos by Mae Popoff. Spirit-Wrestlers Blog.
Links to related stories.
2012 August 12 — Doukhobor
tradition carries on one loaf at a time, The
StarPhoenix, Saskatoon SK
60 volunteers bake and
sell the 5,000 loaves produced at Saskatoon Exhibition.
Interviewed: named: Bill Kalmakoff, John Tarasoff, Peter
Holoboff, and Doreen Konkin.
2013 August 13 — Baking Bread the
Doukhobor Way, story and videos by Ryan
Excellent overview of
bread baking booth in 3 short videos and 2 photos.
2013 Fall — Elevator for Saskatoon dom
Saskatoon Prayer Home has
elevator installed, making it more accessible for those
with physical limitations and also making it easier to
haul heavier items between levels. The elevator goes
from the entrance level up to the service level and down
to the kitchen/social area in the basement. Plans are in
the works to build a permanent ramp on the exterior of
the building to further improve accessibility.
2014 Past Events
2014 June 29, Sunday — Peter’s Day
The Saskatoon Prayer Home
drew a full house of almost 120 people, from Saskatoon
and surrounding areas, to commemorate our Doukhobor
ancestors’ stand for peace and religious freedom, known
as the Burning of the Arms, in 1895 in Russia; this was
a key step towards leaving Russia and coming to Canada
to re-establish their peaceful lives and communities in
a promising new land. The traditional June 29th service
was followed by a delicious meal, provided the Society.
Thanks to everyone to who joined us for this special day
and helped make it such a rewarding experience for all.
2014 August 5-10 — Annual Bread-Baking Project
The Saskatoon Doukhobor
Society again undertook its main annual fund-raising
initiative – bread-baking at the Saskatoon Prairieland
Exhibition. The Doukhobor Bread Booth sells "Doukhobor
bread" (white and brown) by the slice or loaf, which is
baked in our three traditional clay ovens. We had
another successful year, producing about 3,500 loaves.
Many who stop at the booth say this is a “must” for them
at the Ex each year! We are grateful to all our
supporters, workers and volunteers who continue to make
this event possible and productive each year. If you are
interested in helping out in future, please let us know
by contacting a board member or elder. Any and all are
welcome to participate – it’s a great opportunity to do
something a little different and to connect with both
old and new acquaintances.
2014 August 12 — Doukhobor
Bread-Baking in Saskatoon 2014, by Mae Popoff,
Photos and reports on
August 8 and 11.
2014 September 7 — DSS Meet With Calgary Society
Members of the Doukhobor
Society of Saskatoon travel to Sundre,
to participate in a special Doukhobor
gathering and service hosted by the Calgary Society at
the home of Annie Barnes and family.
2014 September 21, Sunday, 11 am — Weekly services
resume for the year
2014 October 18, Saturday, 4:30 pm — Fall Fundraiser :
a Success, 6 Photos
- Everyone is welcome. Come and join in a traditional
Doukhobor prayer service, with its beautiful singing
and prayers, and an inspirational Elder’s message.
Enjoy the spiritual time and the fellowship with
others committed to Doukhobor principles.
2014 December 13,
Saturday, 10 am — Annual General Meeting
2014 December 21, Sunday, 11 am — Christmas
Prayer Service Report, 4 photos
2015 Past Events
2015 January 11, Sundays, 11 am – Services
resume after the Christmas break. Potluck
lunch.after the first service of each month. Everyone is
2015 March 8, Sunday, 12 Noon — Pancake Brunch
after Sunday service, $10/person – Annual
fundraiser for the Saskatoon
Kinsmen Telemiracle 39, an annual telethon (March
7-8 this year) organized by the Kinsmen and Kinettes to
help provide Saskatchewan people and organizations with
special needs access to equipment and medical assistance.
See: DSS Telemiracle
Fund-Raiser, photo-report by June Bold, 11 March
2015 March 14, Saturday — DCSS Annual
General Meeting & Conference in Saskatoon
2015 March 20, Friday, 7 pm — “When
the Movies Go To War... and Seldom Give Peace a Chance”
- A presentation by film critic Dr. Gerald J. Schmitz
page 35) at Fr. O’Donnell Auditorium at St. Thomas
More College (STM), 1437
College Drive on the University of Saskatchewan
campus, sponsored by STM and the Saskatoon Peace
- Place: Saskatoon Prayer Home (525 Avenue I
- Theme : “Remembering the Past – Planning for the
- Start : 1:00 pm
- Program : 3:00 pm
- Supper : 5:30 pm.
- Registration ; $35/person (children free), which
includes the supper (pay at the door). Open to
- Please RSVP : Bill Kalmakoff (e-mail :
email@example.com , or phone 306-373-0952)
by Wednesday, March 11, if you will be attending.
2015 April 5, Sunday 11 am — Easter Sunday Prayer
2015 April 12, Sunday — Pot Luck lunch
to follow regular Prayer Service. NOTE: The Pot Luck lunch
has been moved to the second Sunday of the month ONLY FOR
THE MONTH OF APRIL. After the April 12th service and
potluck lunch, we will take some time to seek members’
input about our 60th anniversary plans. Please join us to
share your ideas and let us know about any special
history, photos or memorabilia you may have to share.
2015 April 15 — Planning
the Society’s 60th Anniversary
2015 May 31 — Scholarship Application Deadline
for Saskatchewan Doukhobors
This award is sponsored by the Doukhobor Society of
Saskatoon to commemorate 100 years in Canada. Two
scholarships offered annually, value $750 each. Open to
Saskatchewan Students of a Doukhobor background with self
or family membership in a Saskatchewan Doukhobor Society.
Selection based on academic achievement and
extracurricular activities. Application Form
2015 June 21, Sunday, 11 am — Peter’s Day – in Blaine
2015 June 28, Sunday, 11 am — Participating in
Cowley-Lundbreck 100th Anniversary Celebration in
- Saskatoon will be joining the Blaine Lake Doukhobor
Society for Peter’s Day on June 21st this year –
earlier than usual since many Saskatchewan members
will be attending Alberta’s centennial celebrations on
June 28th (see below).
- The Saskatoon and Blaine Lake Societies normally
alternate years and it is Blaine Lake turn this year;
everyone is welcome.
- The event begins at 11:00 a.m. with prayer service,
a program and lunch.
- Location: Blaine Lake Prayer Home (a heritage site)
on Main Street in Blaine Lake.
2015 August 4-9 — Bread-baking
at Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition
- Many of our Saskatoon members will be traveling to
Lundbreck, Alberta for the 100th anniversary of the
Cowley-Lundbreck Doukhobor settlements.
- The Cowley-Lundbreck Doukhobor Society invite their
Saskatchewan brothers and sisters to join them for
this special event, being held in conjunction with
their Peter’s Day.
- Location: United Doukhobors of Alberta
Cowley-Lundbreck Prayer Home in Lundbreck.
- The program will include a prayer service (moleniye),
speeches, and a potluck lunch.
- For more information or to RSVP, contact: Alex
Kabatoff, phone: 403-510-1944 or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP’s appreciated by June 1st.
2015 September 6, Sunday, 10 am, noon
lunch, end 3 pm — 60th Anniversary
- Dorthy Ozeroff will be recruiting our volunteers
again this year. If you are interested in helping out,
please contact Dorthy at 306-283-4726 or
October 4, Sunday, 11:00 am — Prayer Service, 1 pm
— Potluck Lunch
- Plans to Date —The Doukhobor Society
of Saskatoon turns 60 this year! At a special meeting
on March 22, 2015, the Elders and Trustees sketched
out initial plans for a celebration. See: 2015 April 15 — Planning the Society’s
- 10 am — Traditional prayer service
- 11:30 am — Lunch
- 1 pm — Program:
Speakers, singing, visiting, history and
Doukhobors’ contributions to the local area and
- 3 pm — End.
- The Society plans to contact descendants of the
founding members and ask them to participate, as well
as all who have been part of our Society over the
years. Plans are still evolving and the Board would
appreciate hearing your ideas for celebrating our
beginnings – the establishment of our Society (January
1955), the building of our Prayer Home (Fall 1955),
and the beginning of our bread-baking initiative. We
look forward to hearing from you and to see you at our
September 6th celebration. Please watch for further
information through our emails, on our web page here,
and in The Dove publication.
Society of Saskatoon — 60th Anniversary,
by Mae Popoff, with links to the Program, Choir
SDY Festivals, and photos.
2015 November 1, Sunday,
11:00 am — Prayer Service, 1 pm —
Potluck Lunch — Pay Annual Dues.
- ($40/adult) for November 1, 2015 to October 31, 2016
- Cheques to "Doukhobor Society of Saskatoon", hand
to Treasurer or
Mail to: DSS, 525 Avenue I South, Saskatoon SK
2015 November 22, Sunday — No meeting in Saskatoon.
Go to Blaine Lake.
- All invited to Christmas service and program 10:30
am at Blaine Lake Society,
2015 December 6, Sunday, 11:00 am — Prayer
Service, 1 pm — Potluck Lunch
2015 December 12, Saturday, 10:00 a.m. —
Annual General Meeting (coffee served)
2015 December 20, Sunday, 11 am —
Christmas Service, 1
pm — Potluck Lunch
2015 December 27, Sunday
— Christmas break — No
services December 27 or January 3
- Salvation Army — Collecting donations (food, toys,
money) Donation box in entry hall. Give cash or
cheques to Treasurer.
2016 Past Events
2016 January 10, Sunday, 11 am
— Prayer Service, 1 pm —
2016 March 6, Sunday, 1 pm —
Pancake Brunch after Sunday Service
- Pancake Brunch - $10/person (kids under 6, free),
- Silent Auction and Draws, proceeds for TeleMiracle
- Honorary Lifetime Membership Certificate
2016 March 27, Sunday, 11 am —
Easter Sunday Service
2016 April 3, Sunday, 1 pm —
Potluck after service
2016 May 1, Sunday, 1 pm —
Potluck after service
2016 May 8, Sunday, 11 am —
Mother's Day Service
2016 May 29, Sunday, 1 pm —
Potluck after service. Last potluck before summer.
2016 June 5, Sunday, 11 am — No meeting in
Saskatoon. Go to Verigin.
2016 June 26, Sunday, 11 am — Peter’s Day, at
- DSS is leading the service for the opening of the
National Doukhobor Heritage Village, 11 am, Lunch
- Joint meeting with Blaine Lake Society.
- Lunch provided.