Saskatoon Doukhobor Society SDS
525 Avenue I South, Saskatoon,
map This page: http://www.Spirit-Wrestlers.com/SDS
- About Doukhobors
- Board of Trustees
- Elders 2014
- Upcoming Events
- Some Future
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
in the downstairs kitchen-dinning hall.
- June Bold, Board Member Phones:
306-934-1139; 306-260-6288 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mae Popoff, Elder Phone: 306-373-2991
The Doukhobor Society of
Saskatoon 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.,
Peters 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
Symbol of Hospitality.
Symbol of Peace.
4. Foundational Documents
5. About Doukhobors
6. Board of
- Chair Edna Wright
- Vice-Chair Ron Bold
- Treasurer Isabelle Strelioff
- Secretary Bonnie Kusch
- Members Dorthy Ozeroff, June Bold
7. Elders 2014
- Mae Popoff
- Bill Kalmakoff
- Mich Ozeroff
- Polly Tokaryk-Meakin
- William Woykin
- Jeannette Stringer
8. Upcoming Events
2014 December 13, Saturday, 10 am Annual General Meeting of the Society
2014 December 21, Sunday, 11 am Annual Christmas Prayer Service
- 10:00 am 12:00 noon
- Saskatoon Prayer Home, 525 Avenue I South, Saskatoon
- Financial and Activity Reports for 2014
- Plans for 2015
- Elections of new board members and elders, to fill
expected vacancies per by-laws. Only paid members can
- Hear about improvements at the Prayer Home
- Renew your membership(s), and enjoy the fellowship
- Refreshments provided.
- Everyone is welcome.
- Come celebrate PEACE, LOVE and JOY.
- Prayers, hymns, Christmas carols (Russian and
- Potluck lunch to follow everyone is welcome, bring
- Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the
Doukhobor Society of Saskatoon, which was established January 24, 1955.
Watch here for updates or please send/call us with
suggestions for ways to recognize and celebrate this
milestone (see Contacts
1955 February Saskatoon
Doukhobor Society Gets Charter, The Inquirer, Vol. 2,
no. 1, page 18.
News From Sask. The
Doukhobor Society of Saskatoon 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 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
Land in Saskatoon? Questions &
Answers, Comments, Spirit-Wrestlers.com.
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
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
2010. DOVE Newsletter.
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 June 29, Sunday Peters 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 its 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 SDS Meet With Calgary Society
Members of the Saskatoon
Society 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 October 20 Borshch
Supper a Success, by June Bold
On a beautiful fall
afternoon Saturday October 18th we had a very
Supper at our Prayer Home in
Saskatoon. We served about 140 people in total, with two
sittings .... click for
more + 6 photos
2014 September 21, Sunday, 11 am Weekly services
resume for the year
2014 October 18, Saturday, 4:30 pm Borshch Supper
- Everyone is welcome. Come and join in a traditional
Doukhobor prayer service, with its beautiful singing
and prayers, and an inspirational Elders message.
Enjoy the spiritual time and the fellowship with
others committed to Doukhobor principles.
- Borshch, pirogi and other tasty
delights will be served
- Two sittings 4:30 pm AND 6 pm come &
- Tickets will be available at the door OR may be
reserved by calling Bonnie at 306-242-3672
- Prices: $15/adult; $5/child 6 10 years; and no
charge for children under 6 years
- Saskatoon Prayer Home, 525 Avenue I South, Saskatoon
- Everyone welcome!
- See: SDS News: Borshch Supper
Some Future Considerations
From Elders Report 2009, by Mae Popoff.
Nationally, elders are involved in the CCUB. Elders
participated in the Council of Doukhobors in Canada and
the Canadian Doukhobor Society as members. With PRIDE we
can say our elders are involved locally, provincially and
nationally. We are making a difference in the global
- Do we wish to continue having weekly prayer services
from September to June in 2010?
- Is 11 am agreeable for a time for weekly
- Do we continue to sing 8 hymns: 3 hymns before and
after the Lords Prayer, plus a concluding hymn(s)?
- More elders and/or more persons willing to offer the
message in the prayer services?
- How can we increase attendance:
- would a local monthly newsletter with
upcoming events be helpful to reach the public?
- would a Saskatoon Doukhobor website be
useful for current communications?
- media awareness and marketing for our
- YOUTH. How can we involve the youth?
- Can we involve other peace groups and/or involve
them to participate as speakers, guests,choirs?
- Staff for administration and management to
supplement the numerous volunteer involvements.
- A library and museum on site are essential for
providing resources and displaying our artifacts
for future generations. Doukhobor heritage and history
must be preserved in the current museum mode for
displaying the products from immigration , pioneering,
early settlement and current lifestyles.
- Nursing home, care home, living facility on the
present land allocation. We deserve Doukhobor
consideration and long range planning to accommodate
our aging population. Our hope is for FUTURE
expansions on site!
- What are our priorities for 2010 ? What are we going
to do to MAKE THEM HAPPEN?