Saskatoon Doukhobor Society — SDS

525 Avenue I South, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CANADA
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  1. Photos
  2. Contacts
  3. History
  4. Foundational Documents
  5. About Doukhobors
  6. Board of Trustees – 2014
  7. Elders – 2014
  8. Upcoming Events
  9. News
  10. Some Future Considerations

1.  Photos

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Our assembly hall — dom in Russian.
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Entry leads to 2 floors.
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South lot is graded smooth.
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Upstairs we gather for malenyia
(prayer meetings).
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Making pirogi for our borshch supper
in the downstairs kitchen-dinning hall.
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New elevator.


2.  Contacts

  • June Bold, Board Member — Phones: 306-934-1139; 306-260-6288 — Email: boldj@shaw.ca
  • Mae Popoff, Elder — Phone: 306-373-2991 — Email: maepopoff@sasktel.net

3.  History

The Doukhobor Society of Saskatoon was established in early 1955 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 gatherings 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 Bread Booth.

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Symbol of Hospitality.
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Symbol of Peace.


4.  Foundational Documents


5.  About Doukhobors


6.  Board of Trustees – 2014

  • 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
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • Saskatoon Prayer Home, 525 Avenue I South, Saskatoon
  • See Elders' Report, December 2014
  • Agenda
  • 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 vote.
  • Hear about improvements at the Prayer Home
  • Renew your membership(s), and enjoy the fellowship
  • Refreshments provided.
  • Everyone is welcome. 
2014 December 21, Sunday, 11 am — Annual Christmas Prayer Service
  • Come celebrate PEACE, LOVE and JOY.
  • Prayers, hymns, Christmas carols (Russian and English)
  • Potluck lunch to follow — everyone is welcome, bring a friend.

Early 2015

  • 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 above).


9.  News

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, The Inquirer, 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. treas.

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, The Inquirer, 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 wool.

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.
Saskatchewan’s Lieutenant 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 energy to:
  • 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 Folkfest,
  • University of Saskatchewan College of Education Leadership Unit, where after retirement as a consultant he wrote an Education Act for Indian Band Schools.
2003 — My Life Story, by George P. Stushnoff
The Stushnoff Family History: Kirilowka and Beyond, by Fred and Brian Stushnoff, 2003. Reproduced on the Doukhobor Genealogy Website.
"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 Dugout 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 Doukhobor Heritage Village Reflects on a Busy 2008 Season, Upcoming Events for 2009, Doukhobor Message Board.

2009 June 8 — Sell Doukhobor Land in Saskatoon?  Questions & Answers, Comments, Spirit-Wrestlers.com.

2009 June 19 — Dugout House set [to] open with 'Laying down of arms', Shellbrook Chronicle, page 15.
"The cast was made up of members of Doukhobor descendents from across the region with the bulk belonging to the Saskatoon Doukhobor Society."

2010 January 16 — Doukhobors greet Olympic torch runners, by Mae Popoff, Spirit-Wrestlers.com.
Blaine Lake Doukhobors present bread, salt and water, then borsch. Collections of news excerpts mentioning Doukhobors, with photos and maps.

2010 January 18 — Saskatoon Reflections 2010. DOVE Newsletter.
Year-end review by Mae Popoff.

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 Androsoff.
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 — 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, Spirit-Wrestlers.com
Photos and reports on August 8 and 11.

2014 September 7 — SDS Meet With  Calgary Society
Members of the Saskatoon Society travel to Sundre, Alberta 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 successful Borshch 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
  • 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 October 18, Saturday, 4:30 pm — Borshch Supper – Fall Fundraiser
  • Borshch, pirogi and other tasty delights will be served
  • Two sittings – 4:30 pm AND 6 pm — come & go
  • 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 a Success
2014 December — Elders' Report

2014 December 14
— Annual General Meeting


10.  Some Future Considerations

From Elder’s Report 2009, by Mae Popoff.
  1. Do we wish to continue having weekly prayer services from September to June in 2010?
  2. Is 11 am  agreeable for a time for weekly prayer services?
  3. Do we continue to sing 8 hymns: 3 hymns before and after the Lord’s Prayer, plus a concluding hymn(s)?
  4. More elders and/or more persons willing to offer the message in the prayer services?
  5. How can we increase attendance:
    1.   would a local monthly newsletter with upcoming events be helpful to reach the public?
    2.   would a Saskatoon Doukhobor website be useful for current communications?
    3.   media awareness and marketing for our Doukhobor events
  6. YOUTH. How can we involve the youth?
  7. Can we involve other peace groups and/or involve them to participate as speakers, guests,choirs?
  8. Staff for administration and management to supplement the numerous volunteer involvements.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. What are our priorities for 2010 ? What are we going to do to MAKE THEM HAPPEN?
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 community.