Saskatoon Doukhobor Society — SDS

525 Avenue I South, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan CANADA

Contact: Mae Popoff — Phone: 306-373-2991 — Email: maepopoff@sasktel.net
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History

"The Saskatoon Doukhobor Society ... has been in existence since 1955. It owns a community centre, publishes a newsletter, and has an adult executive, a woman’s group, and a choir. Among its activities are Russian-language instruction, the translation of Russian hymns into English, and a week-long bread-baking project at the annual Saskatoon Industrial Exhibition." — The Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples: Doukhobors, by Koozma J. Tarasoff, 1999. More history in the News, below.

Events
  • 1955 January 19 — Founded
  • 1999 June 27 — Peter's Day, Doukhobor Prayer Hall, Blaine Lake, SK. Hosts: Blaine Lake Doukhobor Society and Saskatoon Doukhobor Society, Contact: (403) 477-1124
  • 2005 May 9 — 2005 Centennial Events: National Doukhobor Heritage Museum, Veregin, SK
  • 2009 June 28, Sunday — Petrov Den' - Peter's Day Celebration
  • 2009 December 12 — Annual Meeting
  • 2009 December 17, all day — Rang Salvation Army bells at Lawson Heights Mall
  • 2009 December 20, Sunday, 11 am — Annual Christmas Prayer Service
  • 2009 December 20, 2-4 pm — Fred Konkin memorial
  • 2010 January 14 — Blaine Lake Doukhobors present bread, salt and water, borsch. Newspapers stories with photo.

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.

1955 November — Tree Planting Project, The Inquirer, Vol. 2, no. 10, page 19.
News From Sask. by Walter P. Strukoff — The Pelly Doukhobor Society planted trees at the Peaceful Cove Cemetery.

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 May — Successful Tea and Sale Held, The Inquirer, Vol. 3, no. 4, page 4.
News From Sask. — The Doukhobor Ladies' Society of Saskatoon held a Spring Tea and Sale of Home Baking and Sewing at HBC auditorium.
 
1956 October — Fall Tea and Sale of Home Baking, Sewing and Handicrafts, The Inquirer, Vol. 3, no. 9, page 20.
News From Sask. — The Saskatoon Doukhobor Ladies' Society held a Fall Tea and Sale of Home Baking, Sewing and Handicrafts, at the HBC.

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 January — Society Holds Second Annual Meeting, The Inquirer, Vol. 3, no. 12, page 20.
News From Sask. — Forty-one members of the Doukhobor Society of Saskatoon attended the 2nd Annual Meeting in January 19.The centre has served educational, cultural and spiritual needs of young and old.

1957 January — Ladies Hold First Annual Meeting, The Inquirer, Vol. 3, no. 12, page 20.
News From Sask. — The Saskatoon Ladies' Society held their first annual meeting on January 25th at the local Doukhobor Community Home. Have given assistance to humanitarian needs. 

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.

1957 December — Third Annual Meeting Held, The Inquirer, Vol. 4, no. 10, page 16.
News From Sask. — Third annual meeting of the Doukhobor Society of Saskatoon held January 18. The society was officially founded on Jan. 19, 1955.

2000 February 28 — Eight volunteers to be honoured by Provincial Medal, M2 Presswire
Lieutenant Governor Lynda Haverstock today announced the names of eight citizens who will receive the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal for 1999 - the fifth group of recipients since the honour was established in 1995. The recipients are: ...  William Kalmakoff

2000 May 17 — Saskatchewan Honours its Volunteers, Government of Saskatchewan
William Kalmakoff, Saskatoon
William Kalmakoff, 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 — Stushnoff, George P. My Life Story, 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 — Tarasoff, Koozma J. Messages to the Saskatoon Doukhobor Society, 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 Jauary 16 — Doukhobors greet Olympic torch runners Blaine Lake Doukhobors present bread, salt and water, then borsch.

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


Events

2009 

2009 June 28, Sunday — Petrov Den' - Peter's Day Celebration
Program at 11:00 a.m.; includes a prayer service, choirs, singers, speakers and guests from Quaker, Mennonite and Peace Coalition communities. A noon meal will be served. All guests are welcome.


2009 December 12 — Annual Meeting

ELDERS REPORT
The elders maintain an advisory role as well as positions in conducting weddings, funerals and prayer services which were held weekly from January to June and September to December in 2009. Christmas, Life memberships Easter, Mothers Day and Fathers Day  and Petrov  Dien/ Peter’s Day/ Peace Day were also commemorated.

Locally, elders, trustees and others cooperate to bring about the BREADBAKING at the exhibition in August 09.
The Doukhobor pamphlet was updated from the original black and white version.
Provincially, some elders are members of the National Heritage Board. As well, some elders are associated with the Doukhobor Cultural Society of Saskatchewan and publish the DOVE. Saskatoon elders were involved in the season opening of the Verigin Prayer Home and Museum in May, 2009 as well as the season opening at the Doukhobor DugOut House in June. Saskatoon elders were also present at the Commemoration of Doukhobors at Verigin, July 18, 2009.  Elders also participate in multifaith , multicultural and peace organizations.

Nationally, elders are involved in the CCUB. Elders participated in the Council of Doukhobors in Canada and the Canadian Doukhobor Society as members. There was opportunity to practice singing and to perform with the on line choir the All Canadian Doukhobor Choir ACDC . Elders were involved in the Department of Peace Intiative to support  the C-477 Bill towards establishing a national department of peace .

With PRIDE we can say our elders are involved locally, provincially and nationally.
We are making a difference in the global community.

FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
  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?
We extend a sincere appreciation to the chairperson, the board of trustees, the elders, the ladies organizations,
the participants and all the Doukhobor brothers and sisters who actively encourage the Doukhobor way of life.
 
ELDERS 2009
  • Delphine Fedosof
  • Bill Kalmakofff
  • Mitch Ozeroff
  • Mae Popoff
  • Jeanette Stringer
  • Polly Tokaryk


2009 December 20, Sunday, 11 am — Annual Christmas Prayer Service

Come celebrate PEACE, LOVE and JOY. Prayers, hymns, Christmas carols, solos and musical numbers, and a buffet meal.


2010 January 14, Thursday — Doukhobors greet Olympic torch runners

Blaine Lake Doukhobors present bread, salt and water, then borsch. Newspapers cover story with photo.


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