Mary Plecas

Title

Mary Plecas

Description

A short biography of AUUC member Mary Plecas, who took part in the organization for support during the difficult times of the Depression.

Type

Text

Rights

Reproduction may be restricted. Contact AUUC.

Coverage

Vancouver, BC

Language

English

Birth Date

1906

Birthplace

Bukovina region of Ukraine

Death Date

1990

Biographical Text

Mary Plecas, nee Okrianetz, was born in the Bukovina region of Ukraine. She immigrated to Canada in 1928 and settled in Smokey Lake, Alberta. She then moved to Vancouver in 1930 where she was a homemaker who kept her three children actively involved in Ukrainian culture.

Times were hard in the 1930's and the Ukrainian Labour Farmer Temple Association was a place where people could gather to sustain their Ukrainian heritage and support each other. Mary was a happy, optimistic, and sociable person. She loved to sing and dance and took part in many activities and social functions. It was important to her and her husband John to keep their children Helen, John, and Elsie involved in Ukrainian and Slav cultural activities. Mary herself sang in the choir. She loved to embroider and embroidered many blouses and costumes for her children and others at the Ukrainian Hall.

Citation

“Mary Plecas,” Association of United Ukrainian Canadians - Vancouver, accessed May 6, 2021, https://auucvancouver.digitalhistoryhub.com/items/show/180.