Bill Skehor

Title

Bill Skehor

Description

A biography of Bill Skehor, a Pioneer of the AUUC and an integral member of the organization's history.

Type

Text

Rights

Reproduction may be restricted. Contact AUUC.

Coverage

Vancouver, BC

Language

English

Birth Date

1881

Birthplace

Ukraine

Death Date

1960

Biographical Text

Bill Skehor was born in Ukraine but moved to Canada. In 1914, he lived in Georgetown, Alberta, where he met his wife-to-be Lena Kostiuk. He lived and worked in company mining towns where life was a constant struggle for survival for him and his family. He came to Vancouver in 1925, where he found work at the Brittania Mines,

Bill was one of the pioneer builders of the AUUC. His dream, like that of many others at the time, was to someday have a Ukrainian Cultural Centre where people could meet and enjoy their cultural pursuits. This dream became a reality in 1928 when the doors of the Ukrainian Hall were opened for the first time. Bill and his wife Lena believed that their children's education had to include their Ukrainian heritage; as Shevchenko wrote: "Learn from others but never spurn your own."

Citation

“Bill Skehor,” Association of United Ukrainian Canadians - Vancouver, accessed May 6, 2021, https://auucvancouver.digitalhistoryhub.com/items/show/182.