President | Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Manitoba
Joanne Lewandowsky was born and raised in Sandy Lake, MB. Joanne’s parents and grandparents instilled in her an understanding and appreciation of her Ukrainian heritage, a willingness to help others and to give back to one’s community. Following her elementary grade schooling in Sandy Lake, Joanne completed high school in Winnipeg at Immaculate Heart of Mary School where she was school president in grades 11 and 12. While living in residence at Immaculate Heart Academy Joanne studied piano under the tutelage of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate and has herself now taught piano to two generations of students.
Graduating with degrees in Science and Education at the University of Manitoba, Joanne was Education Faculty Senior Stick, and served on the student council of St. Paul’s College as well as the UMSU Board. After graduation, she worked in the Transcona Springfield School Division teaching science and music, followed by many years as a guidance counselor.
Joanne has served as an executive member of many Ukrainian community organizations including the Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre Oseredok, Osvita Foundation, Orlan Ukrainian Folk Ensemble, Ukrainian National Federation of Manitoba, and has been responsible for the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy children’s summer camp for many years. She has also been President of the University of Manitoba Alumni Association and a board member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Council of Christians and Jews, and the Folk Arts Council. When the Folk Arts Council established its Hall of Fame in 1990, Joanne was the youngest of the initial five inductees and to this day continues her active involvement with the Ukraine – Kyiv pavilion.