Storyphile’s Marie Lesoway has conducted 100s of interviews with storytellers of all ages. She has profiled scientists, musicians, artists, medical researchers, mechanical engineers, hockey players, entrepreneurs and scores of regular folk who had a story to share.
Her work has appeared in magazines, annual reports and academic publications. It has also been presented at conferences in Canada and in Ukraine.
Alberta Prion Research Institute
Storyphile’s Marie Lesoway profiled five of Canada’s leading researchers in an annual report for the Alberta Prion Research Institute. Prions are proteins that can misfold and cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease.
Eva (nee Kobarynka) Polomark—at back left—was on the fundraising committee that raised money for Mundare’s first hospital, which opened in 1927. Dan Polomark’s daughter Marie is at front left. Marie Lesoway’s great-grandmother, Teklia (nee Bandura) Hewko is in the centre of the photo.
Marie Lesoway presented papers on bread-making and Ukrainian ritual breads at two international conferences to mark 100 years of Ukrainian settlement in Canada.
Continuity and Change
Marie Lesoway’s article, “Women in Three Households,” offers a glimpse into the daily lives of Ukrainian pioneers.
Deacon Adrian Karpa
Deacon Adrian Karpa, OSBM, trained many singers and cantors and made a huge contribution to Ukrainian Canadian church music.
Jacob Matwiiw was a choirmaster and church cantor trained by Deacon Adrian Karpa. For many years he directed the Trident Choir, whose members hailed from Hilliard, Chipman and Mundare.