State funeral planned to salute Fedoruk

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A state funeral will be held on October 5 to salute the memory and long list of accomplishments of Saskatchewan first female Lieutenant Governor Sylvia Fedoruk.

The public funeral will take place on Friday at 2 p.m. from Teacher's Credit Union Place in Saskatoon.

Those wishing to express condolences to Fedoruk's family may do so by signing a book of condolence at the Legislative Building or Government House in Regina and in Saskatoon at City Hall or in Room 212 of the Peter MacKinnon Building, University of Saskatchewan during regular hours of operation. Those unable to sign the book in person can send their message via condolence@gov.sk.ca.

Residents across the province have been extending condolences to Fedoruk's family since her passing last Wednesday at the age of 85.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall praised Fedoruk as a medical pioneer and remarkable representative of the province.

"Sylvia Fedoruk was the embodiment of Saskatchewan innovation and spirit and an inspiration to all she met," Wall stated. "In March of 2011, I had the great honour of chatting with Dr. Fedoruk at the launch of the University of Saskatchewan's Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation. She reminded me of the history of nuclear medicine in Saskatchewan of which she was a pioneer."

Fedoruk had a province wide impact while serving as the first woman to be named Lieutenant Governor in Saskatchewan from 1988 through 1994.

Dr. Fedoruk was the sole woman on the research team that developed the world's first Cobalt 60 cancer therapy unit in 1951. In addition to her distinguished career in nuclear medicine and education, Dr. Fedoruk received numerous awards including the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Officer of the Order of Canada and the Distinguished Canadian Award.

"I join Her Honour and current Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Vaughn Solomon Schofield in offering my condolences to Dr. Fedoruk's family and friends," Wall said.

Current Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Vaughn Solomon Schofield, was saddened to hear of Fedoruk's passing.

"As the province’s first female Lieutenant Governor and a proud member of Saskatchewan’s Ukrainian community, Dr. Fedoruk embraced her duties as Her Majesty’s representative from 1988 to 1994.  She forged a particular connection with the people of the north, where she was the first Lieutenant Governor to present Awards of Excellence to northern students. Dr. Fedoruk loved children, and hosted concerts each Christmas at Government House in Regina. To paraphrase Kipling, although she walked with kings, she never lost the common touch. Dr. Fedoruk was a remarkable Canadian, and will be greatly missed. On behalf of the people of Saskatchewan, we offer our sincere condolences to Dr. Fedoruk’s family and friends during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you," a statement on Lt. Gov. Schofield's website notes.

The University of Saskatchewan also released a statement expressing the loss of the first ever female chancellor at the University.

“Sylvia embodied what it meant to be a member of the U of S community—she was a renowned innovator, a proud alumna, a community leader in every sense of the term, and a tireless booster of the University of Saskatchewan,” University of Saskatchewan President Ilene Busch-Vishniac stated.

Fedoruk became the first female chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan in 1986, and went on to serve on both the University Senate and the Board of Governors.

As a U of S athlete, Fedoruk was a member of 12 inter-varsity championship teams, serving as co-captain of the Huskiette basketball team plus playing volleyball, golf, and hockey. She had served as the honorary chair for the Huskie Athletics Centennial Planning Committee.

"Sylvia’s many recognitions include being made an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of at least three sports halls of fame, a member of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, and she is listed as one of the university’s 100 Alumni of Influence," the press release notes.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Canada, Regina

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