Kule Folklore Centre.
On October 27, the Kule Folklore Centre and the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta hosted the Edmonton screening of “Chapters and Verses”, a documentary featuring the life and times of Wasyl (Bill) Kuryliw.
The event was hosted at St. John’s Institute and well attended by the community. Film producers, Oksana Kuryliw and John Leeson, attended the screening and graciously led a post showing Q&A.
In 1928, as an eager 18 year old, Bill boarded the Empress of France and headed to Canada with $5, a Grade 3 education, and a powerful zest for life.
For more than 60 years, he lived in Sudbury, Ontario and was an active, dedicated, and involved citizen, known by those in the Ukrainian community, by politicians, and business people for his energy, commitment and generosity.
He was a man of diverse interests and abilities. He is also remembered as being an admirer of the works of writer and poet Ivan Franko, and known for his recitation of Franko’s poems. Despite many challenges, Wasyl (Bill) Kuryliw chose to lead a life with optimism, charity and love.
The Kule Folklore Centre is forever thankful for the Kuryliw Family Research Assistantships in Honour of Ivan Franko. The family’s generous donation has contributed to the education of over 50 folklore graduates at the University of Alberta.
The film was directed and narrated by Oksana Kuryliw, produced by: Oksana Kuryliw and John Leeson.