December 2, 2022

"Perogy Queen" Lillian Honoured by Medal Paying Tribute to Queen Elizabeth

Some members of the Ukrainian Canadian community were selected to be among those being recognized for their service by being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal. Manitoba's new representative of the King - Lieutenant Governor Anita Neville, and Premier Heather Stefanson have been awarding these medals to selected Manitobans in a series of ceremonies. The names of the recipients had been put forward and they were selected for various reasons. The main factor, being, of course, that they had served the people of Manitoba in some significant way through their dedicated volunteerism and leadership. For most of them it was not only one reason, but the several ways by which they served. Recipient Lillian Deptuch, has been active throughout her life volunteering in various ways for various charitable causes. She also served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Perhaps her most recent claim to fame are her years of spearheading the perogy-making effort at Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Winnipeg. She has been overseeing a team of some 80+ volunteers who gather weekly in the church hall of Holy Eucharist Parish to make hundreds of thousands of perogies (varenyky) every year. Many are sold and the funds used for pastoral programs at the parisn, but many are also donated to those in need throughout the city and beyond. This gained for her the unofficial nickname "the Perogy Queen".

The announcement of Lillian Deptuch's nomination was posted on the website of her proud parish......

"We are pleased to announce that one of our own parishioners, our sister in Christ, Lillian Deptuch, has been selected to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Manitoba), to mark the 70th anniversary of Her Late Majesty's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.

Here is part of the letter that Lillian received from our Premier, the Honourable Heather Stefanson:

For 70 years, The Late Queen exemplified the true meaning of public service. Her Platinum Jubilee is a welcome occasion to highlight those, who, like Her Late Majesty, dedicated themselves to the service of family, community and country.

As a Province, we are proud to take this opportunity to recognize the outstanding service of Manitobans who have done much to build and enhance our Province. You are among this distinguished group.

I thank you for your leadership, your dedicated service to your peers, to your community, to Manitoba and to Canada. The contributions you have made to our Province are highly commendable and deserve our praise and admiration. May you wear your Medal with justified pride in your own accomplishments and in commemoration of this significant and unique milestone for our Late Queen."

Apparently the awards ceremony can be watched live on the Government of Manitoba YouTube channel [HERE] on Monday December 5 at 5:00 PM, (but will remain posted there to view afterward as well).

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