Oak Bluff student lands Danzker scholarship


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The second time proved to be the charm for Oak Bluff’s Adriana Pasieczka.

The second-year student at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art was recently awarded the 2021 Mark & Dorothy Danzker Scholarship for Excellence. Pasieczka said the $1,000 scholarship will go a long way to helping her with her studies this year.

She applied for the scholarship through Folklorama, which presents it together with the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. It honours the memory of former Winnipeg city councillor Mark Danzker, and his wife Dorothy. The Danzker family immigrated to Canada in 1907 before settling in Winnipeg in 1911. Danzker entered the workforce at the age of 10, bought a pharmacy at 16 and owned several successful companies. He served two terms on city council from 1960 to 1968, and helped bring the Pan Am Games to Winnipeg in 1967.

Supplied photo Oak Bluff resident Adriana Pasieczka was recently awarded Folklorama's 2021 Mark and Dorothy Danzker Scholarship for Excellence.

Pasieczka is deeply connected to her Ukrainian roots. She spent 13 years with the Vesna Dance Group, and has volunteered at the Holy Family Nursing Home, when she learned about Ukrainian history and traditions. For several years, Pasieczka also attended Ridna Schola, or Ukrainian School.
Her large family also helps keep those traditions alive, Pasieczka said. They are active at the Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church, where she has read liturgies. They also celebrate Ukrainian Easter and Christmas, carefully observing traditions such as pysanky, the art of dyeing Easter eggs, and the 12 meatless dishes on Christmas Eve.

“We’re a very traditional family,” Pasieczka said. “We’ve done the Ukrainian Christmas and Ukrainian Easter. We always have family over.”

Pasieczka was busy over the summer and said the good news made her day.

“It was pretty great when I found out that I won,” Pasieczka said. “I was at work when they called and I screamed so loud I scared my partner.”

Pasieczka said she applied for the scholarship in 2020 and was unsuccessful, but was undeterred and tried again. The process involved submitting some forms and a short biography before waiting for the phone to ring. She attended a ceremony at the Manitoba legislature where she learned more about the Danzker family.

Following completion of her degree, Pasieczka hopes to take art courses or graphic design. She’s excited for the future.

“This scholarship has really helped,” Pasieczka said. “I’ve put it toward tuition and some supplies.”

Tony Zerucha

Tony Zerucha
East Kildonan community correspondent

Tony Zerucha is a community correspondent for East Kildonan. Email him at tzerucha@gmail.com

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