Nicolas Volodymir BACHYNSKY (1887-1969)

Nicolas Volodymir BACHYNSKY (1887-1969)

Nicolas was born 16 September 1887 in Celo, Serafintsi, Eastern Ukraine.  He was the son of William Bachynsky and Carolina Wysocka. He came to Canada about 1906 as a refugee, settling in the Coppercliff area of Ontario. He worked as a court interpreter when he was living in Ontario and at some time as a policeman.

On 11 August 1910, he married Antoinette Divozynska (1890-?) in Fort William, Ontario and they had two children: Anastasia “Nettie” (1911-?), Olga (1913-1989, wife of Frank Slotiuk), and Alexandra (1918-?). He then married Julia Wlasiuk on 05 June 1920 and they had two children: Jaroslawa Helen “Jerry” (1922-2018, wife of Walter Slonosky) and John (1925-2010).

Policeman, Court Interpreter, Educator, MLA

In 1909, he moved to Manitoba and homesteaded in the Fisher Branch district. He then furthered his education at Brandon Teachers College and was one of the first teachers in the Fisher Branch district.

In 1922, he was elected to the Manitoba Legislature and served his constituents in the RM of Fisher for 36 consecutive years. In 1950, Nicolas was appointed as the 17th Speaker of the Manitoba Legislature and held this post until his retirement in 1958.

He was a member of the St Michael’s Greek Orthodox Church, a life member of the St. Michael’s Sick Benefit Association, one of the original members of the Ukrainian Fraternal Society, on the Board of Directors of the St. Andrews College, Asst. Editor and one of the founders of the Ukrainian Voice, honourary member of the Ukrainian National Home, the Canadian Legion, and the Ukrainian Veterans Assoc. He had a sideline hobby and profession as an apiarist.

He died on 14 August 1969 and was buried in the Glen Eden Memorial Cemetery.


  • Birth, Marriage, and Death Registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
  • Marriage Registrations, Ontario Vital Statistics.
  • “The Legislature’s Day”, The Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 05 March 1937, page 2.
  • “Birthdays”, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 September 1938, page 17.
  • “Bachynsky Attacks Opposition, Then Turns On Cabinet”, The Winnipeg Tribune, 03 March 1944, page 11.
  • “Garson, Coulter Get Citizenship Jan 10”, The Winnipeg Tribune, 04 January 1947, page 13.
  • “Friendly Bachynsky Easy To Work With”, Winnipeg Free Press, 07 February 1955, page 3.
  • Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 August 1969, page 30.
  • “Nicholas V Bachyncky”, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 August 1060, page 29.
  • Obituary [Julia Bachynsky], Winnipeg Free Press, 08 April 1970, page 36.
  • Obituary [Olga Slotiuk (nee Bachynsky)], Winnipeg Free Press, 03 August 1989, page 37.
  • Obituary [John Bachynsky], The Interlake Spectator, 16 April 2010, page 30.
  • Obituary [Jaroslava (Jerry) Slonosky (nee Bachynsky)], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 February 2018, page D7.


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