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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued is always just beyond your grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Senior Leadership

Genia Leskiw

Board Member

Genia Leskiw is the daughter of Ukrainian Immigrants. Genia grew up in Edmonton. When she married Ron Leskiw in 1975, she made Bonnyville her home. Bonnyville has been her home for over 42 years. Here she raised her two children, David and Lynna.

When Genia became a teacher she was actively involved in her Teaching profession holding various positions on her local ATA executive. She most enjoyed being the spokes person for her fellow colleagues bringing change to the classroom and working conditions.

In Bonnyville, Genia got involved in her church and Ukrainian Community.   She held various executive positions for her Church ladies’ group and eventually becoming the president of her church. She also helped run the Kiev’s-K-Hi Ukrainian Youth camp for 25 years.

In 2008 Genia was elected to represent the electoral district of Bonnyville-Cold Lake in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, the first woman and the first Ukrainian-Canadian to represent the area.

For her active involvement in her local community and the Ukrainian community in the province Genia was awarded with the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.

In her retirement from teaching and politics Genia has returned to being active in her churchand her community. She makes herself available to help Ukrainian immigrant women in her community with their English and being available when they require a helping hand. She also joined the Hospital Auxiary where she volunteers in the hospital gift shop and cancer clinic.