On 13 May, we learned with great sadness that Dr. Anastasia Shkilnyk had departed to eternal life, after a long battle with cancer. She was 68 years old.
Here at CNEWA Canada, we have known Anastasia as a generous person who strived to make the world a better place and who succeeded in changing many hearts.
Being a Ukrainian Canadian, she cared particularly about the marginalized people of Canada and Ukraine; however, her generosity knew no geographic borders. During her fulfilling life, she championed the principles of social justice and spent enormous amounts of personal time and resources to help victims of discrimination.
In 2013, together with her husband Dr. Jim Kingham, she established with CNEWA Canada a special endowment fund to support social justice projects in Ukraine. A modest woman, Anastasia refused to have the endowment named after her. This year, the endowment will start continuously supporting the charitable initiatives of Caritas Ukraine. One of these projects will be lending medical equipment, free of charge, to poor people with serious temporary and permanent disabilities.
The legacy of Anastasia’s writings, actions and of her sacrificial love will continue transforming lives in many countries. You can read more about her remarkable life in this tribute, (old/broken link: https://ucu.edu.ua/eng/news/3006/) on the website for Ukrainian Catholic University.
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her …