Many people have contributed to the success of MacEwan University over its nearly 50 years – few more so than Dr. Peter Kule.
Together with Dr. Doris Kule, his late wife, Kule has supported educational and cultural initiatives at the university, which enhance students’ education experience, and help facilitate critical connections with academic partners in Ukraine.
Recently, Kule celebrated a significant milestone – his 100th birthday.
About Dr. Peter Kule
Kule was born in Stratyn, Ukraine. He came to Canada with his mother and two brothers in 1938, where the family settled in Two Hills, Alberta.
In 1940, he moved to Edmonton, where he would go on to marry Doris and begin his career as an accountant and real estate investor.
Throughout his life, Kule has been active in a number of Ukrainian cultural and community organizations, including the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood of Canada and the Ukrainian Professional and Businessmen's Club. He received numerous awards and recognitions for his work, one of the highlights being in 1993 when Pope John Paul II proclaimed him a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.
Commitment to Ukrainian studies
Over the years, the Kules have made significant contributions to the development of Ukrainian studies in Canada.
At MacEwan University, they have supported the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre (URDC), which develops and carries out provincial, national and international projects linking MacEwan to the Ukrainian Canadian community and universities in Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
One of Kules’ most significant initiatives at MacEwan was the establishment of the Drs. Peter and Doris Kule Chair in Ukrainian Community and International Development.
"The Kule Chair allows its chairholder to introduce the study of Ukraine at an academic level within their respective disciplines and, through that, to internationalize the curriculum at MacEwan and promote Ukraine as an academic subject," explains current current Kule Chair, Dr. Svitlana (Lana) Krys, who is also an assistant professor in the English department.
In December 2008, the university launched an endowed fund for the Chair of International Health through the URDC. The Kules were the first donors, giving $100,000 to establish the chair.
The Kules also supported Ukrainian studies initiatives at many other institutions, including the University of Alberta and St. Paul University in Ottawa.
Congratulations to Dr. Kule on celebrating 100 years of life. MacEwan University is grateful for the incredible support he and his family have provided over the years.
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.