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Frolick, Stanley (Sviatoslav Frolack) [Святослав Фроляк] – lawyer, community leader; born on 7 July 1920 in Hillcrest, Alberta, Canada; died on 4 June 1988 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; buried in Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto.

Stanley Frolick

Initially attended school in Hillcrest. In 1932 his father sent him to continue his education in Polish-ruled Western Ukraine, where he attended schools in Stanislaviv (now Ivano-Frankivsk), Sniatyn and Kolomyia. During this time he joined the youth wing of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN). In 1940 he enrolled at the University of Lviv and studied veterinary medicine for several months. In 1941 he returned to Canada, via Siberia and Japan, and enrolled at Toronto University. At first he studied veterinary medicine, before transferring to political science and economics. In 1943-1944 he was national president of the Ukrainian National Youth Federation of Canada. From the autumn of 1944 he worked for the Canadian government’s Department of National War Services, monitoring Slavonic-language newspapers published in Canada.

In May 1945 he came to the UK to work for the British Element of the Allied Control Commission for Germany. When the Central Ukrainian Relief Bureau (CURB) was founded in London in the autumn of 1945 he became its general secretary. In 1946 he was closely associated with the Ukrainian Information Service, which existed as an adjunct to CURB. From May to October 1946 he was the CURB director. He helped to organise the Association of Ukrainian Soldiers in the Polish Armed Forces which, in January 1946, became the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain. In December 1945 he was appointed UK representative of the Ukrainian Supreme Liberation Council, which was closely linked to the OUN(B).

In December 1946 he returned to Canada, with a mandate from the OUN(B) leadership to be its liaison officer there. He founded the Homin Ukrainy (Ukrainian Echo), a Ukrainian-language newspaper covering events in Ukraine, which was first published in December 1948. In 1949, together with other OUN(B) members, he initiated the formation of the Canadian League for the Liberation of Ukraine. In 1952 he left the OUN(B). He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto (1952) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto (1958). In 1958 he established a law practice in Toronto, and in 1968 was appointed Queen’s Counsel. He served as president of the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Federation (1971-73) and of the Canadian Foundation for Ukrainian Studies (1975-1976).

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Bibliography

Frolick, S. W., Between Two Worlds: The Memoirs of Stanley Frolick, ed. by L. Y. Luciuk and M. Carynnyk (Toronto, 1990)

Luciuk, L. Y., Searching for Place: Ukrainian Displaced Persons, Canada, and the Migration of Memory (Toronto, 2000)