Friday, 23 April 2021

Bill Kalmakoff Awarded by Governor General

Update 18 October 2021

'Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty presented the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to 19 individuals on behalf of Her Excellency the Governor General at a ceremony at Government House in Regina on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 2:00 pm.'

'Bill Kalmakoff, Saskatoon 

'For more than two decades, Bill Kalmakoff [91] has served as a community representative at province-wide culture meetings of the Saskatoon Doukhobor Society [sic] and the Doukhobor Cultural Society of Saskatchewan. He has promoted public awareness of and fostered a greater appreciation for the contributions of Canadian Doukhobors.'

Original photos left and right.

The Lt. Gov. staff posted a galley of 61 photos, 3 showing Bill (2 cropped above). Bill's daughter Sandy also took photos and posted 3 on her Facebook page.

Original post:
Click on photo to enlarge.

Bill has served as Elder for the Doukhobor Society of Saskatoon (DSS), in 2018-19, and 2014-15.

In 2012, Bill was interviewed for Doukhobor bread making — 60 volunteers bake and sell the 5,000 loaves produced at Saskatoon Exhibition. Interviewed: named: Bill Kalmakoff, John Tarasoff, Peter Holoboff, and Doreen Konkin. ('Doukhobor tradition carries on one loaf at a time', The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon SK, August 12, 2012) 

In 2000, Bill was one of 'Eight volunteers to be honoured by Provincial Medal, Government of Saskatchewan.' 'Saskatchewan’s Lieutenant Governor, Lynda Haverstock, today announced the names of eight citizens who will receive the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal for 1999. The recipients include William Kalmakoff of Saskatoon, a well-known educator and promoter of multiculturalism, has given his time and energy to:
  • Saskatoon Doukhobor Society,
  • Doukhobor Cultural Society of Saskatchewan,
  • Saskatchewan Intercultural Society,
  • Saskatchewan Organization for Heritage Languages,
  • Multi Faith Saskatoon,
  • Saskatoon Doukhobor Society Newsletter,
  • Saskatoon Doukhobor Choral group and the barbershop singing group Chimo Chordsmen,
  • Doukhobor pavilions at the Saskatoon Exhibition and Folkfest,
  • University of Saskatchewan College of Education Leadership Unit, where after retirement as a consultant he wrote an Education Act for Indian Band Schools.


  1. Mr. William Kalmakoff, Thank you for the hard work, dedication and perseverance which earned you the Governor General's Award

    Congratulations! Julie Ewashen, Creston, B.C.

  2. Congratulations!! Would
    you please contact me on this email? I have questions about my Doukhobor roots. Спасибо, Таняа