|17th Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan|
September 7, 1988 – May 31, 1994
|Governor General||Jeanne Sauvé|
|Preceded by||Frederick Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Jack Wiebe|
|Born||May 5, 1927|
|Died||September 26, 2012 (aged 85) |
|Alma mater||University of Saskatchewan|
|Occupation||Medical physicist, Physicist,|
Born in Canora, Saskatchewan, the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants, Annie Romaniuk and Theodore Fedoruk. Fedoruk attended a one room schoolhouse in Wroxton north east of the city of Yorkton. Her father was her teacher.
During World War II, the family relocated to Ontario where her parents took war factory work. In 1946, she completed her studies at Walkerville Collegiate in Windsor Ontario, at the top of her class and was awarded the Ernest J. Creed Memorial Medal and an entrance scholarship to attend University. But the family chose to return to Saskatchewan where Sylvia entered the University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon in the fall of 1946.
Fedoruk was recruited by Dr. Harold E. Johns to be the radiation physicist at Saskatoon Cancer Clinic. She became the chief medical physicist at the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic and director of physics services at the Saskatchewan Cancer Clinic. She was a professor of oncology and associate member in physics at the University of Saskatchewan. She was involved in the development of the world's first cobalt-60 unit and one of the first nuclear medicine scanning machines. The cobalt-60 beam therapy unit, or the "cobalt bomb" as it was known, was the first of its kind to successfully use targeted radiation to treat cancer in a patient. The machine's collimated beam of radiation could be adjusted to the size of the tumor to irradiate the growth. Fedoruk's masters work on depth-dose measurements for radiation treatment were essential in the success of the beam therapy unit.
She was the first woman member of the Atomic Energy Control Board of Canada.
From 1986 to 1989 she was chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan. She was the first woman to fill this position at the University of Saskatchewan.
She is a past president (1971 to 1972) of the Canadian Ladies Curling Association. In 1986, she was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame, as a builder, and was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. In 1961, she played in the very first Diamond 'D' Championships for team Saskatchewan as the third for Joyce McKee. Saskatchewan won the tournament. 1986 was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.
From 1988 to 1994, she was Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.
In the 1990s, the City of Saskatoon named a new road, Fedoruk Drive in her honour. The roadway runs from Central Avenue to McOrmond Drive, north of the communities of Silverspring and Evergreen and south of the community of Aspen Ridge and the Northeast Swale. Fedoruk Drive serves as a minor arterial roadway in the northeast sector of the city.
On October 3, 2012 the name of the Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (CCNI) was changed to the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation in honor of the pioneering work she did in the treatment of cancer using cobalt-60 radiation therapy in the 1950s.
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- "Deo et Patriae: Events in the History of the University of Saskatchewan: 1986". scaa.usask.ca.
- "The Honourable Sylvia Fedoruk". Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
- Services, Government of Canada, Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, Information and Media. "Order of Canada". archive.gg.ca.
- "U of S nuclear centre to be named for Fedoruk". The StarPhoenix. 2012.
- "The Honourable Sylvia Fedoruk". Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
- Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume II), Ottawa, 1991
Emmett Matthew Hall
| Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan
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