Meet the Board of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Camp Inc.

Joe Coffey [Board Chair]

Joe, Kimberly and Nathaniel Coffey live on a small farm north of Roblin, MB about a 20 minutes drive from St. Michael’s Camp.  They are members of St. Michael’s and Holy Redeemer Ukrainian Catholic Parishes in Roblin. While a student at St. Vladimir’s College in Roblin, Joe spent his summers at Kobzarska Sich Summer Camp in Pennsylvania learning to play the bandura.  He went on to study philosophy and theology with the Eastern Rite Basilian Fathers. During those years he worked during the summer months at St. Basil’s Camp at Pigeon Lake, AB and taught catechism one summer in post-communist Ukraine in the village of Buchach.  His experiences as a young man at these various camps have instilled an appreciation for the positive effect summer camp can have on a young person’s life. Joe and Kimberly believe strongly in the mission and values of St. Michael’s Camp. Currently Joe and Kimberly own and operate Andrychuk, Sneath-Strilchuk and Christie’s Funeral Homes in Kamsack, Roblin and Yorkton.  They are excited to lend a hand to the growth and success of St. Michael’s at Madge.

Terry Ruf [Vice-Chair]

Terry Ruf is the Vice-Chair of St. Michael’s Board








Michael Uhryn (Treasurer)

Michael is a former guest of St. Michael’s camp as both a camper & camp counselor (while know as Camp Chaban). He attended St. Vladimir’s College for high school and graduated in 1996. Michael then enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan and stayed at Sheptytsky Institute in Saskatoon.  Michael completed his Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance major) and later post graduate real estate studies via University of British Columbia.  Michael has enjoyed singing and Ukrainian dancing with friends and groups across the prairies, and is a founding board member of the Calgary Ukrainian Festival, and past treasurer.

Maria Olenick [Secretary]



Maria is very familiar with St. Michael’s camp as a camper, camp counselor, and camp director. 






Barb Mackesey











Lana Klemetski [Member-At-Large]




My family has been involved with the camp for many years. My siblings and I spent our summers here when it was known as Camp Chaban. My own 4 children love coming to camp, helping with yardwork, and at perogy suppers. My husband, Lawrence was on the camp board over the course of building the new main hall.  Currently I am the principal of St. Theodore School and a member of St. Mary’s parish in Yorkton. I want to see St. Michael’s at Madge continue on for many more generations.



Orest Dedio [Member-At-Large]



I am a retired elementary school teacher and I am very active with both the KofC and the Church. Have been on the Camp Board for 10 years and have spent many hours of volunteer work since the initial construction of the new building. I have been serving as a temporary custodian at St. Michael’s Camp. For a number of year, I have been very interested in the camp.





Trevor Baker [Member-At-Large]



Trevor was born and raised in Broadview Saskatchewan.  He received his Education degree at the University of Regina, and his Master’s in Education Administration at the University of Saskatchewan. Trevor and his wife Laurel have three children and reside in Yorkton where Trevor is currently the principal of St. Michael’s Elementary School.



Doreen Rathgeber [Member-At-Large]

Deanna Pallett [Member-At-Large]

Bishop Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R. [Ex Offico Board Member]



Bryan Joseph Bayda was the third of six children entrusted by God to Joseph and Florence Bayda (Niedzielski) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on August 21, 1961. As a young boy in Saskatoon, he enjoyed lessons in music, numerous sports and had a newspaper route during his elementary school years at Bishop Murray School. Summers and weekends were spent at the farm near Aberdeen, Saskatchewan where his love for farming and the outdoors was nurtured. He was accepted as a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Yorkton Province) when he professed perpetual vows in 1986. Bishop Basil Filevich ordained Deacon Bryan to the priesthood on May 30, 1987 at Ss. Peter & Paul’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Saskatoon. After 21 years of priestly ministry on May 2, 2008, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, appointed Father Bryan as the fifth Bishop of the Eparchy of Saskatoon for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Canada. He was ordained a bishop on June 27, 2008. The motto he chose for his episcopacy is taken from Acts 1:8 “You Will Be My Witnesses.”




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