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He Chose Canada

The Remarkable Life of Peter Jacyk

by (author) John Lawrence Reynolds

Douglas & McIntyre
Initial publish date
Apr 2013
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    Apr 2013
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Petro (Peter) Jacyk survived two of the most horrendous events of the twentieth century: the Ukrainian famine of the 1930s, instigated by Stalin and responsible for the deaths of untold millions, and waves of invasion and slaughter from Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany. Escaping post-war Europe in 1949, he arrived in Canada with $5 in his pocket and horrific images in his memory.

In Canada, as he put it, he was "free to live and free to succeed," and he did both with passion and triumph. In Toronto, he quickly established himself and his building and land development firm as a burgeoning economic and cultural powerhouse. He was also a philanthropist who tirelessly supported Ukraine and its people.

Throughout his life, Jacyk donated substantial portions of his wealth to educational projects for the preservation and celebration of Ukrainian history, language, and culture. Prestigious universities such as Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Toronto benefited from his largesse. His endeavours included the Ukrainian Encyclopedia project, the English-language publication of Mykhailo Hrushevsky's History of Ukraine-Rus', two publication series in Ukraine and in the West, and archival projects at the Jacyk Centre for Ukrainian Historical Research. His enormous energy and financial contributions created a mosaic of programs highlighting Ukraine that stretches from Brazil to the U.K.

Peter Jacyk's life serves as an inspiration for all that can be achieved by a man determined to make a positive impact on an often hostile world.

About the author

John Lawrence Reynolds has had thirty works of fiction and nonfiction published. His work has earned two Arthur Ellis Awards for Best Mystery Novel, a National Business Book Award, and a CBC Bookie Award. His bestselling book Shadow People, tracing the development and influence of secret societies through history, was published in fourteen countries and twelve languages. He has also authored several business and investment books, including the bestselling The Naked Investor and its sequel, The Skeptical Investor, as well as his assessment of the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, Bubbles, Bankers & Bailouts. A Murder for Max is his first book in the Maxine Benson Mystery series. He lives in Burlington, Ontario, with his wife, Judy. For more information, visit

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