About George Danyliw

George Danyliw

After a long and distinguished career as a lawyer and philanthropist, Dr. Wolodymyr George Danyliw passed away April 13, 2002. The foundation that bears his name was created shortly after his death – a memorial tribute to its namesakes’ years of sincere and constant efforts to promote contemporary Ukrainian studies.

Mr. Danyliw was born in Ostrozec in Lviv Oblast in Western Ukraine on July 24, 1921. He completed his middle schooling in Yavoriv. In 1944 he left Ukraine for Austria where he continued his education. From 1945 to 1950, Mr. Danyliw studied law and political science at the Leopold Franz University in Innsbruck, Austria. In 1950 he obtained a PhD in Political Science (doctor rerum politicarum).

While studying law in Vienna he attended the University of Toronto, School of Law as an exchange student and completed his legal education at the University of Saskatchewan in 1956. After being called to the Bar in Saskatchewan, he began work for the firm, Nico, Keith and Armstrong, in Saskatoon. Four years later, after moving to Toronto, Mr. Danyliw established his own independent legal practice in Toronto in 1960 - which he continued for 42 years, to the time of his death.

During his legal career, George Danyliw was a member of: the Law Society of Upper Canada; the Canadian Bar Association; the Commission of Jurists and the Presidium of the World Congress of Free Ukrainians (now Ukrainian World Congress). He was a former president and founder of the Ukrainian Canadian Advocates' Society; president of the University of Toronto Chair of Ukrainian Studies Foundation and the Ukrainian Canadian Committee. Mr. Danyliw also served as president of the Federation of Ukrainian-Canadian Professionals and Businessmen and president of the Ukrainian Peoples' Home in Toronto - the oldest Ukrainian organization in Canada.

Mr. Danyliw was the founding force behind the establishment of the International Commission of Inquiry into the 1932-1933 Famine in Ukraine was actively involved in every step of the inquiry through to its conclusions. He was also an active member of the Defense Committee for John Demjanjuk

Emerson said, "An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man."

The Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation is indeed an extension of my father's work. His family and those who worked around him, saw how profoundly he gave of his life. My father was always willing to donate time and money to promote right education and higher knowledge for Ukrainian studies. His inexorable devotion and enthusiasm left a legacy embodied and realized in this Foundation - an institution dedicated to benefit Ukrainian students and Ukrainians worldwide.

Andrea Danyliw