I am a writer, Titanic fanatic, and former television news reporter with a keen interest in social history.
We edged out “The Help” to take the number one spot in paperback fiction that week. (I could bust!)
Every time I tell someone about my book, it inevitably leads to their telling me about how their families came to Canada or the United States. It seems there is an ever growing interest in genealogy and family histories. I am writing this blog to share the stories and resources that I discovered in the many years of research I did for the writing of Ravenscraig. This work was, and continues to be, a most gratifying journey that has helped me to learn where I came from, and who I am.
Family history and stories about those early years in the “new country” have always been of great interest to me. My family is Ukrainian Canadian, and I am a fifth generation descendent of the first group of 27 Ukrainian pioneer families that came to Manitoba to farm in 1896. We are, to this day, “peasant stock” as my mother proudly claims.
I was born and raised in Winnipeg, and enjoyed a long and exciting career in television and radio news in Calgary, Winnipeg and Montreal. I feel greatly privileged to have had a
“front row seat”, microphone in hand, to tell the stories of the newsmakers of the day, from homeless people, to captains of industry, to just plain decent people doing good things in the world. Well, and to be honest, to tell a great many stories about people who were not to be admired. Overall, I loved being in news and have a great respect for my friends who continue to work in the media.
I am also a Jew by choice, which came about, in large part, through my years of research into the history of Winnipeg’s Jewish community and the natural path I found to study Judaism. I celebrated conversion in Florida in 2005.
I invite your comments and questions, and hope that I can connect you to information that you find inspiring, interesting or perhaps a sought-after missing piece of your own history.
Thanks for stopping by.
By the way, for those from Winnipeg, my mom, Mary Krawchenko, (seen here with my daughter, Katiana Krawchenko) is someone you might remember as Mrs. K.
She started a very popular business in 1970, making pizzas and perogies. My dad, Carl Krawchenko, of blessed memory, owned Frontier Meat and Packing Ltd, then later, Carl Krawchenko Equipment Co., and was a partner in Superior Cheese.