Ms. Lilian Blacharski
It is with deep sadness that the Board of Directors mourns the passing of M. Kopernik Foundation Board Member Lilian Blacharski.
Lilian passed away suddenly on Dec 18, 2021 at the age of 57. Her death shocked us all. Lilian joined the Foundation Board in 2011 and served for 9 years. After a one year break, she was elected to the Board again in Sept 2021. At our last Board meeting on Dec 16 Lilian participated as usual, sharing her well-reasoned opinions on the future of Kopernik. It wouldn’t have occurred to any of us that this was the last time we would hear her voice. Yet, only two days later the Lord called her home.
By volunteering her time and talent, Lilian showed selfless commitment to Kopernik and to the Polish-Canadian community. Her personal warmth and cheerful disposition made it a pleasure to work with her and to be around her. We will remember Lilian with warm thoughts and memories. May she rest in eternal peace!
It is only fitting to end this tribute with a quote from Lilian’s memorial card:
“Let’s hurry to love people, they pass away so quickly”
Fr. Jan Twardowski
I was born and raised in Vancouver, and I continue to live here.
Kopernik is dear to my heart since it is part of my heritage and childhood. I clearly remember being there for the laying of the cornerstone and I wish to continue the work of the pioneering members of the Polish community. I served for 9 years on the board from 2011 to 2020.
I am an active lifelong member of St. Casimir’s Church where I serve regularly on the readers’ list as well as volunteering during the annual Parish Days where I have become an expert on the cotton candy machine.
I was a member of the Polish Scouting organization (Zwiazek Harcerstwa Polskiego Swiat) both as a participant and leader and have achieve the “podharcmistrzyni” level. Through this organization I have taken part in many leadership courses and scouting events. Locally, from 1982 to 2009, I lead the weekly meeting as well as organizing the program and menu and shopping for camping trips. I continue to be involved with the Polish Scouting organization of a national and international level.
In my profession life, since 1989, I have worked for George Third & Son, a local steel fabricator. After obtaining a certificate of Steel Detailing from VCC, I have worked at George Third & Son in a variety of roles including: drafting, material take-offs and estimating, project management, document control, and purchasing. I have worked on many landmark projects ranging from hundreds of dollars to millions, such as Rogers Arena, Safeco Field, and the Telus Garden. Through professional organizations related to the steel industry, I have taken numerous courses expanding my knowledge.
I speak English and Polish as well as some basic French and Spanish.
I am proficient in Excel, Word, and Fabtrol (steel estimating, document control, and material system.)
With the urging of the Polish Canadian Women’s Federation, I competed a food safety course so I can safely volunteer for kitchen duties.