Kopernik Foundation began thanks to a group of dedicated individuals.

We could not have continued to achieve and grow without the ongoing giving of time and talents by other great people.

We wish to pay tribute to some of our outstanding contributors:


Dr. Stan Freyman
February 4, 1936 – January 2, 2005

Abraham Lincoln said – Whatever you are, be a good one and Albert Einstein said – Only a life lived for others is worth living – those are maxims that I would put my paint brushes in to paint a picture of Stan Freyman.

Stan as we the Board members knew him was a man of keen intellect, with unfailing and passionate commitment to the cause of Polish community.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Kopernik Foundation for over 19 years in a capacity of a member , chairperson and lately as vice chair. With a great pride and incredible dedication he carried a torch that his late mother and Mrs. Filipowicz put a flame to it; a torch for Kopernik Lodge and Kopernik Apartments.

Stan tirelessly was clicking hundreds of kilometres from Chiliwack to Vancouver to be present at the Board meeting and I don’t remember a single meeting that Stan missed. He had a very high knowledge of health care system and of Kopernik operations.

His input to the Board was of great value and I myself treasured his opinions very much and discussed with him many difficult issues in private. He had a soft approach but had strong principles to which he adhered steadfastly. His departure creates a void that will be difficult to fill in it is a terrible loss to the Kopernik Foundation and to the Polish Community

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give and Stan gave a lot.

“Choice not a chance determines one’s destiny” – unknown
“If fate closes a door go thru the window” – unknown

The Board of Directors
January 2005