2019 Hospodar & Hospodynia
Greg Syrnick & Lori Chomik
Welcome to the 46th annual Vegreville Pysanka Festival – a wonderful showcase of our vibrant Ukrainian arts and culture. We are very honoured to be your Hospodenia and Hospodar and are excited to return home to the festival that our family has been involved with, competed at and attended over many years. See you at the Festival!
– Lori Chomik and Greg Syrnick
Lori Chomik and Greg Syrnick are thrilled to be returning to Lori’s home town as the 46th Pysanka Festival’s Hospodynia and Hopsodar. This festival is very special to their family as they have competed, performed, volunteered, and attended many festivals since it’s inception.
Lori, daughter of Harry and Mary Chomik, was born and raised in Vegreville and was very involved in CYMK as a member of St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church (U.O.C.) plus dancing and singing from a young age. Preserving our history was always important to Lori and she worked as a Tour Guide for 3 years at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village. She fulfilled her love of singing by joining the Ukrainian Dnipro Ensemble of Edmonton for 5 years, performing in Kupalo and was the Props Manager for the choir’s presentation of the opera Zaporozhets. Lori secured provincial historical designation for the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church of St. Mary in Szypenitz – this is her mother’s family’s home church. In 1987, Lori moved to Calgary to complete her B.SW. degree to accompany her teaching certificate. She became an active member of St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Sobor singing in the choir, joining the Ukrainian Women’s Association and teaching Sunday School. Lori spent 5 years on the consistory of the U.O.C of Canada – the board governing the church nationally. She especially loved introducing the art of writing pysanky to her daughters’ classmates.
Greg grew up in Wadena, SK and attended Camp Tryzub Ukrainian summer camps at Crystal Lake as well as the Mohyla Institute Ukrainian Immersion Program. He sang with both the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral choir and the Lastiwka chorus in Saskatoon while he studied for his Computer Science degree at the University of Saskatchewan. After graduation he moved to Calgary for work and became active at St. Vladimir’s U.O.C. – eventually becoming a cantor and then choir conductor. Greg was a conductor in the 1991 “Glorious and Free” concert, he is an active participant and organizer of the annual Ukrainian Festival of Carols, and has participated at the annual Holodomor commemoration many times. Greg has been active in serving the church by holding a number of positions on the parish council for many years – including 3 years as president. He was recently honoured as a recipient of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Hetman Award in 2018.
Currently, Lori and Greg work and live in Calgary and have 2 daughters. Lori started her social work career with the Calgary Board of Education. She then pursued her interest in medical social work by joining Alberta Health Services, working in various hospitals and now at the Chronic Pain Centre. Greg was employed by a number of energy companies and major consulting firms and now works as a project management consultant. Together, Lori and Greg continue to volunteer at the church on various committees and in the broader Ukrainian community.