Sylvia Fedoruk

Sylvia Olga Fedoruk, OC, SOM ( born May 5, 1927 in Canora, Saskatchewan, † 26 September 2012 in Saskatoon ) was a Canadian physicist and curler. From 1988 to 1994 she was Deputy Governor of the province of Saskatchewan.


The daughter of Ukrainian immigrants studied physics at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1951 she began to work for the Cancer Hospital of Saskatoon. She specialized in nuclear medicine and research in the field of medical use of radioactive isotopes. From 1973, she was at her university professor of physics. Fedoruk was a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency in the field of nuclear medicine, the first female member of the Canadian Society of Nuclear Medicine and the first woman in the Canadian Atomic Energy Control Authority.

In addition, Fedoruk was a successful curler. She was a member of the team that in 1961, the first Tournament of Hearts, the Canadian women's championship, won. From 1971 to 1972, she chaired the Canadian Women's Curling Association. In 1986 she was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, one year later, the Order of Canada. Also in 1986 she was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. Governor General Jeanne Sauvé sworn Fedoruk on 7 September 1988 as Deputy Governor of Saskatchewan. She was the first woman to hold this prestigious office and practiced it out until 31 May 1994.