Birthday earns greeting from the Queen

Dorothy Panchuk celebrates her 100th birthday this year

Dorothy Panchuk with the greeting she received from Queen Elizabeth

Dorothy Panchuk with the greeting she received from Queen Elizabeth

Dorothy (Pohoreski) Panchuk is celebrating her 100th birthday this year.

Born Nov. 19, 1915 in Manitoba, Panchuk moved to Vernon around 1972 with her husband John, from Prince Albert, Sask.

She has been a very active member of the Vernon community.  Some of her activities include president for many years of the Red Cross Auxiliary and president of the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Women’s Club.

She also enjoyed playing in the Seniors Back Yard band for many years with her mandolin, and entertained seniors at the Schubert Centre among many other venues.

She has been  renowned for her baking and craft skills, winning several prizes for her pies and Easter egg decorations.

For her 100th birthday, Panchuk received well wishes from the Queen, and this milestone was also mentioned on Global TV.

She celebrated her birthday with family and friends.

Her large family includes four children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Panchuk currently resides in the Gateby Senior Centre in Vernon.

“Congratulations, Dorothy!”