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Alberta's former parliamentarian Gene Zwozdesky has died


Alberta's former parliamentarian Gene Zwozdesky has died. He was 70 years old.

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Gene Zwozdesky, in the Alberta Legislative Assembly and a former MLA of six months, respected and admired, died on Sunday.

"At her service, in our province, in the Ukrainian community, and in Alberta music, Gene Zwozdesky contributed so much, she contributed so much and she was too fast," Premier Rachel Notley tweeted on Sunday afternoon.

Zwozdesky cancer died Sunday morning. He was 70 years old.

He was born in Nipawin, Sask., Moved to Zwozdesky as a toddler and moved to Edmonton before settling in small towns.

He was a great teacher, musician, dancer, entrepreneur and volunteer, Zwozdesky was elected to the Parliament in 1993 as a Liberal representative of Edmonton-Avonmore riding south-east Edmonton. After the election of Liberal in 1997, in 1998, he crossed the land of the Conservatives of Progressive.

Zwozdesky Health and Conservative Welfare was progressive, aboriginal relations, education and community development. From 2012 to 2015 he was a Speaker. NDP defeated Denise Woollard in the 2015 provincial elections.

Homages paid on Sunday to the social networks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Zwozdesky's contributions are said to be "always remembered" by Alberta and its community communities.

Heather Klimchuk, the latest PC MLA, has been known for 40 years by Zwozdesky, through the participation of Ukrainian politics and children's dance. He was a consultant during the successful execution of his office in 2008, he said.

The veteran MLA Klimch taught three things: "to be kind, kind and kind," he said on Sunday afternoon.

He was drawn to the love of public policy, and especially when he served the loudspeaker, when he had to make hard decisions, he said.

Following the 2015 elections, he instructed the new MLAs and swore the NDP government, he said.

"He served so well and he certainly inspired me," said Klimchuk. "I hope that the next people are inspired by the candidates, the kind and the respect they work hard for."

A wonderful Mandolin and a ukulele player, Zwozdesky PC MLA with Richard Starke and his accordion back to Caucus, said. One of his favorite memories When Zwozdesky organized an MLA choir, Christmas songs were tired during the legislature.

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While Albert's acquaintance with Zwozdesky's political career, John Pichlyk's best memory was in the 1970s and 1980s. Zwozdesky was a dancer and conducting musician.

He was glad to be a perfectionist, sometimes reviewing thousands of melodies folk, to find the right knot for emotional choreography, said Pichly, Shumka's artistic director from 1982 to 1996.

"(He was himself) a very brilliant man," he said. "We ignored logic and jumped two feet to create a common goal."

Zwozdesky was aware and passionate about Ukrainian history and culture, and kindly mentored other artists, he said. Pichlyk said one of Shumka's greatest compositions, a "hopes" musician, often a triumphant and powerful winner.

"When you hear playing music, I see life is completely famous," said Pichlyk. "I see men in a baton, this orchestra leads to the rhythm of one's own, ending the end of the last note, and a small infectious smile comes out. He sits in the pit, he looks at the dancers and that boy."

On the 70th anniversary of July, Zwozdesky said he was still composing and playing music and volunteering in 21 countries, including the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada. On Sunday, the day was dead, it was the Orthodox Christmas Eve. It is an important date for the Christian Orthodox islands.

She moved to Christine Zwozdesky, two children and three grandchildren.

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