A historian and retired teacher with over 40 years of experience, Ms. Valentina Kuryliw has dedicated her life to education. For over 16 years, Ms. Kuryliw has spent her summers volunteering in order to offer additional qualification courses for history teachers in Ukraine, focusing on teaching history using critical thinking skills and interactive methods.
The textbook written by Ms. Kuryliw, entitled “Metodyka vykladannya istorii” or “Methodology for Teaching History”, received the Ministry of Education of Ukraine recommendation
(2008) to be used for training teachers in institutes and universities in Ukraine.
Ms. Kuryliw has been the Chair of the National Holodomor Education Committee of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress since 2009, and was recently appointed Director of the Holodomor
Research and Education Consortium (HREC). Ms. Kuryliw has conducted In-Service Teacher Training sessions across Canada on the Holodomor and Internment for professional organizations and school boards, spending years developing Holodomor teaching materials, including a Teaching Kit and Workbook for educators in Canada.