Zenovia (Zen) Irene Skibinski (nee Dubick)


January 2, 1928 – November 23, 2023

Zenovia (Zen) Irene Dubick Skibinski passed away peacefully in The Teddington Retirement Residence, Toronto, on November 23, 2023. She is predeceased by her husband Rev. Michael (2012), her father Dimitro, her mother Anne, and her sister Amelia. She is survived by her brother Myron Dubick, nephew Keith (Helen) and niece Tanya. From a young age Zen enjoyed participating in church activities and family gatherings during Ukrainian Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Easter.

She met her husband Michael at United College in Winnipeg and together they began their long careers in the service of the United Church of Canada. Graduating from Emmanuel College with her Master of Divinity degree in 1981, Zen was ordained by Toronto Conference in May that same year. She has served pastoral charges in Toronto including Parkdale United Church.

 Sharing a strong passion for social justice with Mike, Zen wrote about Canada’s internment of Ukrainians in her contribution to the UCC Advent resource Birthing the Promise (1997), and

about her complex Ukrainian identity in the Canadian Council of Churches volume Cracking Open White Identity towards Transformation (2012). A faithful member of Fairlawn Avenue United Church in Toronto, Zen was active in its women’s spirituality group, where her wisdom about life and sense of humour were much appreciated. She will be missed by many whom she mentored over the years.


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