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In Memoriam: Danuta Buczynski († October 26, 2021)

Danuta was an outstanding patron of the arts.  As President of the WMCT from 2001-2004, she led us during a period of remarkable growth in membership numbers, while overseeing four seasons of wonderful concert giving.  As an active member for years before that, she had initiated the Tuning Your Mind series of pre-concert lectures in partnership with the Faculty of Music at the U of T.   Later she chaired the planning for the special events and activities celebrating the 110th anniversary season. 

In 2019 she received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Distinguished Service Award for her even more extensive volunteer work for the Royal Ontario Museum.  Watch the ROM tribute video.                          

Born in France in 1937 and raised in Poland, she met Walter Buczynski in Warsaw in 1960.  He was a Canadian composition student, there on grants from the Polish state, and she was working for the government in handling foreign visitors.  They raised their family in midtown Toronto while he taught at the Faculty of Music, U of T, and she proudly and generously served her new country. Photo from the Funeral Home obituary.

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Vice-Regal Award for Danuta Buczynski

President of the WMCT 2001-2005, and chair of the 110th anniversary season celebrations, Danuta Buczysnki has received the Lieutenant Governor’s Distinguished Service Award as a ROM volunteer.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Distinguished Service Award is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a ROM volunteer. Danuta Buczynski has been a dedicated ROM volunteer since 1987. Over the past 30 years she has immersed herself in the life of the Museum, both as a DMV member and a member of the ROM Board of Trustees. Danuta served as President of the ROM Reproductions Association, Co-Chair of the ROM Governance Committee, and participated in numerous other committees, including the Collections, Engagement and Research Committee, the Bishop White Committee, the Textile Committee, and the DMV’s Centennial Fundraising Committee. She is also a long-time Royal Patrons Circle member and Currelly Legacy Society member.

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