Former UCC Alberta President, ex-MLA Dave Broda dies in car crash (Updated)

From the Edmonton Journal:

Former Redwater MLA Dave Broda was killed in a road accident Sunday night.

It is known that Broda attended a barbecue dinner near Mundare earlier Sunday evening. The event was sponsored by the Canada-Ukraine Chamber of Commerce.

"He was significantly involved in his community in many ways. He was a proud Canadian-Ukrainian," said Brian Gifford, chairman of Alberta’s Surface Rights Board.

In 2002, when he was the chairman of the Advisory Council on Alberta-Ukraine Relations, Broda joined Klein on a five-day mission to Ukraine. It was the first official visit made by an Alberta premier to the eastern European country.

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Broda also served as President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta chapter in 2005 and was mentioned on their website:

It is with much sadness that the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council must share the news of the sudden passing of Mr. Dave Broda. Former UCC-APC President, and a former Member of the Legislative Assembly in Alberta, Dave was a dedicated volunteer in our community.  His wisdom, guidance and good nature will be very much missed by us all. On behalf of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council, our Board of Directors and member organizations, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dave Broda. Dave will be remembered as a great Albertan and Ukrainian Canadian who loved this province and his Ukrainian heritage. He served his constituents and community honourably. He was a strong team player, an excellent communicator and problem-solver. His commitment to local communities and councils showed time and time again his dedication and passion towards his endeavours. We encourage everyone to watch for announcements of funeral arrangements. Vichnaya Pam’yat. Вічна Йому пам’ять. Daria Luciw, UCC-APC President

He was 65 years old.

Update: More from the Edmonton Sun:

Broda served as an MLA from 1997 to 2004. He was also president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress’ Alberta branch and remained an active member in the local Ukrainian community.

He was also proud of his Ukrainian roots, said Minister of Health and Wellness Gene Zwozdesky.

"Dave was a cultural and religious community-minded person," he said. "He enjoyed and was very proud of his Ukrainian roots. We often joked in Ukrainian and, on certain occasions, reflected on our trip to Ukraine when we helped organize the first trip by an Alberta premier to (the country) in 2002."

Broda’s legacy will be the report he penned in 1999 on long-term care in the province, Zwozdesky added.

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