Yukon Transportation Museum Presentation - June 11, 2017
Ewa is a Yukon adventurer whose travels have taken her trekking across the Canadian high arctic, climbing up the slopes of Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro and kayaking over Alaskan waters on the Pacific coast. Her latest expedition was inspired by a deeply personal family story - the forced deportation of her mother from Poland during WWII. Ewa will share some general information on why bicycles are the perfect slow travel vehicle, while highlighting some of her experiences on the 8000 km trip from Poland through Central Asia and into Iran.
Huffington Post: Agents of Change - 5 Captivating Souls Generating Positive Change. By Greg Archer 06.04.2015 Eight-thousand kilometers, eight countries, six months—on a bicyle? And all to mark the 75th anniversary of Polish exiles from the early 1940s? Now that’s something that is just begging for a closer look.
It's not something many people are inclined to celebrate — this year's 75th anniversary of Stalin's mass deportation of Poles to Siberia.
But two Yukoners are choosing to commemorate and honour those exiles this summer by retracing their journey, on bikes. Ewa Dembek and Lee Carruthers plan to cycle 8,000 kilometers from Warsaw, Poland to Iran.
One of those Polish exiles was Dembek's mother.
A Whitehorse cyclist is re-creating a tragic route her mother took during the Second World War. Ewa Dembek plans to cycle from Poland to Iran to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Stalin's plan to relocate tens of thousands of people from Poland to work camps in northern Russia. She and Lee Carruthers told Sandi Coleman more about it.