User:Bzuk is Bill Zuk in "reel" and real life. In the past, and sometimes present and future, I have been an author, filmmaker, historian, photographer and artist. Much of my life has been spent as an educator, sharing a passion for writing, history and aviation with both children and adults. Long-time Winnipeg resident, I received a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education from the University of Manitoba.
Working primarily as a teacher/librarian for Manitoba school divisions, I also taught Art, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies and created new libraries in three different school divisions as well as integrating a computer curriculum. I also conducted research for the Manitoba Textbook Bureau, Television Ontario, Manitoba Department of Education and Prentice-Hall of Canada. Publications include: Family Treasures Project, Story-Vine literature enrichment program, Convention Game, Election Simulation and Student Activity Blocks. During a two year period, I was the co-chair of I Love to Read Days Reading Festivals in Winnipeg, public relations coordinator for Canadian Images 2/Media and Technology in Education in Canada Conference. I am also the past chair of the Winnipeg Public Library Board and sit on the Assiniboia Library Advisory Committee in Winnipeg.
As a pilot and aviation writer, I served as the Executive Director and Training Coordinator for the Manitoba Aviation Council. In this capacity, I developed a training syllabus for the Manitoba aviation industry, training approximately 1,200 students annually. I am also a current executive member of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, director at the Air Cadet League of Canada, vice-chair of the Manitoba Soaring Association, Chair of the Mynarski Statue Project, Associate Historian for the Royal Canadian Air Force and a volunteer at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. The Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar flying saucer mock-up built for the Discovery Canada television documentary now resides there.
For over 30 years, I was the owner/operator of Timeless Memories Photography, and the official photographer for the Winnipeg International Air Show. I have also written extensively for aviation magazines worldwide, and was the editor of the trade journal, Western Canada Aviation & Aerospace, and currently the editor of the History Newsreel of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, I am also a contributor to Wings and Helicopters magazines.
- Janusz Zurakowski: A Legend in the Skies, 2007 (Canadian edition, 2004, Polish Edition 2010)
- The Avro Arrow Story, 2006
- The Avro Arrow: The Story of an Incredible Plane... 2004
- Avrocar: Canada’s Flying Saucer, 2001
- How Women Won the Vote in Manitoba, 1978 (Video/Kit)
As a documentary screenwriter, director and consultant, 18 films to date are in my resume, including:
- Winnipeg's Lost Airport, MTS AllStream, 2016
- As Close as Brothers, MTS Allstream, 2010
- Bearing his Soul: Gerry “The Big Bear” Barrett, CTV 2003
- Zero Over the Prairies, CTV/PBS, 2003
- Avrocar: Flying Saucer Secrets for the Past, Discovery Canada, 2002
- How Women Won the Vote, 1976
|The Original Barnstar|
|For your tireless work creating, editing and improving Wikipedia's coverage of aircraft. Snowman 17:33, 5 August 2007 (UTC)|
|The Guidance Barnstar|
|For always helping me when i bungle with citation and adding references and just helping me clean up what I put into articles thanks!Shashenka (talk) 16:35, 16 September 2012 (UTC)|
|The Copyeditor's Barnstar|
|I'm usually just so proud of myself that I even cite something at all, that I forget the details. Thank You for always making my citations look their best. --Colputt 02:30, 12 September 2007 (UTC)|
|The Original Barnstar|
|Great work updating aviation-related articles. Cheers,JetLover (Report a mistake) 04:19, 20 November 2007 (UTC)|
|I hereby present this Plenary Indulgence to Bzuk |
in recognition of all his patience during this November 2007 --EH101 (talk) 15:07, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
|The Working Man's Barnstar|
|For taking on the thankless task of cleaning up the references in F-4 Phantom II non-U.S. operators - thanks! Ahunt (talk) 19:18, 11 May 2008 (UTC)|
|For great work re-writing, formatting and generally fixing Hughes H-1 Racer. This is actually harder to do than writing a new article from scratch! - Ahunt (talk) 14:23, 3 March 2009 (UTC)|
|The Special Barnstar|
|To Bzuk, Thanks for making me laugh LOL:) Banrockstation (talk) 14:24, 9 March 2009 (UTC)|
|For exemplary text and reference expansion work on Aluminum Overcast. - Ahunt (talk) 17:44, 4 August 2009 (UTC)|
|The Citation Barnstar|
|For swiftly finding and adding a whole mess of references to British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. - Ahunt (talk) 14:18, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
|The Original Barnstar|
|Quite an improvement, and well worth an old-school first-generation barnstar. Good show. Lockley (talk) 18:56, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
|The WikiProject Film Award|
|I, Onel5969 (talk), hereby award Bzuk the WikiProject Film Award for his/her valued contributions to WikiProject Film. This barnstar is in recognition for your excellent work on expanding the stub article, Without Orders. Nice job, and excellent community spirit!
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