October 28, 2021
Orchard Lake, MI — The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools is pleased to announce Ania Bieciuk as its new Administrator of Polonia Affairs. Bieciuk will coordinate activities and programs with organizations in Poland and throughout Polonia in the United States.
“Ania is the ideal person to work with and coordinate these efforts,” explained Richard Walawender, Chairman of the Polish Mission Board. “As we implement our plans to become a Center for Polonia in North America, Ania’s political, policy, and cultural background in Michigan and Poland will be a tremendous asset to the Polish Mission, Orchard Lake, and Polonia at large.”
Prior to joining the Polish Mission, Bieciuk served as the Vice President of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce Michigan and as the Director of Communications and Social Media at the Polish American Leadership-Political Action Committee. Bieciuk also served as the Coalition Chair for Rick Snyder for Governor and held positions in Constituent Relations and Strategic Policy in the Executive Office of Governor.
“I appreciate the Polish Mission Board’s confidence in me, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve such a great organization,” said Bieciuk. “Polonia holds a special place in my heart, and I am honored to continue our Polish legacy and tradition at Orchard Lake. I am especially grateful to my parents, family, and the Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School for cultivating a lifelong appreciation for the Polish language, history, and culture.”
Bieciuk attended Michigan State University, James Madison College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Cultures and Politics with a specialization in Russia and Eastern Europe. She was a 2013 Fellow of the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University. She also has a Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan Cooley Law School.
The Polish Mission is a cultural institution within the Orchard Lake Schools, which was established in 1885 by Fr. Joseph Dabrowski. Originally known as the “Polish Seminary,” the Orchard Lake Schools was founded with the support of Polish immigrants, and Polonia has helped sustain the institution ever since. The Polish Mission was established with the goal to promote Polish language, culture, tradition, and history for present and future generations. The Polish Mission organizes programs, courses, and events that promote Polish and Polish American culture and accomplishments and maintains a repository for artifacts, archival materials, works of art, and publications. It also recognizes that Polish culture and Catholicism are inextricably linked.
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