Biographies of Piast Institute Staff, Directors and Fellows

Zofia Sylwanowicz Ładak
Zofia Sylwanowicz Ładak
Community Organizer
Board of Directors

Zosia, a retired librarian for the city of Warren, was born in London and raised in Flint, Michigan. Her parents were among the many Poles forcibly taken to Russia in 1940, during the early part of World War II. Leaving the Soviet Union later in the war, they joined the Polish army in exile in the Middle East and ended up in England before coming to America.

Zosia earned a Humanities degree from Michigan State University and a Master of Library Science from Wayne State University.

She has been active in Detroit’s Polish scouting organization since grade school and continues to serve as a senior scouting instructor and advisor. For the past 30 years she has been instrumental in setting up and helping to run summer camp (or “akcja letnia”) for Polish brownies and girl scouts at Białowieża Camp in Michigan’s Thumb area.

For more than 20 years she was a member of the board of directors of the PAC Federal Credit Union (formerly the Polish American Congress Federal Credit Union), serving terms as board chairman, vice-chairman, secretary and membership officer. She was also an active member of the Friends of the Warren Library, having served as president, vice president and secretary, and was recently appointed by the mayor of Warren to the Warren Library Commission.

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