Major Oksana Kuzyshyn graduated from McGill University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics). She joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985 and completed her training as a Logistics Supply Officer.
Oksana deployed with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), Israel as the Supply Platoon Officer from 1998 – 1999. Upon her return, she was posted to Area Support Unit (ASU) Calgary where she was the Deputy Commanding Officer. In 2000 she was promoted to the rank of Major and was posted to Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies (CFSAS) Winnipeg as a staff officer. Major Kuzyshyn transferred to the Reserve Force in January 2001 and worked as the G4 Operations Officer 41 Canadian Brigade Group in Calgary. In September 2003, Oksana moved to Toronto and held a number of positions at Land Force Central Area. She deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in May 2004 and worked as the Logistics Plans Officer with the Stabilization Force (SFOR) headquarters in Sarajevo. In 2008, her husband’s career had the family moving back to Calgary, where Major Kuzyshyn returned to 41 CBG as the Community Affairs Officer. After the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, she deployed to the military headquarters of United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) as the U4 Logistics Operations Officer. Oksana is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Oksana has been working for the Federal Government as a contracts officer since her retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces in May 2014.
Oksana and her husband John moved to Montreal in 2017, where they plan to retire. Oksana is a member of the Ukrainian Youth Association CYM, a board member of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, an active member of the Ukrainian community in Montreal, and currently is the President of the League of Ukrainian Canadian Women.