Memoriam

BPW Clubs are invited to recognize and honour club members who have passed. BPW member contributions are recognized at the biennial memorial service conducted at the National Convention.

In Memoriam Donations

Women Offering Resources and Knowledge (W.O.R.K.) is a Memorial Fund affiliated with BPW Canada and helps clubs host educational events for members and community through its funding. W.O.R.K. is a Charitable Organization registered with Canada Revenue Agency.

Donations can be made in memory of loved ones through W.O.R.K. and charitable donation receipts will be issued. Donation cheques can be mailed to the W.O.R.K. Treasurer, #109 16080 82 Ave. Surrey, B.C. V4N 0N6, or to pay via credit card or PayPal, submitted through www.canadahelps.org resulting in an immediate tax receipt and also the option of sending a virtual card.


2016

Welland, ON: Linda Armburst, member of BPW Welland and former provincial president of Ontario (1991-1992), was very passionate about resolutions at BPW.

Belleville, ON: Dorothy Brown was the charter member in 1950 of the Belleville club and served for a term as provincial president of Ontario.

Cambridge, ON - Elisabeth Rose Clare was a long time member of 46 years and served as president of the Cambridge club (1983-1985). Libby was a Life member of BPW

Brampton, ON -Olga Gill passed away while serving as National Secretary.  Her previous involvement at BPW included being President of BPW Toronto, historian and secretary for BPW Ontario & Canada, as well as Chairperson for Resolutions.

Toronto, ON -Henrietta Green was a long time member of BPW (since 1972).  She served as treasurer of BPW Toronto and as President for two consecutive terms (1999-2003).


2014

Brampton, ON - Marcia Ruth Barhydt

Brampton, ON - Anne Felesko

Medicine Hat, AB - Violet Lee Grace, a member of BPW since 1968,  passed away July 30, 2013. To read her full obituary, click here.

Regina, SK - Eleanore King, long time member of BPW, passed away January 29, 2014. Eleanore was the moving force behind the first Careers Unlimited event over 30 years ago. She was the president of BPW Regina at one time, and attended many national and international BPW meetings on behalf of the club. She was a delight to know and work with and will be greatly missed.


2012

Toronto, ON- Doris Elsie (Woolcott) Gyatt Ph.D. (See attached Obiturary); BPW Canada Past President

BPW  Canada Past President

Doris Guyatt, a member of the Toronto club for over 30 years, was President of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women from 1990 to 1992.

 

 

 

 

 

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Memories:  
A charming, smart and efficient lady, Doris was always ready to answer questions, give wise advice or say a gracious word, even when she could no longer attend events.

My favourite memory of Doris is from the 1992 Convention in Winnipeg. After a wardrobe change on a busy day, the always impeccably groomed President Doris showed up with mismatched earrings. Nothing much was said then, but by the next morning the word had spread and she faced a room full of delegates who had adopted the new fashion. It took a while for Doris to realize what we'd done and then we all had the biggest laugh of that Convention.

Fran Donaldson
Past President/ancienne présidente, BPW Canada RR #4 Picton ON K0K 2T0
   

2010

Vancouver, BC – Emily Davies and Phyllis Mortimer

Emily Davies

   Picture1                     Emily passed away on December 23, 2009, aged 92
  • She  was a Veteran of WWII, serving with the Queen Alexandra Imperial military nursing service in Burma and India.
  • Immigrated to Canada in 1952, working as a public health nurse until her retirement.
  • A member of the Burma Star, St. John Ambulance,  the Vancouver Council of Women. the Vancouver Welsh Society and the Cambrian singers.
  • Became a convert to computers and e-mail when over 80 and an inspiration to every older member of BPW to "adapt" .                                             

 

Phillis Mortimer  

         
  • Phyllis passed  away  on November 8, 2009 at the age of 92
  • The first woman to ever achieve the rank of Sergeant with Vancouver Police
  • Achievement: largely responsible for female officers getting pay equity with the men.                        
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Duncan, BC – Irene Hall

 

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  • Irene died February 25th  2009, short 2 months of her 104th Birthday
  • Life Member of BPW Duncan ,involved since 1945.
  • A member of the board of Duncan and District Association for the Mentally Handicapped.
  • Honours: BPW Duncan Woman of the Month (1987); Canada Certificate of Merit (1988);   Certificate and Medal recognizing her significant contribution to Community and Canada as part of the 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada (1992).; UNICEF 20 year pin (1985).


Kamloops, BC – Frances Fraser & Dorothy Schofield

Frances Fraser Dorothy Schofiled
  • Frances passed away on  October 14, 2008, aged 96.
  • A teacher by profession
  • BPW member for 37 years, serving as both Kamloops  president and Regional Director
  • Member of the Kamloops Garden Club
           •  Dorothy passed away on February 10, 2010 at  the age of 83.
          •   Charter President of BPW Kamloops (1949)
     Activities:
  • Foster mother
  • Active in United Church
  • Canvasser for Red Cross & Heart & Stroke Foundation
  • Eastern Star
  • Helped expand & update Heritage Park
  • Helped with & participated in Senior Games

Penticton, BC – Ruth Brooks & Elaine Cash-Rumbell & Vera Davies & Marge Donovan & Elinor Fitzpatrick & Donna Roth

 

Winnipeg, MN – Irene Elizabeth Grant
Moncton, NB – Elaine Burke-Gauvin
Brampton, ON – Kay Simpson
Sudbury, ON – Elizabeth (Betty) Freelandt & Diane Daigle & Kathryn Volf
Quebec Metro, PQ – Claudette Blauchet


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BPW Clubs are invited to recognize and honour club members who have passed, by having the member's contributions recognized at the bi-annual memorial service conducted at the National Convention.

Donations to a memorial fund in honour of a member's passion and commitment to BPW are welcome.

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