Planned giving

Thorne Shindler: A kind-hearted “Mr. Fix-It”

Thorne Shindler had an unbounded enthusiasm for life: he could fix almost anything, built his own cabin on Hollyburn Mountain, and became an accomplished ice-dancer in his 50’s! Thorne was born and raised in Vancouver. He married his high school sweetheart, Marge, and worked at a variety of jobs during his life. Due to heart […]

Corry Koster: Accountant with a heart of gold

Cornelia Margaretha Stephanie Koster (Corry) was one of six children born to a baker in Holland. The Koster family immigrated to Canada a few years after the end of World War II and settled in Ontario. Corry completed high school, then took night school courses to earn an accounting designation while working full time. Over […]

Sheila Patricia Graham: A legacy for nurses

Sheila Patricia Graham, best known as Pat, attended St. Paul’s School of Nursing and received her nursing diploma on August 22, 1940. She was proud to be a nurse and to work her entire 36-year career as a registered nurse at St. Paul’s. Pat had many friends from St. Paul’s and was an enthusiastic member of the St. Paul’s […]

Vaughn Rundle: A proud nursing graduate

Vaughn (Vonnie) Rundle (nee Aubin) came, with her best friend, to St. Paul’s School of Nursing from the French-Canadian town of Lafleche, Saskatchewan shortly after high school graduation. For the remainder of her life, one of Vonnie’s proudest accomplishments was her graduation from St. Paul’s in 1954: not bad for a small-town girl from Saskatchewan! While still […]

Ed & Judy Lye: Family first

For Charles Edward Lye and Judith Anne Lye, née McLennan, better known as “Ed” and “Judy”, a strong family life and participation in community were everything. The BC-born-and-raised couple met while Judy was working night shifts as a nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital where she had also done her nurse’s training. The couple married in 1964 […]

Winifred Mary Hayes: A friend to Holy Family Hospital

Winifred Mary Hayes, nee Marsden, otherwise known as “Winn” began life in North Vancouver. After high school graduation she became part of the self-named “North Van ferry gang” as she rode the ferry, with other young women, to attend classes at the Duffus Business School in Vancouver. The ferry gang continued meeting for years and […]

Margaret Isabelle Brown: Seeing people through

Margaret Isabelle Brown, long known as “Brownie” to her friends and as “Miss Brown” to her students, was an elementary school teacher, a racehorse owner, a smart dresser and a lifetime member of the Pacific National Exhibition (the PNE)! Brownie was born and raised in Maple Ridge to a family that was proud of their […]

Jab Sidhoo – A Champion for Cardiovascular Research

Ajaib Jab Sidhoo, long known as “Jab”, came to Canada at age seven from the Punjab province of India. He attended a one-room school on Vancouver Island and worked in a saw mill when he wasn’t in school. A budding entrepreneur, Jab saved his pay from the mill and bought a car when he was […]

Valerie Blunt – A Force to be Reckoned With!

Valerie Marie Bunt (“Val”) was born and raised in North Vancouver along with her eight brothers and sisters – the children of Violet and Bertrand Rogers. The family’s values of honesty and hard work were not lost on Val and she was known for her ability to roll up her sleeves and lead the way, […]

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Bette Cotton — A Gardener from Coast to Coast

Dorothy Elizabeth Cotton, best known as Bette, was born and raised in Dalhousie, New Brunswick. She began her long trek west when she left home to attend what is now known as Concordia University, in Montreal. Bette studied business at Concordia and there she met her future husband, Frederick Rowan Cotton. The couple married in […]