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Photo de Wilma Gertrude ALLISON
Fiche créée le : 2009-06-25
Wilma Gertrude ALLISON
Père : Allison
Décès le : 2009-06-25
Parution : 2009-07-19
Conjoint(e) : Don STEWART, Michael DARE
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

STEWART DARE, Dr. Wilma G. "Some people use their minds to further a cause, some their energy and some their hearts. You have used all three for which we are all truly grateful." A colleague's tribute, 1994. "Billie" to her family and friends, Wilma Gertrude Allison was born Sept 9, 1920 in Toronto and died in Victoria on June 25, 2009. Billie followed her parents' wishes and entered medical school at the University of Toronto, graduating with the silver medal in 1943. Billie put her medical degree to good use beginning as an officer in the Armed Forces, working with the Defence Research Board and finally in her longest held position with the Canada Pension Plan. A consummate career woman, Billie's most accomplished achievement however was her ability to create two loving homes for the families that she had and later married into. Billie married Don Stewart in Ottawa in 1946, raising two sons, Richard and Andrew. Widowed in 1973, Billie found love again five years later with General Michael Dare and expanded her stable of "boys" with five stepsons, John, Michael Jr., Bill, Patrick and Rick. She made a special effort to be close to the women who married her sons, Colleen Casey Stewart (Richard), Lynn Cummings (Andrew) and Deirdre Dare (Patrick), and to Mike Dare's stepdaughters, Diana Ryback and Cathy Boyes. Later the family grew with the arrival of grandchildren Brendan, Brianna, Christopher, D'Arcy, Jane Anne, Emily, Alex and Camie. Billie's commitment to health care was realized by serving in numerous positions as a hospital trustee and board member of many organizations, assuming leadership roles such as Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association. Billie was proud of supporting the creation of the Palliative Care Unit at the Elisabeth Bruyere Health Centre and her work on the Ottawa-Carleton District Health Council. When she and Mike moved to Victoria, she became a board member of the Victoria Hospice Society. Billie derived much enjoyment from her garden, entertaining and the support of family and friends. She enjoyed the easy camaraderie of her "Bridge Buddies" at Parkwood Place. A bright spark came into her life in when she met Christina Addo, a Licensed Practical Nurse who was hired to provide care assistance and eventually became like a daughter to her. Another invaluable support to Billie was Dr. Ted Rosenberg and his team. This exemplary service was continued when Billie was admitted to the Victoria Hospice Unit for the final week of her life. As per Billie's request there will be no service. We invite people to remember her in their own way, perhaps by raising a glass of cheer in her honour. In her memory, we invite you to donate to the Bruyere Foundation, 43 Bruyere St., Ottawa, Ont. K1N 5C8. Published in the Ottawa Citizen from 7/19/2009- 7/21/2009

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