October 14, 1917 – August 13, 2011
Dawn passed peacefully with her daughter at her side. Predeceased by her husband James Ernest, grandson Andrew, and sisters Mildred and Priscilla. She is survived by her children Douglas (Marge), Jim (Christine), Rick and Catheryn (Len); grandchildren Tammy, Valerie, Jacqueline, Michael, Brendan and Trevor; great-granddaughter, Christin; brother Frank (Winn) and sister Edith (Art).
Dawn grew up in Winnipeg and moved to Victoria in 1947 to marry Ernie. For over thirty years, they provided a home for many children. They were named Foster Parents of the Year in 1977 in recognition of their service to children and the community. Dawn accepted everyone for who they were, found the positive in others and always offered her support.
Over the years, she spent countless hours supporting her community. She worked with others to start a local food bank, was active in local politics, and volunteered at the Priory and Queen Alexandria Solarium to name a few. She was also a lifetime member of the Women’s Institute and a longstanding member of Legion Branch #91 Ladies Auxiliary. Dawn was very special to many people and will be missed.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Priory for their respectful and compassionate care. At Dawn’s request, there will be no service. If desired, donations may be made to a local charity of your choice in her memory.