It is with regret we announce the passing of Joan Margaret Sutcliffe on February 15, 2016 at the age of 93 years. She was born in Winnipeg in 1922 to Dorothy Kezia Balderson and John Sutcliffe. Joan is predeceased by her parents and brother, Richard Sutcliffe as well as her lifetime friend Marilyn Fane. Joan completed nurse’s training at Winnipeg General Hospital and then moved to BC to work in Maternity at Vancouver General Hospital. She also worked for a time at the Bralorne Mines Hospital. She completed a diploma in Public Health from UBC in 1950 and joined the Provincial Public Health Service. Joan received her BN from McGill in 1960 and accepted a position with the Upper Fraser Valley Health District as Nursing Supervisor in 1962. She retired from the position of Public Health Nursing Supervisor and Acting Health District Director in 1981.
Joan was deeply involved in the community. With the Local Council of Women, she worked with them to develop the beginnings of the Chilliwack Homemakers Service and Chilliwack Community Services. She was also deeply committed to her faith, acting in many roles on Parish Councils, both at St. John’s Anglican, Sardis and St. Thomas’ Anglican, Chilliwack. She was the first woman Rector’s Warden in the province, possibly in all of Canada. A great honour for a woman at the time. Joan was also one of the first women elected as a delegate to the Annual synod of the Diocese of New Westminster. More recently, Joan was a member of the joint Anglican- United Church Leadership Development Committee.
Joan received many honours and awards throughout her life. She received a Meritorius Service award from Canadian Public Health and Honourary Membership in Soroptomist International. She was Chilliwack’s “Woman of the Year” in 1986, and she received the Paul Harris Fellowship-Rotary International Award in 1987. She also received the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster in 2009 and a Certificate of Recognition from Elder College in 2013. She had many interests and channeled those interests to the betterment of the community around her. Memorial Services will be held at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church, 46048 Gore Rd. on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 11:00 am with a reception to follow in the Church Hall.
Henderson’s Funeral Home, in care of arrangements, 604-792-1344
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