A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN SEPTEMBER 1999……I am tying my bike up to a telephone pole across the street from SEESA; a few days prior I had a dream I was working at South East Edmonton Seniors Association. In my dream I was standing out on t he front steps looking for my son among the frolicking kids at the playground at Holyrood School. While tying up my bike a beautiful, graceful, cheery senior woman called out; “Who is that out side my house?” And out stepped Doris Steen. I introduced myself and told her what I was doing…”I have a job interview at the seniors centre, I wanted to ride my bike since it is so nice out, but I don't want the people at the centre to see me riding a bike to a job interview, they might think I am poor”. LOL! (Laugh Out Loud). I proceeded to the interview with John Pedden who was in charge of personnel at that time and before long I was hired as SEESA'S Outreach Worker. This was one of Doris Steen's favorite stories to tell. Doris and I were very close and I was saddened and shocked at her passing at 5 a.m. November 15, 2012. I can say that Doris was at peace with dying and God bless her soul and I hope and pray she is in the arms of her beloved husband, Lloyd. Doris volunteered here at SEESA for over 20 years at SEESA's Monday's bingos. Doris lived across from our south parking lot way before this building was St Helen's Catholic School. When the building was empty, a group wanted to make a greenhouse out of this spot. Doris got a team together because she did not believe this was a good spot for a green house. Soon after, we became SEESA. Many years later we remember this dynamic, wonderful, intelligent and loving lady, Doris Steen.
i mostly caught glimpses of doris from the back door of her home or when she attempted to scuttle exuberant behavior of friends of her kids.
She was concerned for her family and that concern extended to many others around her. much time has passed but memories are not faded.
I have the impression that she will be part of conversations for some time to come.
I will miss my friend Dorissteen. Her presence blessed our senior centre and helped bond our community.
My sympathy to Doris' family.
Mary Anne Jaedicke
Trish, Murray, Bud and Janet.
My deepest sympathy are with you all during this time of sorrow. I cherish many memories of your mom in our younger days.
In life we gather many friends but you will always be remembered as one of the best. My sympathy to all the Family.
Doris Steen, One of SEESA's original members has passed away. Our centre was once St. Helen's elementary school, after the school was closed it was zoned for a commercial venture - the neighbours were not pleased with this and thought that the site would be better used as a seniors centre. It was Doris and her husband Lloyd, along with a few other nieghbours that pitched in their personal money to hire a lawyer to fight City Hall, they won and SEESA was born.
Doris was a board member for 5 years in the 1980's and ran afternoon and evening bingo for 19 years. She also assisted in the kitchen.
Doris was an active member of the Thursday Social Circle group, until illness prevented her from attending. Doris we are ever grateful for your invaluable & selfless contribution to SEESA.
This Quote by Margaret Mead reminds me of Doris:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. --Margaret Mead
I will miss my mother in law very much. She always welcomed me into her home and always made me feel like I belonged to the family. She now has joined Boom and is happy a again.
Bud and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Please know that we care and share your sorrow.
Buzz and Gladys Bazylewich
Sincere sympathies. Praying for friends to comfort you, faith to uphold you and loving memories to help you through this sad time.
I feel fortunate to have been a neighbor and friend to Doris. She was a graceful but witty and insightful lady. She will be greatly missed.
Doris will be fondly remembered at SEESA. She would at times come-over and watch me draw and at the same she would talk about her youth on the homestead farm and her love for almost everyone, especially her children. I feel privileged to have met such a nice person ! Ron Law
To Bud & Andrea and all family members, by condolences to everyone during this time.
Our deepest sympathies to the Steen Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Janet, Bud, Murray and Trish:
My sincere condolences in the passing of your mom. I have so many good memories of Mrs. Steen from the Holyrood days.
Rhonda (Turtle) Sarnoski
Jan & Family,
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your mother was a wonderful lady.