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Sally Margaret Haugen, always fearless and full of life, died at home on Monday, July 29, 2013.
Born in Stirling, Scotland, in 1941, and raised in Hampshire, England, she emigrated to Vancouver in 1967 where she made life-long friends and met husband and best friend, Max. She rode horses at Southlands and enjoyed hunting with the Fraser Valley Hunt.
Breast cancer played a pivotal role in Sally's life. She faced her diagnosis in 1983 head-on and wanted to learn from it. She volunteered and then worked at the BC Cancer Agency from 1984-2006. In 1997, she joined Abreast In A Boat, Dr. Don MacKenzie's breast cancer dragon boat team which encourages people to live full and active lives. Eight fun-filled years of paddling/racing in Vancouver preceded her move to the Sunshine Coast where she co-founded Sunshine Dragons Abreast. She was involved in starting the Sunshine Coast Dragon Boat Society to include regular paddlers and enjoyed coaching Porpoise Paddlers.
Despite cancer recurring in 2003, with help from oncologist Dr. Karen Gelmon and support from good friend Brenda Hochachka, she made the absolute most of the past ten years with family, friends, and fellow paddlers. She saw her daughters, Sonja and Gwen, get married to her sons-in-law, Andrew and Will, and helped her four grandchildren (Imogen, Gavin, Julian, and Marina) come into the world.
Many thanks to the Sunshine Coast Home Care Services Palliative Team who supported Sally, Max, Sonja, Gwen, her brother John, and Claire in the final days.
Celebrations of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on August 12 at St. Hilda's, Sechelt, and at 2:00 p.m. on August 20 at St Philip's, Vancouver.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the BC Cancer Foundation.
We wish you a safe journey Sally. Paddles up!
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Aug. 3, 2013