Elaine Catherine Lund

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LUND, Elaine Catherine (nee Munro)
16 October 1931 - 12 November 2012
Peacefully, in her sleep at the Elisabeth- Bruyere Palliative Care Unit. Sorely missed by husband Ken, son John, daughter-in-law Elizabeth, grandchildren Matthew and Emily and by many members of the Munro family in the West.
Elaine was born in Duluth, Minn., and grew up in Slate River and Fort William, ON. A University of Western Ontario journalism graduate, she became assistant night editor of the Winnipeg Free Press, then the only woman on the desk of a major Canadian newspaper. She also wrote for The London Free Press.
Active in Winnipeg Theatre Rep, she performed in the runner-up play in the 1954 Dominion Drama Festival.
She married Ken in 1956, and moved to Ottawa. She became an editor for reports of the Gordon Royal Commission on Canada's Economic Prospects. She became active in the New Democratic Party as an election day organizer, and became a life member. She ran provincially for the NDP in 1967. Later, she was active in Lac Deschenes Sailing Club, the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and the Unitarian church, particularly in the East-end Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa.
Her long and varied working career included stints with the Indian High Commission in Ottawa, CUSO and as an MPP's constituency assistant. She also worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association and, after retirement, for Volunteer Ottawa, where for 15 years - until age 80 - she wrote the weekly Volunteer Roundup column.
In the theatre, she appeared in two Ottawa Little Theatre plays and performed four times in the Vagina Monologues.
Special thanks to her caregivers at the Bruyere Palliative Care Unit for their kindness and warmth.
There will be a memorial service at First Unitarian Church on Cleary Ave, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 20. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the or the charity of your choice.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2012
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