Patricia "Pat" WAKEFIELD

  • "A wonderful woman and ESL innovator. Behind that marvellous..."
    - Marilyn Brulhart
  • "A legend in the field of English language education who..."
    - Robin Russell
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    - Jonathan McMorran
  • "Always a gracious lady."
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    - Ruth Lowther

WAKEFIELD, Helen Patricia (Pat)
May 9, 1920 – May 4, 2018
A few days before her 98th birthday, Pat reached the end of her life's journey on May 4, 2018. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. George Edward Wakefield, her sons William (Bill) (Lisa) and John (Nadia), her grandson Peter (Marla), and is survived by her son Robert (Bob) (Rosemary) and her daughter Jane Wakefield (Ken Reeder). Pat was an inspiration to her nieces and nephews, her grandchildren Laura, Stephanie, Natalie, Andrew, Joanna, Graham, Sarah, Matthew, Ben and her 15 adoring great- grandchildren.
Pat Manning was born on May 9, 1920 in Simcoe, Ontario, spent her teen years in Kenora, and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Manitoba and teacher education in Toronto before returning to Kenora to teach secondary English, French, and Latin. In January 1944, Pat married George, a young physician, and returned to Winnipeg before moving to Kamloops, then Vancouver. While raising a lively family, Pat returned to high school teaching where her keen sense of justice attracted her to immigrant learners. While completing a Master's degree in English Education at UBC, Pat launched a distinguished career as an educational leader in the emerging field of English as a Second Language (ESL) in BC's schools, Ministry of Education, Vancouver Community College and The University of British Columbia. There she played a critical role in developing Canada's top ESL teacher development program. Publishing numerous professional articles, policy papers and six acclaimed books, Pat was founding President of the BC Teachers of English as an Additional Language (BC TEAL).
Upon retirement, Pat never looked back: as a Docent at the Vancouver Art Gallery she designed an innovative coaching program to help docents engage student visitors to VAG who were learning English as an additional language. Having played a key role in her earlier years in restoring Hycroft, the heritage mansion that became the home of the University Women's Club of Vancouver, Pat rejuvenated the club's Fine Arts committee that promoted the work of local women visual artists, and offered leadership across a vast range of the club's work.
To everyone who knew her, Pat was a radiant presence who lit up a room when she entered, but even better, lit up the lives of those she touched.
There will be a Celebration of Life at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Dunbar Ryerson United Church, 2195 W. 45th Avenue, Vancouver, followed by a reception on site. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to support home hospice and hospital palliative care. Donate at, by calling 604.875.4676 or by mail to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.
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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from May 12 to May 13, 2018
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