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Catherine FOOKS
1961 - 2021
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CATHERINE FOOKS Catherine ("Cathy") Fooks left this planet heartbreakingly early on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, owing to a tragic fall. Dearest wife and life companion to Terrence ("Terry") Sullivan, outstanding mother to Katie and Sarah, superb stepmother to Jesse and Megan (Patrick), and doting grandmother to Seamus and Rory. Loving sister to Alison (Wayne) and Rosalind (Ross), aunt to Duncan and Alison, and niece to Margaret Doxey. Daughter of the late Cherry and Dr. Anthony ("Tony") Fooks. Born August 1, 1961 in London, England, Cathy was a remarkably talented, charming and straightforward person and a generous leader and mentor in the health sector in Ontario and nationally. In her distinguished 30+ year career in public health, Cathy served as Executive Director of the Health Council of Canada and held senior positions with the Canadian Policy Research Network, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (now IC/ES). Earlier this year, Cathy stepped down as CEO of The Change Foundation where she had worked passionately to improve the lives of patients, caregivers and providers. In June 2020, Cathy assumed the important role of Ontario's Patient Ombudsman. Her first report in that role was a siren call for reform in long-term care homes. Throughout her career, Cathy was an insistent trailblazer who broke through longstanding system barriers and outdated norms to ensure meaningful change in the care that individuals receive. Brilliant, a whiz in the kitchen, and the fierce protector of her loved ones, Cathy will be deeply missed by her loving family, many friends and close circle of confidants. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cathy's memory to the caregiver programs at any of the Changing CARE partnership organizations: Sinai Health System, Woodgreen Community Services, St. Joseph's Healthcare London, Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, Cornwall Community Hospital or a caregiver program/organization of choice.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 2 to Jan. 6, 2021.
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February 14, 2021
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February 11, 2021
Dear Rosalind and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. What a lovely person your sister was and what a remarkable contribution she made. My deepest sympathies to you and the entire Fooks family.

Andrea Ciemiega-Loeb
Childhood friend
Andrea Ciemiega-Loeb
Friend
January 24, 2021
Dear Terry,
My sincerest condolences to you and your children at this time of loss. Cathy was a deep thinker, an impactful leader and someone who was compassionate and passionate about life . We were colleagues all those years ago at the Premier's Council and she struck me then as someone who would leave their mark in this world. She was my boss and mentor at The Change Foundation and in this role and her other leadership roles she most undoubtedly left her mark. I was looking forward to spending more time with Cathy as a friend. I will miss her dearly.
Lori Hale
Coworker
January 22, 2021
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January 20, 2021
Dear Terry,

I learned the impossible today. Cathy was such a tour de force, it is hard to imagine a world deprived of her wit and humour. How lucky I was that we met as office mates at CHEPA so many years ago. Cathy was the young and talented policy wonk, I was the data nerd. We liked to tease each other. I used to kid her about being paid to read the newspaper each morning. She used to kid me about thinking that science had the answer for everything. Cathy's charisma captured full attention in every room she entered. Her opinions were clear, strong and inevitably correct. What I will remember most is the look in her eyes when she was trying to understand some point of view, because she would always try to understand. Warm, curious, and intently focused on what you had to say. A natural leader. A wonderful person. I am crushed.
Barbara Jaszewski
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January 20, 2021
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January 12, 2021
I became aware of Mrs. Fooks' passing via an email and was completely shocked at the news. Only recently [Nov. 25], I participated in an OHA meeting at which she presented a report to and answered questions from a group of PFAC members. From this brief virtual interaction I know she will be greatly missed not only by her family and others near and dear to her but also by her professional colleagues and friends. May her soul R.I.P
Marjorie Taylor
January 11, 2021
Dear Alison, Wayne and Family
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We met Cathy at our cousin Wayne and Alison’s wedding. Such a great loss of a talented woman who was such an integral part of our Health care system. Thinking of your all at this difficult time.
The Parkes Family
Penny Parkes
Acquaintance
January 11, 2021
Dear Alison, Wayne and Family

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We met Cathy at my cousin Wayne and Alison’s wedding. Such a great loss of a talented woman who was such an integral part of our Heath care system. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
The Parkes Family
Penny Parkes
Family
January 11, 2021
Dear Alison, Wayne and Family

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We met Cathy at my cousin Wayne and Alison’s wedding. Such a great loss of a talented woman who was such an integral part of our Heath care system. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
The Parkes Family
Penny Parkes
January 11, 2021
We are greatly saddened at the news of Cathy's passing. Cathy's passion for advocating for family caregivers was evident in her work. We were excited to hear of her role as the Patient Ombudsman as we knew she would do wonders for caregivers in Ontario by bringing them to the forefront of health leadership conversations. It was a pleasure to interact with Cathy and her team at The Change Foundation as we discussed young caregivers and their needs. Cathy's straightforward approach and down to earth presence was always appreciated. Our condolences to her family and friends during this devastating time.
Young Caregivers Association
Coworker
January 11, 2021
Dear Terry & Family,
On behalf of the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control, we are extending our prayers and heartfelt condolences to your family for the loss of Cathy. We are greatly saddened to hear of this tragic news. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you, when no words can truly express our sorrow.
Stuart, Kelvin, Jeff, Kim, and Rebecca
Coworker
January 10, 2021
Sincere condolences to Terry and family on your sad loss. We were close friends of Cathy's parents, Cherry and Tony Fooks, and although we didn't know Cathy personally, we knew her through sharing news of our respective families over the years.
Svea & Terence McKillen (Rockwood, ON)
January 8, 2021
Cathy Fooks was an amazing leader who dedicated her career to improving the lives of patients, families and caregivers. As I reflected on her incredible influence on our health care system, I am grateful for the advice and guidance she provided to all of us as we worked to develop a robust caregiver program in the community.
Cathy’s lasting legacy was her ability to improve the lives of patients and caregivers by challenging the way care is delivered and pushing providers to work together better. She was fearless and determined and I am so grateful for having known her.
Thank you so much for allowing WoodGreen to benefit from her legacy. We are honored and will use the funds to further our work with Caregivers in her memory.

Ashnoor Rahim
Coworker
January 8, 2021
Dear Terry,
Thinking of you at this difficult time, in the hope that the sympathy of an old colleague and respect for Cathy's consequential life will bring a measure of consolation as you face your loss.
In friendship across the years,
Jeff Rose
Jeff Rose
Acquaintance
January 8, 2021
Dear Terry and family,
I can’t imagine your sorrow. Cathy was such a vibrant, intelligent, and action oriented provincial and national healthcare trailblazer. I truly valued our friendship, and enjoyed my time working with Cathy at IC/ES as she headed up the research transfer unit. Please except my most sincere condolences Maddy
Madeline Riehl
Coworker
January 7, 2021
Dear Terry:
I recall Cathy fondly from my early years with Scarborough West; and I recall you well from your participation in various meetings throughout the early 1990s. My heart goes out to you and your family during this horrendously traumatic time in your lives. As we know, life can be so unfair: as it certainly has been to each of you through this holiday season. I wish you each solace and healing throughout this coming year and beyond. Warmly, Anne Swarbrick
Anne Swarbrick
Acquaintance
January 7, 2021
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January 7, 2021
Terry
I was saddened to hear about Cathy. My most sincere condolences to you and your family.
Loraine Marrett, former coworker
Loraine Marrett
Acquaintance
January 6, 2021
Dear Terrance and Family,
It was with profound sadness that I read Cathy’s obituary. Please accept my deepest heartfelt condolences.
I worked with Cathy at the Health Council of Canada and I truly admired not only her work but her unique personality . On that road we call remembrance may you always meet. May Her Memory be eternal and God rest her beautiful soul.

Respectfully
Mary Maniates
Mary
Friend
January 6, 2021
Our deepest sympathies to the family of the late Catherine Fooks.
We are colleagues of Sharon ( Terry’s sister) and have heard nothing but wonderful things about Cathy . Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May Catherine Rest In Peace.
Jo-Ann & Marilyn Conway ( retired teachers and friends of Sharon & John)
St.Lambert , Quebec
Jo-Ann & Marilyn Conway
Friend
January 6, 2021
Somehow I missed this tragic news; another fellow Trent grad mentioned it today, assuming I knew. Cathy and I weren't really friends, but we saw each other again a few years ago when we were both involved with an alumni initiative. I was struck by her warmth and by what a brilliant career and happy family life she had achieved. It's truly a tragedy when someone so talented and with so many fruitful years ahead of them is taken from us. Deepest condolences to her family.
Anne Francis
Classmate
January 5, 2021
Terry. I am shocked and saddened by your loss. Her memory will be a blessing to many. Her work has made and will continue to make a difference! My deepest sympathies to you and your children.
Mark Hundert
Friend
January 5, 2021
I will miss Cathy - her extraordinary intellect, her passion, her honesty and insightfulness, and of course her advocacy - and that smile. I am grateful for the privilege of knowing Cathy and working with her and experiencing first hand her magic. The loss is hard to fathom, My deepest sympathy to Terry, her children and her family. What an amazing woman. So sad - so sorry -
Sarah Hutchison
Friend
January 5, 2021
Dear Terry,
I was so saddened to hear of Cathy's passing. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I did not know Cathy well, but I was always impressed by her warmth and wonderful good nature whenever our paths crossed.
Brenda Tipper
Acquaintance
January 5, 2021
Dear Terry,
I was so sorry to hear of your tragic loss of Cathy. My thoughts and warmest sympathies are with you and your family.
Tony
Tony Fields
January 5, 2021
So very, very sad and sorry to hear this news. Heartfelt condolences to the entire Fooks family.

Josi Sarne
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Josi Sarne
Neighbor
January 5, 2021
Terry,

My deepest condolences to you and your family for your tragic loss.
Stuart Peacock
Coworker
January 5, 2021
Cathy’s unexpected passing is a real loss to all of us who admired her so much, her family and Ontario patients, long term care residents, their families and caregivers. Without Cathy the Changing CARE: Embrace Project would never have existed. She was a true visionary and set the stage for our project to improve the inclusion of family caregivers in the local addiction and mental health system. Our project team, caregivers and providers extend our condolences to her family and the staff of The Change Foundation who worked with her. Her legacy lives on through our continued work in caregiver inclusion.

We are touched that her family is honouring her passion for caregivers by encouraging donations to caregiver initiatives including ours. We will be certain to honour her memory with meaningful use of any donations received.
Joanne Sidorchuk Embrace Project Manager, Cornwall Community Hospital
January 5, 2021
Terry, I am saddened by the news of Cathy’s passing and extend my sincere condolences to you and your family.
John Horne
Friend
January 5, 2021
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January 5, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family of Cathy Fooks. It was very sad to hear this news. Cathy was intelligent, caring and a phenomenal leader, and did tremendous work for healthcare. She will be fondly remembered and missed.
Jennifer Truong
Coworker
January 5, 2021
Dear Terry,
Sending condolences and hopes that you and your family can get through this difficult time. Cathy improved the lives of so very many Canadians.
Ahmed
Ahmed Bayoumi
Friend
January 5, 2021
Dear Terry,
I am deeply saddened to hear of your tragic loss. My sincere condolences to you and the girls.
Susan Ellacott
Friend
January 5, 2021
This is such sad news. I met Cathy early in my career and looked up to her for many reasons - she was a leader that I longed to be like. I know of many people whose lives she touched immensely. Terry - I hope in time you are able to find solace in the heartfelt memories of all of those that knew her.
Jillian Paul
Coworker
January 4, 2021
A tragic loss for her loved ones and for the community. So sad to hear about this. She will be remembered fondly.
Sara Purves
Coworker
January 4, 2021
Dear Mr. Sullivan and family. Am a neighbour of Sharon and John Meehan. Please accept my sincere condolences following Mrs. Catherine Fooks recent demise. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Reine Beaulieu
Neighbor
January 4, 2021
She remains the foundation of change in healthcare. Her legacy lives on and will continue to push the rights of patient AND caregivers for years to come. I'm grateful that our paths crossed.
Colleen Young
Coworker
January 4, 2021
On behalf of my colleagues on the CADTH Patient and Community Advisory Committee, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the family. Some of our members are acquainted personally with Cathy, while others, like so many patients, families and caregivers in Ontario and across the country have been beneficiaries of her work. Thought leaders such as Cathy are rare and her tragic departure from our world leaves a heartbreaking vacuum.
Marney Paradis
January 4, 2021
On behalf of Cornwall Community Hospital, I want to extend not only my sincere condolences but also my gratitude for Cathy’s leadership as the former CEO of The Change Foundation. Her vision inspired unprecedented recognition, collaboration, and engagement between healthcare organizations and caregivers across the province.

In 2016, our team was elated to be chosen as one of The Change Foundation’s four Changing CARE partnerships. Our project was conceived to embrace the vital role of caregivers helping loved ones with addiction and mental health issues. We remain incredibly proud of the work we accomplished together. This is Cathy’s legacy, and I consider myself fortunate to have met her.

Reflecting on her experience with Cathy, one of my staff shared that “she had an ability to make people feel valued. She was really interested in our work, and it showed.” We thank Cathy for helping us ignite change and for the passion with which she left her mark.
Jeanette Despatie, President & CEO, Cornwall Community Hospital
January 4, 2021
It has been many, many moons since I last saw Catherine but I never forgot her, nor why we were best friends all through elementary school. She was kind & smart, so her professional success was no surprise. I am forever grateful for the heartwarming bond of friendship we shared. With the most sincere condolences to her family & friends,
Bev
Beverley Isles
Friend
January 4, 2021
On behalf of the Ontario Association of Residents' Councils (OARC), I wish to extend deepest condolences for the loss of Cathy, so unexpectedly. OARC's team, including long-term care resident leaders, had the privilege of meeting with Cathy a few times over the past number of months, regarding the long-term care Ombudsman Investigation. She listened, and most importantly, heard residents as they spoke their concerns, comments and ideas for change. Cathy showed resolve and commitment and I was confident that recommendations coming from the work she championed would facilitate positive outcomes for residents, their families and their team members. OARC is indebted to Cathy for her example of resident centred work and inspired thought. Cathy will be missed and her influence will remain.

Sincerely,
Dee Lender
Executive Director
Ontario Association of Residents' Councils
Dee Lender
Coworker
January 4, 2021
I had the chance to work with Cathy on patient and caregiver experience in the last few years. Cathy was an incredible champion of engaging patients and caregivers and improving their health experiences. A true leader and visionary and she will be very sorely missed.

My heartfelt condolences to her family and loved ones.
Bernadee Koh-Bilodeau
Coworker
January 4, 2021
I am so deeply saddened to read this news today. Cathy was an inspiration to me and so many others. She led so many important initiatives that have improved care and the lives of patients and caregivers across Ontario and further afield through her influence and the excellent programs that Cathy spearheaded at the Change Foundation.

Terry and family, I cannot imagine your sorrow. So unexpected from such a vibrant individual. My deepest and most sincere condolences.
Walter
walter wodchis
Coworker
January 4, 2021
Cathy has left us much too soon. She left a very positive impact on everyone she supported in the health care system, and she will be greatly missed. Her priority of patient focus will continue to inspire me and others.

Sincere sympathy to family and friends.

Donna Cripps
Donna Cripps
Coworker
January 4, 2021
Terry, please accept the most sincere and heartfelt condolences from Johanne and I for this extremely sad and tragic loss.
Tony Teti
Coworker
January 4, 2021
I had a chance to get to know and collaborate with Cathy during her time at The Change Foundation. She so strongly supported patient and especially, caregiver, involvement in practical and innovative ways. I always felt we were on the same team looking to improve healthcare and benefited from her warmth and support.
Alies Maybee
Coworker
January 4, 2021
Terry.

So sorry to hear this tragic news. Cathy was an inspiration to work with. I had the privilege of interactions with her in many capacities and roles. She taught me so much about knowledge translation, a field she helped to create in Canada. At the Change Foundation she showed me the true meaning of patient and family engagement.

We will miss her.
Vivek Goel
Coworker
January 3, 2021
Although I never had the chance to meet Cathy in person and only worked with her for a short time at Patient Ombudsman, it was clear to me that she was a truly down-to-earth person who deeply cared about her family, friends and the people she helped through all of her good work in the health sector. She will be truly missed.
Trevor Howard
Coworker
January 3, 2021
To Terry and family, my deepest condolences on your tragic loss.
Brian O'Rourke
Friend
January 3, 2021
A Canadian historical figure in Public Health.
Dr Alex Franklin
Coworker
January 3, 2021
Terry,
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. This tragic news of a life taken so prematurely and so suddenly is, indeed, heartbreaking. While I first met Cathy more than 25 years ago at IC/ES, I was privileged to work even more closely with Cathy at The Change Foundation - those being the most cherished years of my career, and I feel fortunate to have maintained a friendship with her subsequent to those years of working together. Cathy will be remembered as a visionary who was action-oriented, who always stood her ground and accomplished so much. She was a leader who was intelligent, thoughtful, caring, trustworthy to the core, and a lot of fun. Cathy was a trailblazer who leaves a rich legacy of improvements to healthcare nationally and provincially, especially for patients and their families. She will be so missed, by so many.

Paula
Paula Blackstien-Hirsch
Friend
January 2, 2021
Cathy was a great person and a great leader. She leaves a legacy of improved policies, and even more importantly, people she has helped and inspired. We will miss her.
Alison Paprica
Coworker
January 2, 2021
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January 2, 2021
I worked closely with Cathy when she was on the Board at The Michener Institute. We had to manage through some challenging times and her intellect and significant healthcare experience provided guidance and direction. More importantly and invaluable were her trustworthiness, her honesty and her kindness.

My deepest condolences to her family , friends and close colleagues. Her contributions will be honoured and her many collegial friendships will be fondly remembered.

Sylvia Schippke
Sylvia Schippke
Coworker
January 2, 2021
Terry, so many of us share in your loss, but take solace in the fact that she has left her imprint on all whom she touched, and that her legacy of caring, kindness and kinship will live on. Wishing you and your family courage, and endless warm memories to help you through this unimaginable time.
Pamela Fralick
Coworker
January 2, 2021
Terry, I am so sorry to learn of Cathy's passing. I remember well a number of exchanges with her when working for you at Cancer Care. She was always kind and thoughtful. My thoughts are with you and your children.
Wendy Ring
Coworker
January 2, 2021
Dear Terry & family; I was so very saddened to hear about Cathy’s passing. I’ve worked with her in various roles over the past 20 years. Her clarity of thought, and action oriented approach were her hallmarks, along with her always beaming with positive energy, twinkle in her eye and fun approach to life. I, and many others, are fortunate to have known her.
Sonya Corkum
Colleague & Friend
Sonya Corkum
Coworker
January 2, 2021
I worked with Cathy closely when she was a board member at The Michener Institute. We had to manage through some challenging issues and her intellect and significant healthcare experience were incredibly helpful. However, what I valued even more was that I always felt she was trustworthy, fair and kind. I also remember how immensely proud she was of her family. Her professional contributions will be honoured and her friendships with so many will be fondly remembered.

My deepest condolences to her family, friends and close colleagues.
Sylvia Schippke
Coworker
January 2, 2021
Here is the most important lesson I learned from #CathyFooks: “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
My mentor, my friend, a true leader...You will be missed.
Sara Shearkhani
Student
January 2, 2021
Heart breaking...Cathy was indeed brilliant! I admired her sincerity and directness and her unique ability to persevere. She brought her "A" game in whatever she did. We had some magical years working together at the Premier's Council. My sincerest condolences to Terry, her girls, the rest of her family and all of her friends. She touched and impacted so many of us in the course of her short life. I'm going to miss her.
Beverley Nickoloff
Friend
January 2, 2021
Dear Terry,
I only met Cathy a handful of times and she was always so warm and engaging. I wanted to reach out to say how very sorry I am for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
Carol
Carol Potvin
Acquaintance
January 2, 2021
We are heartbroken. We first met Cathy a quarter century ago as our paths crossed both professionally and socially. We soon became friends. Cathy was vibrant, hospitable and had a wonderful English sense of humour and laugh to go with it. Perhaps most importantly, she always made us think. Cathy was a great mother and step-mother, grandmother and a devoted daughter. She was also a force to be reckoned with as she pushed healthcare to be more caring and more focused on patients. She accomplished so much, touched so many and did so on her terms and to her standards. It is a sudden and tragic loss
Geoff and Lisa
Friend
January 2, 2021
I only got to know Cathy in the last couple of years but felt so blessed to learn from her great knowledge and wisdom. A bright light has gone out but we will forever carry your passion in our hearts. My heartfelt condolences Terry and family.
Chris Power
Friend
January 2, 2021
Terry,

I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts are with you, your children and the rest of your family.

I had the pleasure of meeting Cathy a couple of times and her professional reputation was matched only by her warmth.

My sincerest condolences.
Elizabeth McCarthy
Acquaintance
January 2, 2021
Hi Terry,
I send my deepest condolences to you and the entire family. I had the pleasure of working with her on many projects over more than 25 years and most recently served together on the Michener Institute Board. I greatly admired her intellect, caring, compassion and respect for others, ability to get things done, and her charm. She was a major thought leader for healthcare in Ontario and was the perfect choice to be Ontario's Patient Ombudsman. She will be missed by everyone she ever came in contact with. I will have good memories of the many things great things she accomplished.
Cliff Nordal
Friend
January 2, 2021
Terry, so sorry to hear about Cathy. An unimaginable tragedy and loss.
Sincere condolences to you and your family.
Nellie ( Kelly) Kennedy.
Nellie Kennedy
Family
January 2, 2021
Terry, I'm so sorry to hear of this terrible loss for you and your family. Please know that you and your loved ones are in my thoughts.
Malcolm King
Malcolm King
Friend
January 2, 2021
Terry and family...hard to find consoling words for such a tragic loss. I had the privilege of getting to know Cathy well when we served together for several years on the Board of the Michener Institute. She brought a beautiful blend of deeply felt humanity and disruptive ideation to her leadership and governance approach. She was such an authentic change-maker in so many contexts. And on a personal level, I had the fortune of benefitting from her wise and empathic career guidance and advice that I still apply in my work many years later. You will be missed by so many Cathy. By your lovely family of course and by your friends and co-workers. And by the Ontario health care system that is lesser now than it was before you left us.
Rami Rahal
Coworker
January 2, 2021
Hi Terry,
I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. Cathy was a true hero who I first met when she worked with Jane Fitzgerald providing advocacy in the health and social service sector during the Bob Rae administration. She was a guiding light then and always has been through her illustrious career. I offer to you and your family my heartfelt condolences and to Cathy I offer mt heartfelt thanks.
Humphrey Mitchell
Humphrey mitchell
Coworker
January 2, 2021
So very sad and sorry to hear this news. I worked with Cathy many years ago at the CPSO and learned a great deal from her about not only policy, but principled and caring leadership. My deepest condolences to her family.
Maureen Boon
Coworker
January 2, 2021
I met Cathy through the Change Foundation as a member of the first panels on Patient Health Care (Panorama). She was a warm, caring person who listened to our advice on improvements. She will be missed in the Health Care Community. Sincere condolences to her Family and friends at this sad time and memories of happier times.
Patricia Morfee
Acquaintance
January 2, 2021
Terry, we are thinking of you, your daughters and family. There are no words to express our sympathy.
Love
The Silmser Family
Eric Silmser
Acquaintance
January 2, 2021
My deepest sympathy to Cathy’s family and friends. I first met Cathy about 6 years ago when I told her about my caregiver experiences. She talked to other caregivers and healthcare workers and then laid out a plan of change. I admired Cathy’s intellect, quick wit and generosity of spirit. Her strength moved mountains, her gentleness brought comfort. I will miss her greatly.
Carole Ann Alloway
Coworker
January 2, 2021
I met Cathy when I told her of my experiences as a caregiver. She listened, talked to others and then took action. It was easy to admire Cathy’s wit, intellect and generosity of spirit. My heart is broken. I am blessed to have known her.
Carole Ann Alloway
Coworker
January 2, 2021
Tragic loss to anyone who had the great privilege of working with Cathy and getting to know her. Her legacy in the health sector will live on in so many ways. Heart goes out to Terry, the twins and family. Bill Tholl
Bill Tholl
Friend
January 2, 2021
So blessed to know Cathy. I have fond memories of sharing an unfinished office suite when she had just begun as CEO at Health Council of Canada in 2004 and I was at CIHI. Since then, I had the pleasure and benefit of Cathy's humble leadership both in her HCC role and at the Change Foundation. Terry, please know that you and your family are in our prayers. She leaves an incredible legacy.
Patricia Sullivan
Coworker
January 2, 2021
Cathy inspired all who had the privilege of working with her. She was razor sharp, passionate, caring, and fun. Cathy set an exemplary standard which motivated her team at the College to do their very best. After nearly 20 years, I remember her fondly and always will. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Kathryn Clarke
January 2, 2021
She was a very, very special person. Deeply grateful for all of her coaching and generous giving of her time and wisdom. My heartfelt condolences to her dear family.
Jennifer Schipper
January 2, 2021
My deepest sympathy Terry for you and your family. As someone who was privileged to work with her and consider her a friend, I will always remember her generosity and kindness and her great sense of humour. All of us on her team at the College looked up to her and she was an inspiration, someone we wanted to emulate and to please, a force for good who lit up a room and made the world a better place. Her life truly was a blessing. Jill and Dass
Jill Hefley
Friend
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