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Christine Marie KARCZA
1950 - 2020
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CHRISTINE MARIE KARCZA June 11, 1950 - September 2, 2020 It is with great sadness that we announce that Christine Karcza passed away peacefully on September 2, 2020, after a brief illness. She was a loving sister to Alex, sister-in-law to Shelagh and a wonderful aunt to Katie and Jamie. Born in Hamilton, Christine spent her early years in Burlington, attended the University of Guelph, and then spent most of her adult life in the City of Toronto. Her career included working for the March of Dimes, Ontario Women's Directorate and Royal Bank of Canada. In her later years she established her own business, Christine Karcza Consulting. She served on the Board of Directors for the Royal Ontario Museum and was a Senior Fellow at Massey College. An advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities, Christine's passion was the work she did to improve accessibility in the theatres, museums and numerous other facilities in Toronto. She worked closely with many of the theatre groups in Toronto to train their staff and initiate 'relaxed performances' to provide access to those who normally couldn't attend theatre. A private family service has taken place. In lieu of flowers, you may choose to donate to a charity of your choice, but above all, and when the opportunity presents itself, please support the performing arts as music, dance and theatre were so very dear to Christine's heart.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Sep. 11 to Sep. 15, 2020.
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September 15, 2020

My condolences to Christine's family and friends!
I met Christine as a volunteer for Luminato Festival at the St Lawrence Centre for the Arts. I appreciated when she was very assertive in educating the theatre staff on saying instead of disabled guest/ patron, to say a patron/guest with a disability! I am saddened that so many businesses and arts organizations have become inaccessible to many! I hope that there is a memorial grocery store / restaurant / theatre/ cinema, etc. accessible to everyone created in Christine's memory!
Jenny Shaw
Coworker
September 15, 2020
From the moment I met Christine I was smitten. She was so kind, driven and collaborative. We worked together over the last 7 years at the Toronto Fringe and her legacy will long live on at the organisation and in my heart. I am so sad and I will miss her so much. She was a wise and guiding light and I send so much love to her family and friends. Thank you Christine, love to you always xxx
Lucy Eveleigh
Friend
September 15, 2020
As a recent friend and neighbour here at Manulife, Christine and my partner Rick enjoyed frequent 'howdy doos' and hugs in our many common areas. We enjoyed hosting one another for seasonal cheers in December and held 'court' together at the lovely annual August Party hosted by the management of Manulife. Rick and Christine would often compare notes and work together to simplify and build skills as they managed their teaching responsibilities at Ryerson. Christine's love of images of winter birds on note cards inspired me to find the best examples out there . It turned out to be a bit of a competition between us ... I shall always remember how keenly interested and interesting Christine was and her smiling and knowing eyes accentuated this. I shall, as well, remember to repeat her mantra, " I can do this" when it is needed. Finally, we may all honour Christine's memory by acting in accordance with "WE can do this.' when collective actions and steps are required.
We continue to be enriched by the gift of you Christine.
Brian Atkinson
Friend
September 14, 2020
Christine, though small in stature, was a big presence in this world! She was a tireless advocate for inclusion and her stories and warmth were an inspiration to myself and hundreds of employees at the Stratford Festival, as we worked to create a welcome culture for people with disabilities. I will miss our annual catch-up lunches and her funny stories! Her legacy will live on both at the Festival and in the many arts organizations she touched. "It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves" Adieu, Christine!
Shelley Stevenson
Coworker
September 13, 2020
Christine worked in the Ontario Cabinet Office for me in the late 1980's. She did an excellent job and was a muse to us all. She always had a smile. We stayed in touch all those years and she visited me recently in Stratford when she was at the theatre. Condolences to her family. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Sherry Yundt
Coworker
September 13, 2020
Over 50 years ago I assisted Christine with a burdensome load on campus... the beginning of my "education". Christine's influence has pervaded my life (and by extension, my family's also) ever since. Christine was a small lady with a huge impact on all she touched. I shall cherish the last hug she gave me in January -- so genuine and heartfelt. Farewell my friend -- you are sorely missed.
Peter Bacon
Friend
September 12, 2020
Please accept my heartfelt sympathies to Christine’s family. I am sorry for your loss. I worked with Christine at RBC and remember to be a warm and kind person. My thoughts are with you at the time. Karen Urquhart
Karen
Coworker
September 12, 2020
Christine was one most beautiful and inspirational person I've ever met. I had the privilege of working with her at RBC for many years and she became a trusted collage and friend. She made such an incredible impact in my life and so many others! May she be at peace and dance with the angels! My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one! ❤
Fiona Brown
Friend
September 12, 2020
I am so shocked to hear this news- We were great friends from our Quality Manager days at Royal Bank and remained close after our retirements. Christine was truly an Inspirational Leader and had always given back more to society than she would ever receive! We shall miss her continuous laugh and smile forever! I am so honoured to have had her as a friend! My sympathies to her brother and his family- she loved being with you so often- Parker Knox, - parkerknox@ Gmail.com.

Parker Knox
Friend
September 12, 2020
I met Christine through Betty Hill, and we instantly liked each other and I had great respect for her. We had a mutual interest in the well being of Betty and she became my sounding board when there were major decisions to be made. She was so easy to talk to, very warm, caring and to the heart, yet practical and decisive. You will be very missed Christine. Our deepest condolences to the family.
Penny Hill
Friend
September 11, 2020
Heather Wakeling
Friend
September 11, 2020
Heather Wakeling
Friend
September 11, 2020
Heather Wakeling
Friend
September 11, 2020
Farewell dear Christine. May you now dance and soar freely knowing you leave an amazing legacy that will continue. To Alex, Shelagh, Katie & Jamie - may your many wonderful memories bring comfort. With love, Heather (MacDonald) & Ted Wakeling
Heather Wakelng
Friend
September 11, 2020
I have lost such a treasured friend of almost fifty years with Christine’s passing. I learned so much from her life. She leaves me with such wonderful, wonderful memories. To Christine’s family, my deepest condolences. May her spirit continue to watch over us.
Janet McBane (Jan Weir)
Friend
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