Maureen WOODS
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Maureen Shelagh Woods
Passed in Regina, Saskatchewan after a five month struggle with cancer. Daughter of Mervyn and Agnes Scott Woods (predeceased), cherished youngest sibling of Mervyn Scott Woods (Bernadette), Laurie Burgess (Spence) and Will Woods (Margaret), loving aunt to Rhett, Bree, Megan and Caley and their partners and great-aunt extraordinaire to Kiki and Sam, great librarian, community activist and community development worker. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on February 3, 1953, and died on April 13, 2013. Maureen graduated Campbell Collegiate and then the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts before attending the University of Alberta to gain a Bachelor of Library Science. Maureen began her career with the Regina Public Library in 1976, transforming both Connaught and Albert libraries into viable, vibrant, effective institutions in North Central Regina. She became a member of the Northern Library Council and moved to La Ronge following her goal of ensuring that every child in Saskatchewan had equal access to library services. In 1993, during the trying times of the information explosion she became the Saskatchewan Provincial Librarian. Her life path took her to Alberta where she was the head of the Alberta Library Electronic Network after which she moved to British Columbia in 2002 becoming the Director of Public Library Services for British Columbia. There she helped develop a comprehensive library plan that has since been referenced all over North America. In 2010, Maureen returned to her beloved Regina and as Director of Saskatchewan Information and Library Services she helped to achieve her dream of equal, universal access to library services. In an event of cosmic timing she was nominated for the Francis Morrison Saskatchewan Library Award and received said honour on April 3, 2013, in the company of family good friends and good friends who were also colleagues. As well as an accomplished library administrator Maureen was a beloved family member, friend and colleague as evidenced by her many nicknames: Moe, Schmoe, Moie (Maureen Shoelace Woods to her father when she was a child) are just a few. She demonstrated an intelligent, empathetic love for those she came in touch with. Her strong sense of feminism and sisterhood bonded her in a sorority of many, strong, loving women that in no way excluded her male friends who both as extra-familial sisters and brothers, celebrated her achievements and supported her in her struggles both professional and personal. They were with her in her last few days, often flying great distances to be with her, a great comfort. She was a loving, thoughtful, caring sister who could offer, if asked, sage, humanist advice or just an ear or a shoulder. She was the doting aunt who made the best Halloween costumes possible, who encouraged nieces and nephews to be strong and fair. Her passing leaves a void that will not be filled. Maureen did not want a service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Maureen's name to: Read Together Regina (attention: Books for Babies), Regina Public Library Director's Office, Box 2311, Regina, SK, S4P 3Z5 or contributions to an award in Maureen's name at the University of Alberta Library School may be made via choose "Make a Gift" and then designate the gift "in memory of Maureen Woods."

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Published in Regina Leader-Post on Apr. 17, 2013.
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April 11, 2019
An incredible woman of determination and warmth. Her presence is still here.
Don Kossick
June 2, 2013
I was in Mozambique, and when I got back in May I heard of Maureen's passing - it was such a shock. I knew Maureen well in her younger years. She was such a fine strong personable person of great integrity and intelligence. It is truly a great loss to all. Go well Maureen.
Don Kossick
May 19, 2013
I only learned of Moe's death yesterday when I arrived in Regina for a short visit. She was an amazingly gracious, intelligent, and funny woman. Our lives connected many years ago at the U of A and then again when I moved to Regina; on both occasions through mutual friends. My thoughts are with her family and many friends. Trish (Duggan) Mercredi
May 6, 2013
I had the very real pleasure of working with Maureen for a number of years, and the honour of becoming her friend as well as her colleague. She was forever engaging; gracious; optimistic; fiercely intelligent; principled; warm-hearted and honour-bound - I will (and do) miss her.
Paige MacFarlane
April 26, 2013
Maureen, I have always admired you. You had a clear vision of where you were going and how you could get there and then did it. The conversations we had in the small back room at Albert were always so interesting - mind stretching, challenging, and also fun! In my mind you stand out as a leader, a person willing to take on challenges, lead staff and communities further than they thought they could go. You were always concerned about people, staff and the public, and how change would have an impact on them. You made the changes but closely involved them in the process. Your process was always to involve others. My sympathy to your family, they have lost a strong family link. You will be missed.
Penny Marshall
April 24, 2013
My darling friend who went too early- but was filled with grace in her dying days. It was a great priviledge to sit by her bedside. I will keep her fire burning. Best love to her strong family!
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Susan VG (Hill)
April 23, 2013
I send condolences and sympathy to Maureen's family in their great loss, which I know is shared by all of us who worked (and played!) with Maureen over the past 30 years or more.
Audrey Prendergast, Victoria, B.C.
April 22, 2013
I was so sorry to hear of your very sad loss. I have warm, happy, and fun filled memories of Maureen. She was a dear, kind woman who had a heart of gold. She will be missed by many.
Josie Jones
April 21, 2013
I am very saddened by the news. Maureen's parents were very close friends of my parents for many years and I met Maureen at events at their home. My love and prayers to her family during this difficult time. Winna Martin
Winna Martin
April 19, 2013
Bryan and I were so sorry to hear of Maureen's passing. Our deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Moe will always be remembered and forever missed.
Coreen Claggett
April 19, 2013
My sincere sympathy to Maureen's family. As a library colleague, I appreciated her leadership skills, passion for social justice and love of the arts. She was also a tremendously loyal and understanding friend, lots of fun at conferences, and had a style all her own. The world is less compassionate and colourful without her.
Elaine Julian
Elaine Julian
April 18, 2013
I got to know Maureen through mutual friends. She was an amazing lady. My time with her was brief but her impact was large. My heartfelt sympathy to her family and the many people who were blessed to know this delightful person.
Sharilyn Young
April 18, 2013
To Maureen's family, please accept my sincere condolences. We are deeply saddened to lose such an exceptional person, someone who made friends instantly, someone with a disposition of boundless energy and perkiness. I admired her greatly.
Alvin Schrader
April 18, 2013
I am very sorry to hear about Maureen's death. It has been many years since I worked with her in La Ronge, but the memory of her is very clear. I was very impressed with her intelligence and abilities.

May her family be blessed with all their memories of Maureen.

Sheila Brown
April 18, 2013
Deepest possible condolences. The world just got a LOT less fun....
Nik Burton
April 18, 2013
To the family of Maureen: please accept my sincere sympathy. Maureen was an amazing person. I worked with her at Regina Public Library, and held her in the highest regard. She could be a driving force--I know, because I worked on several committees and on the SLA Board with her. Because of her, we got good things done. I admired her for her many outstanding qualities. Jeff Barber did a great job of listing these in his nomination of her for the Frances Morrison Award. Her sudden and devastating illness was a tragedy. A huge community grieves, but we think especially of you, the family. My thoughts are with you.
Wenda McArthur
April 18, 2013
I had the honour of knowing this fabulous, generous woman, and saw first hand the love she and her family shared.

My deepest sympathies,
Viv Zanoco
April 18, 2013
May Mo and the great red bird continue her fight from the other side
Jan Smith
April 17, 2013
To Moe's family - my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult times. I have wonderful memories of spending weekends with Maureen on Bryant St. and she made the best pork and beans!! Pat Walker (Racine)
April 17, 2013
Maureen's impact on libraries was felt across three provinces. She had a tremendous energy which invigorated everyone around her. She will be missed.

Todd Mundle
April 17, 2013
Maureen had a significant impact in my development as a strong woman our encounters were few but very meaningful. My thoughts are with her family
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