Kelly MacDonald - After a courageous and inspiring three years with cancer, Kelly passed away peacefully on May 18, 2014. Kelly was born in Vancouver in 1960, the first of Ron and Betty MacDonald's three daughters. She is survived by the daughter she adored (Elizabeth MacDonald), her "other" daughter (Satomi Morita), her parents, her sisters (Tracy Paulson and Lesley MacDonald), her niece (Chelsea), her nephew (Joshua), and her many many friends. Kelly was very proud of her Tsimshian and Haida ancestry, and Scottish roots. She counted among her many accomplishments, her masters degree in law from UBC, her work in protecting children and families, and her appointment as a residential schools adjudicator. She was very proud to have been selected to preside over the first residential schools survivor hearing in Canada. Kelly also sat on the Vancouver Police Board, the National Parole Board, and several other boards and commissions. Kelly loved surfing and sharing laughs and great times with friends and family. She had a passion for good food, especially Heritage tomatoes, Prosecco, and popcorn. She was profoundly grateful for all of her blessings. The family wishes to thank Kelly's medical dream team, which included Dr Russell, Dr Ho, Dr Beardsley, Dr Berthelet and the tremendous staff at the Cancer Agency, for the exceptional care and compassionate support they provided to Kelly. A Memorial Service will be held on June 1 at Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th Avenue in Vancouver at 1 pm, followed by a reception in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in honour of Kelly.
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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on May 24, 2014.