Helen Doreen Hamilton

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  • "Doreen was a good neighbour to me when I lived on Dacotah...."
    - Joan Allison
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    - Carol Leigh Wehking
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HAMILTON, Helen Doreen (nee Henderson) - Passed away on January 3, 2011 at the age of 72. Doreen had the courage to follow her own unique path and will be greatly missed by friends, colleagues and by her children Brian (Mavis) and Diane (Tania), and by her grandchildren Dillon and Oscar. Doreen dedicated her career to improving the health and wellbeing of children, emphasizing prevention and early intervention. Starting as a public health nurse, Doreen became the Maternal and Child Health Consultant for Toronto's Department of Public Health and then played a key role in starting up Toronto's first parent-child drop in centers. As a long-standing board member for the Parent - Child Mother Goose Program, she made new programs possible through tireless fundraising. Doreen travelled extensively and taught overseas with CUSO in Malaysia. Building on degrees in Nursing, Sociology and Education, in 1985 Doreen began her study of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and went on to become Associate Minister at the Toronto Buddhist Church. Doreen Sensei was the first Canadian-born female member of the Ministerial Association of the Buddhist Churches of Canada. Her work built upon her core belief that good health is built on a foundation of spiritual well-being. Doreen was a supporter of the arts in many forms - ballet, music and visual arts and was a gifted photographer. A proud Wards Island resident for close to 20 years, Doreen was passionately active in her community, most recently serving as President of the Algonquin Island Association. Memorial service to be held on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto (2 lights west of Yonge St.), beginning at 2 p.m. (visitation at 1:30 p.m. and following the service). If you would like to make a donation in Doreen's memory, please consider the David Suzuki Foundation and the Parent - Child Mother Goose Program.

Published in the Toronto Star from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2011