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BIRNBERG, Peggy - Peggy passed away peacefully on the 8th day of February, 2013 in Toronto. She is survived by her devoted and caring partner Kate Crossey. Loving mother to Amy, Suzanne (Norman) and Emma. Proud grandmother to Jarod, Danielle and Tyler. Loving sister and sister-in-law to Jane, Carole and Howard, and loving aunt to her nieces and nephews. Peggy spent her years, since emigrating from New York City, in Social Services and ended her career as Executive Director of Houselink Community Homes. Special thanks to Peggy's caregiver Mavill. At Peggy's request there will be a funeral service to be held at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel, 2401 Steeles Avenue West (3 lights west of Dufferin) on Sunday, February 10th at 4:00 p.m. There will be no Shiva. The family will receive visitors on February 10th between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at 15 Forest Wood, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, 416-586-4800 ext. 3936.

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Published in Toronto Star on Feb. 9, 2013.
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March 7, 2013
My heartfelt condolences on Peggy's passing.
Michele Bennett
March 3, 2013
Dear Kate, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Peggy. My thoughts are with you and your family during this very difficuly time. May she rest in peace.
Helen Stavridis-Colas
March 1, 2013
Peggy was a kind and gentle soul who always greeted us warmly. She was an inspiration for what could be done. No job was too small or too large.She left her mark on all of us.
Simmons-Chatwood family
February 16, 2013
Peggy played many roles in her life. She touched many people and helped full communities with her compassion and determination to change the destiny of people with mental illness and in poverty. As a sister, I will always remember Peg's sweetness; her great ability to listen and to love unconditionally. I am comforted in knowing that she had 32 wonderful years with her partner Kate Crossey, who nurtured her until Peg's last breath. Her children Amy, Suzanne, and Emma, along with her sister Janie ,myself and her granddaughter.Danielle and finally her dear friend Sandra ,surrounded her with love during her illness. And so, she died peacefully. We thank all of you who have touched Peggy's heart and who have made her life's journey a successful one. May her legacy continue through your efforts.
February 14, 2013
"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile"

- Albert Einstein

Rest in Peace Peggy
Denise Holland
February 13, 2013
So sad to hear about Peggy's passing. I have many good memories working with her in the Jane-Finch community to make it a better place for children and families.
Malcolm Shookner
February 11, 2013
Dear Kate, I am so sorry to hear about Peggy. I have thought of you many times over the years, and you are very much in my thoughts now. I can see too that Peggy left a great legacy in the community that will never be erased. I wish peace to you and your family,
Brenda Lee
February 11, 2013
My heart goes out to you Kate in the loss of your Peggy....Mary Byberg
Mary Byberg
February 11, 2013
I first met peggy and worked her on a project when she was with opportunity for advancement and later moved into houselink with my three children in 1992.I was the first member that was hired as a full time staff as a Community Kitchen Facilitator of the Food Program. I am honored to have had the pleasure of working with her ,she has been my mentor and friend that inspired me to make positive change in my life. I will carry on the work of advocating for all people that deserve to live in a home with dignity and respect without stigma. She will be greatly missed by me and my children Aditi,Joshua,and Skye. Rest in peace Peggy we share our sorrow with her family.
Glenda Longley
February 10, 2013
I have lived in Houselink for 21 years and spent much of that time working with Peggy on the Board. She was a very wise and caring woman and I am a better person for have known her. I will miss her greatly. My condolences to her family.
Phillip Dufresne
February 10, 2013
Peggy left a tremendous legacy as a community champion, Executive Director, leader, advocate and human being. Her work will continue in those who were touched by her.
Jamey Piedalue
February 9, 2013
I worked with Peggy at Houselink for about 12 years, and respected and admired her very much. I find myself often holding her up as a model of leadership when I am talking to people here in Sweden in the mental health field. She will be greatly missed.
Barbro Larsdotter
February 9, 2013
Peggy was an incredible woman. Her kindness, compassion, love for life, vision and leadership has touched so many lives.
I had the honour of working with her at Houselink Community Homes, an organization that flourished under her 19+ years of direction. She made it what it is today. Peggy belived poverty is a horrible barrier and housing is a right. Her activism shaped our sector and ensured discriminatory attitudes were not tolerated.

She believed in people and our potential to greatness and ability to learn from each other. She was a natural teacher.

What a powerhouse!  She was a fantastic boss, my mentor and very a dear friend.  I will greatly miss her wisdom and grace, and her contagious laughter.

Rest in Peace Peggy.
Carol Zoulalian
February 9, 2013
I had the great pleasure of working closely with Peggy for about a decade, and held her in very high esteem. She is one of the finest people I have ever met, and my life was better for having known her. She made an indelible mark on the world around her, and I feel proud to have had the privilege to serve with her.
Ken Donner
February 9, 2013
Peggy was one of the strongest and most compassionate people I have ever known. She was a deeply humane person. She was also a gifted organizer, an extremely skilled manager and the model of an Executive Director in the Carver model. I was privileged to serve on Houselink's Board for six years and I learned a tremendous amount from working with Peggy. It is tragic to see an active retirement cut short - she had so much to give to her friends, her family and her community. My condolences.
Dan Abrahams
February 9, 2013
Peggy has left a huge imprint on so many lives. I had the great privilege of getting to know Peggy thorugh her work in social housing. She sat for several years on the ONPHA Board of Directors.

Peggy was an incredibly rare individual. She changed the tone of a group by her presence. She made each one of us a better person by example. Her legacy shall live on.

My deepest condolences to her family. She shall be missed deeply by so many.
Robin Campbell
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