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ELIZABETH ANN (BETTY ANN) BUSHELL, B.A., B.Ed. O.N. Suddenly but surrounded by love on February 5, 2015 following an incredibly aggressive cancer at age 72. Grateful to have been born to Carson and Audrey Bushell (deceased), who believed in education and independence for women, Betty Ann enjoyed a career that offered her many opportunities for exponential growth. She is survived by her son, Marshall (Marty), his wife, Edita (Edie) Cimba-Bushell, their three wonderful boys, Ryan, Connor and Nolan and her brother, J. Fraser and his family. Betty Ann was a brilliant woman who attended the University of Western Ontario at 16 and began teaching grade 13 at the age of 20 on completion of teacher's college. While dedicating her professional life to educating youth, she also became a formidable advocate for women's rights, labour and social justice movements, often the driving force behind many successful political and union campaigns. Her work within labour movements, both at the forefront and behind the scenes, was always lauded. Her passion for volunteerism was recognized through receipt of a YWCA "Women of Distinction" award and the "Order of Niagara". Her volunteer efforts were countless, whether as a church councillor, executive member of the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, treasurer of the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, or foster mother to many dogs for the local SPCA. Always a globetrotter who travelled off the beaten path, from Azerbaijan to Armenia and Vietnam to Cambodia, she regretted having to leave this world prior to travelling with her 2 younger grandsons, after having enjoyed numerous adventures with her grandson Ryan, including the Galápagos Islands, Banff and the Yukon. Visitation will be held at Church of the Resurrection (435 Mohawk Rd. W., Hamilton) on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. followed by 3 p.m. service and reception immediately thereafter. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Church of the Resurrection or the Hamilton SPCA are appreciated.

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Published in Toronto Star on Feb. 7, 2015.
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February 12, 2015
Dear Betty Ann, you touched my life like you will never know. You were my courage, strength and inspiration. I cherished our lunches and long chats, your candid feedback and truths that helped me through many challenging times. You helped me become who I am today. I thank you for your friendship and love. Please know that I will always be here for Marty and your grandchildren if they should ever call at 905-890-7097.
Ranjit Khatkur
February 11, 2015
Her energy, laughter and insights were always an inspiration. She was such a force to be reckoned with, but a soul whose opinion always mattered and who always considered others. My thoughts are with her family at this time.
Jane Roberts
February 11, 2015
I had the priviledge of serving with Betty Ann on the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada Executive Council. She was a colleague and a friend. A Sister who will be missed by so many for all she has contributed over the years. Rest in peace. Diane Wood, President, BC Federation of Retired Union Members
Diane Wood
February 11, 2015
I was saddened to hear of Betty Ann's passing. I knew Betty Ann as part of the provincial OSSTF political action committee in the '90s. My condolences to her family.
Tanya La Rush
February 11, 2015
You will always be remembered with fondness and good memories
SOAR C-2 D-6
February 10, 2015
We will miss you. Sorry we can't be with you today. Due to poor health neither one of us can drive. We will keep you in our prayers.
Dan/Ruth McNeil
February 10, 2015
Betty Ann inspired us all in OSSTF District 21 with her activism, and intelligence. Hers was a life passionately lived, and she was a role model for myself and others. She will be greatly, greatly missed. My deepest condolences to her family, she spoke of you all with great love.
Chantal Mancini
February 10, 2015
I am shocked to read of Betty Ann's passing. Dear friend for 52 years. My sincere sympathies, Marty and family.
Janet Zurbrigg
February 9, 2015
Always remembered.
February 9, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear of Betty's passing. As secretary for Unifor's retired workers department we were affiliated with CURC. I spoke with Betty many times having wonderful conversations. I will miss our talks.
Ella Amyot
February 9, 2015
Marty and family

A wonderful woman: smart, talented, generous, humourous, caring, compassionate and passionate, committed to social justice, inspiring teacher, winner of so many awards and so much more. I was privelged to be a friend and a colleague at AHSS. We spent many lunch hours and spares discussing the state of the world, the province, teaching, our sons and dogs. She challenged and inspired me. And together we laughed at our foibles. We had lost touch and then reconnected and with great delight she filled me in with what was happening in the family. She was oh so proud of you all. You are very lucky that she was your Mum and a doting Grandmother.
Gale Taylor
February 8, 2015
Betty Ann was a mentor to so many as we began careers in teaching and in work with the union. As a colleague she was marvellous; always ready to help others and defend teacher's rights. As a teacher, she was brilliant and committed to equity for her students, particularly those learning English for the first time.. As a friend she was loyal, gentle, kind, so intelligent and so caring. I will miss her presence in my life, always. Sincere condolences to all her family.
Cathie Poynter
February 8, 2015
I met Betty Ann through the Congress of Union Retirees. She was so obviously a very dedicated and supportive trade unionist. She will be missed.
Linda Mackenzie-Nicholas
February 8, 2015
Such a passionate and determined contributor to social justice, including labour arts.
We need more with her spirit!
D'Arcy Martin
February 8, 2015
I have known Betty Ann since the early 1990's and worked with her with OSSTF. She was a formidable force within the Union Movement! Her passion and her intelligence will be missed and her passing will leave a great hole in all the organizations she has been most recently involved. My sympathies to her family.
Craig Brockwell
February 8, 2015
A wonderful and inspired supporter and activist in the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, where we knew her. She will be missed.
Carole and Karl Condé and Beveridge
February 8, 2015
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Betty Ann for too long but what a driving force. Pleasure to have known her.
Mary Forbes
February 8, 2015
So sorry to hear this news. Betty was an amazing woman and an inspiration.
Arch Walker
President CUPE 4153
February 8, 2015
I had the privilege to work with Betty Ann at OSSTF and found her insights and compassion for others unwavering. My condolences to her family.
Judie Trevelyan
February 7, 2015
Betty Ann at thge Curc Convention Ottawa
Goo bye to a colleague in ARMs, a leader, an activist and a beautiful human being. May the rich legacy she left behind to be the consolation for her family.
John Zikopoulos
February 7, 2015
Betty Ann was dedicated, hard working, and an inspiration. She will be missed. Condolences to her family.
Bob & Joyce Cruickshank, OFUR Treasurer and Secretary
February 7, 2015
Betty Ann was a good friend. I shall miss her and her wonderful sense of humour very much. May her memory always strengthen her children and family
Lucille Mathé
February 7, 2015
I'm so very sorry to learn of Betty Ann's passing. She was a lovely, gentle, thoughtful woman, whom I got to know during my time on the Board of the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre. My deepest sympathies to family and friends.
Evelina Pan
February 7, 2015
My deepest sympathy to the family. We have lost a great person.
February 7, 2015
Very sorry to hear of Betty Ann's passing - I was communicating with her through CURC just over a week or so ago. My sincere sympathy Pat Hay, Pres NB Federation of Union Retirees
February 7, 2015
Marty and family,
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Our deepest sympathy.
Lena Sutton
February 7, 2015
Marty to you and your family my deepest and most sincere sympathy. Today the world is a lessor place but her legacy will continue
D'Arcy Kingshott
February 7, 2015
Our deepest condolences to Betty's family. What a pleasure and honour to have worked with such a dedicated trade union sister. She made a difference in the lives of many, including her four-legged friends at the SPCA.
Larry and Joan Wark (Larry on CURC Executive)
February 7, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dennis Lafraniere
February 7, 2015
Betty Ann will be sorely missed. In the time I have known her, I have enjoyed our conversations. Language was very important to her. Words and how we use them really mattered. I'll miss her very much.
Barry Stevens
February 7, 2015
SIncere condolences to Betty Ann's family on the sudden passing of a dear friend and colleague. Her death is a great loss for all of us, both individually and collectively, and she will be greatly missed.
Manfred Netzel
OSSTF ARM Chapter 12 (Toronto)
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