Christine SMILLIE
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SMILLIE, Christine Mary June 7, 1953 - June 1, 2018 A passionate community leader, loving mother and loyal friend died on June 1, 2018 surrounded by her family. She was almost 65. Christine was a loving spouse to Glenn Dougan, a wonderful mother to her three sons Mark, James and Michael Prebble, and a source of support and love to her three daughters-in-law, Lindsay, Danielle and Caitlin, and her two grandchildren Isabelle and Henry. Born in Toronto, Christine was the daughter of Ben and Adele Smillie, the first of five children. She inherited their commitment to social justice and desire to create a better world. Christine married Peter Prebble in 1980. They were together 12 years and had three sons. They continued co-parenting their boys into their adult years and enjoyed sharing many celebrations and milestones. Christine and Glenn were together for 25 years, marrying in 2007. Glenn was central in parenting the boys and shared Christine's affection for culture and outdoor adventures. Her first jobs included stints with the Student Christian Movement and the Latin American Working Group in Toronto, where she deepened her commitment to international solidarity and cultivated many lifelong friendships. Christine's participation in Saskatchewan Working Women (SWW) was another trove of kindred spirits and remarkable friendships. Christine spent her entire career in the NGO sector, working as the executive director of the Saskatchewan Council for International Co-operation, the Saskatchewan Diabetes Association, the United Way of Saskatoon, and finally the Saskatchewan Craft Council, the job she enjoyed the most! Christine faced numerous challenges in her life, including two highway vehicle accidents that left her with permanent injuries, a diagnosis of cancer at the age of 50, and metastatic disease at age 60. Yet she lived a life of courage, integrity and meaning. She was a founding member of Wolf Willow Housing Co-op and the refugee settlement group Nest Saskatoon. She also was active in Hope Cancer, St. Thomas Wesley United church and Iskewwuk E-Wichiwitochik (Women Walking Together), where she was a strong voice for solidarity and reconciliation. At the time of her cancer diagnosis in 2003, she was enrolled in the Master's History Program at the U of S, working on her thesis, The People Left Out of Treaty 8. Although delayed by her cancer treatment, she completed her thesis and graduated two years later, a testament to her determination and character. Relationships were central to Christine and likely one of the reasons she learned French and Spanish along with Latin: she wanted to connect with people. She also cherished her many close friendships sustained over decades. She enjoyed traditions. There was the annual trek to the Winnipeg Folk Festival each summer, Thanksgiving at Seebe, Kananaskis with the Dougan Clan, the August SWW excursion to Kay's cabin at Nemeiben Lake, and for 25 summers, Christine and Glenn joined their friends Heather and Rene on camping expeditions to Waskesiu and the Churchill River (the first 10 years with kids). Christine also embarked on many camping expeditions to Jasper and Riding Mountain with Ruth's family. And later in life enjoyed fishing! Christine felt "lucky" to live another 15 years with cancer, time that allowed her to see her sons marry and pursue their careers. She particularly enjoyed time with Isabelle and Henry. Christine loved strong and her love lives on in her husband Glenn, sons Mark (and Lindsay), James (and Danielle and children Isabelle and Henry); Michael (and Caitlin), her siblings Ruth, Beth, Andrew and Mary (and Ian McCreary), her nine nieces and nephews, her many cousins, and her step-daughter Sharon Dougan. Christine also loved her adopted Syrian family of Ola, Hicham and their four children. A celebration of Christine's life will take place Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas Wesley United Church, 808 20th Street West. In lieu of flowers, donations in Christine's memory may be made to Nest Saskatoon ( or Doctors Without Borders ( Hanson's Funeral Home of Davidson in care of arrangements.

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Published in Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Jun. 6 to Jun. 13, 2018.
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June 16, 2018
Sending condolences to Glenn and family, as well as to the SWW women grieving the loss of a dear friend. Christine's loyal friendship and life long action for social change impacted many, including my Mom. For myself, as part of the next generation of women, that inspiration continues to shape me and how I raise my daughter. Wishing you all love today as you share stories and memories, tears and laughter, in Christine's honour. - Sheila
Sheila Killoran
June 16, 2018
Dear Glen, Mark, James, Michael, and all the Smillie family, Today I both mourn with you the loss and celebrate the life of your strong, courageous, and integritous wife, mother, grandmother, and sister.
After knowing her for a short while when Mark and my youngest, Jesse, were in elementary school together, we reconnected more strongly in later years through our work with Iskwewuk E-wichiwitochik/Women Walking Together. She was both compassionate and fierce in this context, and we miss her spirit in our work. Hers was a life well and generously lived, and she deserves to be remembered with love and admiration.
Susan Gingell
June 15, 2018
Christine was my first work supervisor over 40 years ago. I learned from her integrity, commitment, and compassion. We worked again together over the decades as she served Saskatchewan & Canada in a variety of leadership capacities as a very able Executive Director. My sincere condolences to all of Christine's family and friends and colleagues. Her legacy will never be forgotten.
Catherine Barnsley
June 15, 2018
Dear Christine, what a loss of a gentle, compassionate, yet strong person who contributed enormously to the marginalized of our communities. I feel honored to have known Christine well throughout the years, particularly when I was part of the family, and helped care for her 3 boys:Mark, James and Michael. I enjoyed working with her in the political sphere as part of Saskatchewan Working Women. Christine had the ability to make one feel loved, respected and included. I loved her gentle, intelligent humour. I was lucky enough to visit with Christine recently on February 28th and witnessed her strength in coping with the pain of her cancer, yet wanting to find joy in sharing memories and photos of her children and grandchildren with me. My sympathy goes out to Mark, James and Michael, as well as Glen and Peter, and of course, Christine's siblings: Ruth, Beth, Mary Margaret and Andrew. All have suffered the loss of Adele, their mother (grandmother), in the last two months as well. Love to each of you. Sincerely, Ingrid
June 15, 2018
Dear Beth and family, so very, very sorry for your loss. Love, Alice
Alice Frederick
June 14, 2018
Thinking of you Glen and family at this time Diane Scott and Michael Sawatzky
June 14, 2018
Dear Glenn, Mark, James and Michael and to all the Smillie family, I received with a lot of sorrow the news about Christine passing away. She was of a wonderful woman, who helped so many people, gave affection, hope when one would be feeling lost. Christine, thank for all you did, for teaching me about Canada and the prairies, and for all that solidarity to the refugees. From far away Chile, Lily Casas
Lily Casas
June 14, 2018
My sincere condolences. A terrible loss to several communities.
M. Craig Campbell, Blacksmith
June 14, 2018
I am saddened by this news and extend my sympathy to Christine's family. I will always remember Christine for her friendship, warmth and her passion for social justice.
Felix Hoehn
June 14, 2018
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June 13, 2018
Glen, Mark, James, Michael, Ruth, Beth, Andrew and Mary and Christine's' extended family,
Please accept our family's deepest condolences. Christine exemplified everything that is decent in our world. As a global citizen she was honest, forthright, witty and kind. She knew how to lead a quality that Christine inherited from her parents Adele and Ben Smillie. We will miss Christine Smillie.
Pat Atkinson
June 13, 2018
My sincere sympathies to all the Smillie and extended family. May Christine rest in peace.
Garth Bishop
June 13, 2018
My thoughts and condolences go out to family and friends during this difficult time. It is so unfortunate that Christine's cancer journey occupied the last 15 years of her life. Her passion and work to build healthy communities and equality for all have made a mark and she leaves this world a better place.
Pam ReillyBruce
June 13, 2018
Very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Pat Myketa
June 12, 2018
Dear Glenn, Mark, James and Michael and all your families, Dawn and I and our kids just want to say that Christine was a wonderful woman, mom, friend and an inspiration to us all. She will be missed - take care.
David Forbes
June 12, 2018
I feel very privileged to have known Christine and worked with her. She set a great example for leadership using not just intellect but also heart, humour and humility. I know she left the world a better place, but I still wish she could have stayed longer.
Lori Latta
June 12, 2018
Christine, I will be forever grateful for your friendship, generosity and wisdom. You were a mentor and guiding light to me, and your strength, compassion and integrity have left a lasting legacy not only in Saskatoon but also globally. Companera Christine Smillie-Presente!
Myra Miller
June 11, 2018
The staff & board at the Saskatchewan Craft Council send our sincerest condolences to Christine's family and friends. We are so thankful for the time we had with Christine, while she was our Executive Director and Patron member. She will be greatly missed.
Sydney Luther
June 10, 2018
I loved Christine from the moment I met her - such compassion and integrity - a true friend - so many have lost so much
Kathi Cridland
June 10, 2018
I am so sorry to read of Christine's passing. She was a truly wonderful human being -- dedicated, passionate, kind and generous. My thoughts and condolences go to her family.
Phillip Hansen
June 9, 2018
A life well lived with passion and with love. Peace to you Glen, Mark, James and Mike.
Lorne Calvert
June 8, 2018
Such a powerful kind and wonderful human being we will miss her ❤❤
Monica Goulet
June 8, 2018
Dearest Christine, a huge and deep loss, but what a gift she was, a global conscience deeply rooted in Saskatchewan, solidarity and essential politics. Like her father, deep insight, and her mother, a builder of humane community. A challenging and loyal friend above all.
John Foster
June 7, 2018
I shall miss Chrissie, she gave me strength at my time of sadness .i send my sympathy to Ruth ,Mary Margaret ,her brother ,and of course Glen.Much love Betsy
Betsy Bury
June 7, 2018
Glen, Mark, James and Michael,
Such a loss for you
Such an loss for Saskatoon
Christines fierce advocacy came from her huge, loving heart
She inspired me to be courageous many times
Love to you. Grieve well.
barb janes
Barb Janes
June 6, 2018
My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a talents, loyal, and strong advocate and friend to many. She will be sadly missed. Our sympathies.
Cindy Hanson
June 6, 2018
I remember your mother and you three sons, from more than 20 years ago when I lived in Saskatoon. What a loss for you and the wider community. I last saw her and Glenn about 3 yrs ago when I was visiting Stoon. Christine's activism and compassion were inspiring. I'm so sorry.
Judy Haiven
June 6, 2018
Dear Glenn, Mark, James and Michael, I am very sorry to hear of your wife and mom's passing. My heartfelt condolences to your family. She was a courageous, strong, caring and beautiful woman. May she Rest In Peace, along side her beautiful mother.
Sheila Pocha
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