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In Memoriam ~ Lois Godfrey

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of BACI’s founding members — Lois Godfrey.

We extend our deepest sympathy to her daughters Yvonne Taylor and Carie Faa, and to the other family members, friends and colleagues whose lives she touched in such meaningful ways.

From the first time 9 families sat around Lois’ kitchen table 60 years ago to discuss the creation of an organization that would support their children to live at home (rather than at an institution), go to school, and be included in their communities — a radical concept at the time — Lois has been a driving force in the evolution of the Burnaby Association, and in the development of the community living movement across the province and in Canada.

A member of BACI’s Board for 20 years, and President of BACI’s Board for 4 years, Lois was actively involved in BACI’s organizational growth and direction. A long-time member of BACI’s Advocacy Committee, Parent’s Vocational Support Committee, and Seniors’ Committee, she worked hard to create a more caring and accepting community in Burnaby — and to involve others in that vision as well.

Lois’ notable work in Burnaby led her to become President of the Board of the then-named BC Association for Retarded Children from 1959 to 1962 (now known as InclusionBC). Her work at the provincial level garnered her attention at the national level, and Lois was appointed Vice President of the Canadian Association for the Mentally Handicapped from 1960 to 1962.

Her outstanding achievements at the Burnaby Association were formally recognized in 1999, when Lois was given BACI’s highest award — an Honorary Lifetime Membership.

Lois always felt it was important to give back to her community and her province, and we think she accomplished this in remarkable fashion.

We who knew her well at the Burnaby Association will cherish not only the positive impact she had on the lives of people with disabilities in Canada, but the indelible mark she left on all who were privileged to know her.  Lois will be greatly missed.

Lois head shot

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