My condolences to Joanne's entire family. I had the good fortune of working with Joanne at Vanier College for eight years before she retired. A few years ago, she returned to Vanier as part of a panel that spoke about the history of Women's and Gender Studies at Vanier, and I was so very happy to see her again, so engaged and involved, as always. Add me to the list of admirers of this truly amazing and inspiring woman. I'm sure she and Shirley are once again sharing stories and smiling (laughing most likely) as they watch over us....
I love the picture that was posted since Joanne's spirit really shines through. I shared many special moments teaching at Vanier with Joanne for many years and working in Women's Studies at Snowdon and then at the St. Croix campus. I remember having a Women's Studies lunch and meeting in her garden a long time ago. It was lovely even then. What a fantastic life that she had and I am proud to count her as a friend.
When I was four, and we lived in the countryside in southern Ontario, I told my mother (Joanne) that I was trying to catch a little bird, but it was too fast. She told me that if I could sprinkle salt on its tail then I'd be able to catch it. So I took a salt shaker and tried to sneak up on some birds, but they were too fast and I could get close enough to sprinkle salt on their tails. It was not until years later that realised that the point was that if I could get close enough to sprinkle salt on its tail, then I should be able to just grab it. I have no idea why she did that.
I am so sorry to hear about Joanne’s death. Without a doubt Joanne was a kind and gentle person and a wonderful colleague. Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Joanne was a welcoming teacher when I joined Vanier’s Women’s Studies Program. As a young member of a different department, I offered to lead this wonderful group on springtime /autumn hikes. Joanne’s laughter is still remembered, and also how she really seemed to enjoy this group of committed women to whatever they were teaching, discussing or chatting about. But most of all, I remember her kindness and her astute contributions during our meetings. She was a very special woman…