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Cathy Nesbitt '74

It is great sadness that we announce the passing of Cathy Nesbitt, Class of '74.

NESBITT: Cathy (’74), of Kelowna, passed on her 58th birthday, March 1, 2015, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born March 1,1957 to Robert Nesbitt and Jean Dell. Married Richard Romolock on September 23, 1995. Cathy had two passions in life: she was a certified celebrant and a dog trainer. She helped so many in their time of need as a celebrant. Her love of animals had no limit. She loved the sport of dog agility and was a Masters Agility judge. She touched many lives 2 legged and 4. Cathy is survived by her husband Richard, father Robert, mother Jean, sister Carol, and many other family and friends. Cathy is also survived by her dogs Pearl, Chiquita, Ariel, Buttons, Quinn, Baba Loey, Boris and Mojo, and Cats JR, Ringo and Rusty. A Celebration of Cathy's life was held on Saturday March 14 at 11:00 am at First Memorial Funeral Services in Kelowna.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting 



Cathie Borrie '70

Cathie Borrie's memoir, "The Long Hello", self-published in 2010, has been acquired by Simon & Schuster Canada where the upcoming publication date is in January 2015. Based largely on recorded conversations during the time Cathie's mother had Alzheimer's, this memoir also includes back stories of family and life experiences which sets out the caregiving years in context. 

Sandra Brander-Smith ‘76


Sandra Brander-Smith has been living in Los Angeles for over 20 years but remains close to her Canadian roots and ties. She is currently working as a consultant with the US company, Rodan + Fields, the skin care company owned by the same dermatologists who created the Proactiv skin care products. If you are interested in skincare or learning about Rodan + Fields' expansion into Canada, Sandra welcomes your inquiries.

Kerry-Lynne Findlay '71

Kerry-Lynne Findlay '71, PC, QC, MP (Delta—Richmond East), was appointed Minister of National Revenue July 15. This is Kerry-Lynne’s second Cabinet appointment, having been named Associate Minister of National Defence February 22 after serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice. A new grandmother of twin boys born to Hannah Chapman McCormack ’99. Also celebrating daughter Donna's ’11 Golden Key Society membership and Lindsay’s ’13 Graduation with Honours.




Nan Avant '75

Nan's new concert work, Tributum composed for Celtic Bagpipes and Chamber Orchestra will have a World Premier in the Celebrate World Music! Concert at Seattle's Benaroya, Nordstrom Hall on March 24, 2013 @ 2pm


Cathie Borrie ‘70

Nov. 25th 1:30 pm @ St.Andrew's-Wesley

'It wasn’t Crazy until you got here!'

Finding Humour, Hope, and Meaning in the Alzheimer’s Experience. (A Theatrical Reading with Musical Accompaniment), with Cathie Borrie (author), Patti Allan (actor) and Ariel Barnes (cellist), and The Marcus Mosely Chorale. Following a mother’s lead, a daughter is led into an unconventional dance, transforming the seemingly despairing dementia experience into one which reveals profound meaning, insight, humour, and an astonishing poetic sensibility.


Rue Avant '73  

Rue recently completed her Doctor of Education from Mills College in May and is working as an Assistant Principal at an independent school in Kuwait.


Jacoline (Borland) Loewen ’78

Jacoline (Borland) Loewen ‘78 has celebrated a number of successes this past year. Her firm Loewen and Partners won an industry “Deal of the Year” award. Her book Money Magnet: How to Attract Investors to Your Business is being used to instruct entrepreneurs in Ivey’s MBA program and she’s returning to BNN TV show The Pitch as a judge for a second year.


In Memory

Hilary Maddison (Powell) Bruhn '71

October 29, 1953 – October 3, 2012

When classmates and friends met recently to celebrate the life of Hilary Bruhn, Head Girl 1971, there was no shortage of words and anecdotes to describe the person they loved.

“She was, quite simply, a BRILLIANT student”, recalled former Junior School Head, Jean Begg.

Hilary entered CHS in grade one during Muriel Bedford-Jones' inaugural year as Head of School. The school remained an abiding presence in Hilary’s life and she often timed her visits to Vancouver to align with Crofton House birthdays and reunions.

Hilary’s accomplishments and contributions were achieved against a background of health challenges. In early adulthood she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, a condition that required vigilant management. In her twenties she was successfully treated for cancer. In 2010, cancer was again diagnosed, but she carried on with the grace and good humour that were so typical of her. When Hilary learned that there were no more viable treatment options for her, her husband says that she protested, “But I would have made such a good old lady!” 

Hilary lived her life with tremendous vitality and imagination. She lived with kindliness and enjoyment and that is how she accepted the gift of life. Hilary was deeply loved, and will be deeply missed. 

This memorial was written by Hilary’s classmates, Liz Tuck ’71 and Barbara (Baldwin) Constantine ’71. Read More >> 

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