With heavy hearts, we share that Carol passed away on January 31, 2021.
For over seven years she shared her ALS journey on this forum -- and -- there’s so much more to Carol than you may know. She has always been a committed advocate and champion for those needing a voice: this was her DNA long before her diagnosis. And much as she was proud of her advocacy, she didn’t want to be remembered just for ALS. And how could we when there was so much more to her? Whether rejoicing in nature at Kamp Kanawana, serving as Camp Hayward Director in Cape Cod, teaching in Saint Maarten, or facilitating groups with concurrent disorders at the Canadian Mental Health Association in Ottawa, this McGill graduate and certified art therapist brought joy to so many. Beloved wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, she was vegetarian for decades and animal lover too - the “C’ in Carol surely stood for caring, always all ways.
She will be dearly missed by her extended family and friends around the world; all those in the ALS and mental health community, YMCA camp world, McGill and Kappa networks, and every place she lived and loved. Still 49 years young, the scope of her loved ones is too numerous to mention here.
No matter what “next” you believe in, it’s comforting to think of Carol with brother Don, cats Cookie and Nemo, sharing tea (or champagne!) with Granny, and planning her next trip. We wish her great music,
delicious food, and satisfying cards and puzzles.
We’ll miss you Carol, our lives were better for knowing you, no matter how short that may have been.
Please keep Travis, Dory, and Buddy in your thoughts; and at such a time when it’s safe to be together again, we look forward to hugging and celebrating all things about our sweet crown-wearing princess and great surpriser, Carol.
If you would like to continue Carol’s legacy of caring, donations in her honour are gratefully welcomed at:
Let’s remember how much awareness was raised with the ALS Bucket Challenge - we encourage you to be inspired by Carol’s life and take action. As we learn from one of Carol’s favorite characters, Ferris Bueller: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” What are you doing to live, love and laugh for your best life?