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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Catherine, after a short battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Catherine passed away in her sleep at the Riverview Health Centre on November 18, 2018. Catherine was born on June 5, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, where she grew up and began her career in human resources. She would spend the entirety of her professional life working in HR, concluding as Director of HR and OD for Qulliq Energy Corp. During her career, Catherine made many lifelong friends, and she was particularly known for her willingness to mentor junior colleagues who sought guidance with their careers. In addition to being passionate about her work, Catherine was a very caring individual who loved entertaining, always keen to share stories and to make sure her guests never wanted for more of her delicious cooking or a glass of wine. She also loved nature and had an almost limitless compassion for animals. Catherine is survived by her daughter, Caelin (Dunn), and her son, Noah (McLeod). A private celebration of her life will be held for close friends and family.




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  • Louise Giesbrecht Posted November 24, 2018 8:12 am

    Catherine truly was a caring HR professional. I remember with such pleasure our years together at Palliser, the luxurious dinners at her apartment, the laughter and her incredible wit and insight. Sincere condolences to Caelen and Noah.

  • Eileen Kirton Posted November 25, 2018 6:28 am

    So sorry to hear of Catherine’s passing. I so enjoyed connecting with her as a fellow HR professional. She had a lot of passion and energy stored in that tiny frame. I particularly enjoyed her upbeat nature and hearing her unique voice and very frequent laugh. I’m sure she made a mark on the lives of many people with her caring approach to human resources. Sincere sympathy to her family.

  • Karen swystun Posted November 25, 2018 8:53 am

    Catherine will also have a special place in my mind. She placed me in my first position. I will always remember her as someone to always encourage others around her and always someone very hardworking and caring. She will live on in the minds and hearts of many she worked with during her life and especially her career. Rest In Peace Catherine.

  • Peter Mackey Posted November 25, 2018 10:11 pm

    I had the emmense pleasure of working with Catherine for 5 years at Qulliq Energy. She was a dynamo in a small package that I struggled to keep up with. Catherine was also the single most influential bearing on my growth and development as a leader. She became a great mentor and friend for life during our time together. Her legacy will continue through all the people she influenced through her career, friendship, and love.

  • Susan Doerksen Castro Posted November 26, 2018 1:23 pm

    OH dearest Catherine….. you were exactly that – a guide for me when I was lost. Feeling alone, unsupported. You believed in me maybe even more that I believed in myself. I have long held a place for you in my heart. I always will. Your powerhouse energy will be missed. You were truly an agent of transformational change. Ridiculously competent. Massively big hearted. A force to be reckoned with…. thank you for pouring into me, for all your love, for your deep belief in the human spirit. I’ll see you on the other side. Susan xo

  • Debra Wutke Posted November 27, 2018 10:30 pm

    I had the pleasure of getting to know Catherine when she became an instructor with the University of Winnipeg, Continuing Education division about 2004. I hired her to teach in the HR Diploma program and she was a dynamo committed to student success as she coached students through the Training and Development course. I enjoyed learning from her as a student in this course and still recall the group project on laughter that we presented. She was an extraordinary professional, talented and passionate and I can only imagine the number of lives she touched and impacted. My sincere sympathy to Caelin and Noah and may it bring you some comfort to know the depth and breadth of the lasting legacy your mother leaves behind.

  • Bohdan Chreptyk Posted March 24, 2019 6:02 pm

    Our deepest condolences to her family from Bohdan &Linda Chreptyk .We lived at the RoyalWoos Estates condo complex opposite her beautiful condo which she invited us over for tea& a sweet. we enjoyed our chats with her very much. Linda &I will miss her charming smile &conversations that we had with her.

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