Passed away peacefully in Campbell River, BC after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Vancouver, BC – May 7, 1954. Survived by her husband, Brian Giles; her loving sons, Damien (Natasha) and Justin (Andrea); her mother, Stella Haber; sister Diana (Gary) Westgeest of New Westminster; sister Loretta (Brian) Robinson of Peachland; and brother Larry (Sylvia) Haber of Kimberley. Also survived by many nieces and nephews who meant the world to her – Angela, Danielle, Sonya and Joseph; Cary (Susan) and their children, Catarina and Kyle; Kevin (Michelle) and their children, Jeremy and Kasondra; Michelle (Kevin) and their children Kristina and Colin; Jamie (Jill) and their children, Jordan and Jenna. Predeceased by her father, Joseph Haber. A special thank you to the tireless nurses at Home Community Care, particularly Barb, Deb, Pat and Tracy, also Kim at Home Support. And thank you for the compassionate care of Drs. Kathleen MacFadden, Gwen Bruce-Houle, Nelson Svorkdal, Peter Olesen and Christoph Kind. Joanne was a uniquely sensitive, and kind person who danced with the angels in life and left everyone she met a better person. Never an unkind word came from her lips, only encouragement for those seeking the light. She received a diploma in recreation from Langara College in Vancouver. She taught Tai Chi classes in Vancouver, North & West Vancouver, Squamish and Campbell River for 24 years. She was a member of the BC Acupressure Therapists’ Association, an accomplished Jin Shin Do practitioner and well advanced in Qigong training in recent years. And she was the Executive Director of Future Focus engaged in supporting disabled adults in North Island. In between these activities she had two wonderful boys who made her and Brian very happy.
There will be a Celebration of Joanne’s Life at 1pm, Sunday June 1st at the Elks Hall – 512 South Dogwood Street. All those who knew her are invited for an audio-visual experience and some music. If unable to attend, in lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Canadian Cancer Society.