Marie was a lifelong social worker at work and in her spare time. She was a long time employee with Family and Children Services of Waterloo Region where she was committed to fighting for the rights of children. She sat on the board of Anselma House for many years. Marie was a constant and voracious reader as well as an avid hiker. She was also a passionate devotee of Canadian theatre and never missed either the Toronto International Film Festival or Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival. She could be fierce in fighting for things she believed in and was well known for tenaciously taking on injustice where she saw it. But she was also a loving and generous mother and friend who would do literally anything for her family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the following charities: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Doctors Without Borders, House of Friendship, Blyth Festival Theatre, the Tarragon theater, the Stephen Lewis Foundation, TVOntario, Rare, the Kitchener Foodbank, and the Grand River Regional Cancer Centre.
Messages and condolences may be left for the family at www.tricitycremations.com or 519.772.1237. Please visit Marie's obituary notice on Facebook.