Social activist, sex education teacher, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother.
July 6, 1924 – November 15, 2012
After a very full and active life, Lucette Hansen passed away peacefully at the age of 88. Lucette was born in Liege, Belgium to Rene and Juliette Hansen. The family moved in 1927 to Timmins, Ont.
She attended Queen's University on a scholarship receiving her BA in 1945. As a beautiful and popular student, Lu was voted ''Queen of Queen's'' earning a trip to Toronto sponsored by Eaton's. At Queen's, Lucette met and married fellow student and RCAF pilot John Conner.
The couple moved to Montreal and later Rosemere, contributing to the baby boom with 4 children, Brian, Cynthia, Beverley and Bruce, all born between 1949 and 1958. As the children grew up in the sixties, she began to find time to pursue her interests in social justice, the arts, and feminism.
She became involved in women's health issues, including the right to choose, actively supporting Dr. Morgentaler, while working for Planned Parenthood. She also earned her certificate in French translation from McGill.
In 1980, Lu now well into her 50s, set out on a further adventure, becoming a social worker and sex education teacher in Quebec's Lower North Shore while living in the isolated community of Chevery.
The final chapter of Lu's life was her best time, she said. She retired in 1987 and moved to Vancouver, sharing a Kitsilano duplex with her son's family. In Vancouver, she actively pursued social justice, feminist, peace, and socialist issues volunteering with organizations such as Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Elizabeth Fry Society, the Raging Grannies, Women's Legal Education and Action Fund and the NDP. She was a longstanding member with the Vancouver Women's Health Collective which honoured her by naming the first women's only pharmacy after her, called ''Lu's Place''.
Despite the busy life of an activist, she read prodigiously and enjoyed her home, complete with up to 3 cats, garden, and wonderful meals prepared for family and friends. She travelled extensively throughout her life, to Europe as well as further afield to Israel, Guatemala, Peru, India, Thailand, Vietnam, and China.
As a close friend said, ''Lu was a woman ahead of her time; well- travelled, well-read, strong and opinionated. If you didn't agree with her, well....look out, but if she was on your side she was a strong and loyal friend. She was a true inspiration to us and her spirit will live on for many years to come.''
The family wishes to offer sincere appreciation and thanks to the kind and caring staff at Blenheim Lodge in Vancouver. Those who wish to make a contribution in memory of Lucette's life may donate to:
Vancouver Women's Health Collective
29 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1G4
The family will be hosting a celebration of Lucette Hansen's life in Vancouver on what would be her next birthday, July 6, 2013. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish further information.
Saturday November 24, 2012
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