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Saturday December 1, 2012

BIRD, Sheila

1954 - 2012
Passed away in the arms of her husband, Thursday, November 29th, 2012. After more than ten years as a journalist in private radio and with Radio Canada International, Sheila began a distinguished career in the Public Service. She worked at the Privy Council Office, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Department of Justice and played a key role in the Afghanistan Task Force. In November, 2008, Sheila became a member of the RCMP's senior executive, as Executive Director of Public Affairs. In June, 2011 she led the Force's Strategic Policy and Planning Directorate. Sheila received many citations and accolades during her career, most recently the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. In her honour, flags on RCMP buildings across Canada were lowered to half-staff. Sheila was the beloved wife of Ken Rockburn, mother of Lauren and Ellis, daughter of James and Lydia, and sister to Phillip (Jennifer), David, Andrew (Mary), Marian and Barbara (Dan). In memory of Sheila, donations to the Maycourt Hospice would be greatly appreciated.
Donations can also be made to The Sheila Bird Scholarship at Carleton University's School of Journalism at www.carleton.ca/giving/give/or by contacting the Department of University Advancement at 613-520-2600 ext. 3096.

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