WOOD, Gillian Elizabeth (McPherson),
Halifax, died 22 January 2013
Wife of Richard, mother of Allison, Lesley (Alan), and Bronwen, step- mother of Thomas, grandmother of Dexter and Remy, sister of Greg (Rose), Gillian died of cancer.
Gill was born in Winnipeg on 20 July 1948 to parents Cliff and Louise. Growing up in a military family she lived in many places both in Canada and abroad. She made Halifax her home in 1969.
Gillian's career with the Government of Nova Scotia and later Corporate Communications Limited prepared her for her defining role as Assistant Vice President, Government Relations, at Dalhousie University. During more than eight years, she was instrumental in helping Dalhousie achieve new goals with respect to both its core mission and infrastructure. In December of 2012 she was honoured as the inaugural recipient of the ''Gillian Wood Award'', established by the Government Relations Officers' Network of Canadian Universities, for exemplary service to her profession. Most recently she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to the public good of our community.
For many of us, the word ''light'' in its various meanings captures Gill. Certainly she lit up every room she entered and, as a young mother, was observed to float over her children, being calmly everywhere at once and giving each child the feeling of having her undivided attention. In her professional life she made colleagues feel less heavy by shouldering burdens, providing a perspective of what really mattered, working tirelessly to get what the University needed, approaching problems from all angles, and bringing laughter into meetings. Government officials have been known to say that they looked forward to their day at work when they saw her name on their agendas. The sunshine of her smile will be remembered for a long time.
Gill's family thank all the medical staff in Halifax whose skill and kindness made the last two years of her life as enjoyable as possible.
Thursday January 24, 2013
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