Katherine Willett was many things: a change maker, a beloved community member, and an outspoken advocate for family caregivers and seniors. The Patient Voices Network would like to take this time to acknowledge all the lives Katherine touched and the many changes she fought for as a volunteer in our health care system.
Most people look to others to create change. But it takes a strong, unique individual to take the lead, make the effort and show people the way to making this world a better place.
It is with the utmost respect and admiration that Patient Voices Network salutes the legacy and life of PVN member Katherine Willett. Katherine passed away on Friday, April 6, at St. Paul’s Hospital. A celebration of life will be held on May 27.
Over the years, Katherine brought her endless enthusiasm, wit and resolve to every activity. Whether it was lending her expertise as a passionate advocate with the Family Caregivers of BC, or being an active champion for seniors as part of the Burnaby Health Services Network, she was a force to be acknowledged and respected for the contributions she made.
There were many teams and individuals that were impacted by Katherine’s commitment to engagement, and her legacy of accomplishments will resonate for years to come. Our deepest sympathies go out to her friends, family, co-workers and fellow PVN members that were touched by her over the years. Those of us that supported Katherine in her patient engagement work within PVN thank her for the contributions she has made. She will be remembered fondly for her many achievements, her tireless advocacy work, and her exceptional spirit.
A Celebration of Life for Katherine Willet
Katherine’s community will come together for a potluck picnic to celebrate her life on May 27, from 1700 – 2000.
The celebration will take place at Stanley Park’s Second Beach covered picnic site (near the red fire engine). Amenities at the site include shelter, tables, counter with three cold water sinks (no cooking appliances or fridge), four electrical outlets (15 amp only), washrooms, and accessible pay parking stalls.
Please bring food to share, as well as dishes/utensils, beverages, and a chair/ blanket for yourself.
Donations will be accepted for a scholarship fund to honour Katherine.
For updates or questions about Katherine’s celebration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: A Good Gerontologist to Know.