Helen Thom, BA’55, BSW’56

Helen ThomHelen passed away on September 22, 2016, after a long struggle with cancer that she managed with incredible courage and dignity. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 60 years, Gordon; her three children, Kathy, Graham (Michele), and Margot (Laurent); and her brother, Edward Hurlston (Carol) and niece, Kim. She leaves to specially remember her, six grandchildren whom she adored: Dani (Craig), Durham, Natasha, Derek, Evan, and Lucas. Helen had a very full and vibrant life with many cherished friendships. She lived most of her life in the Dunbar area and attended Queen Elizabeth Elementary, Lord Byng Secondary, and UBC, where she completed her BA and BSW. Her early career found her working in remote areas of Northern BC and then at an adoption placement agency in Vancouver. Later, after devoting her endless energy to raising her family, she completed her MA at SFU in 1982. She trained as an Orton‑Gillingham tutor, teaching children with dyslexia and worked as a practicum advisor for tutor training.


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