I read the article in the Hamilton Spectator over the weekend. It was beautiful! I guess some could see it as sad. You finally get to meet your son, son finally gets to meet his biological mother. Then she, unfortunately, passes away not too long afterwards. Tragic? After I see the look in Anita’s face in that photo, this is like a love story! She is in awe of this person that she created! I have never seen a more beautiful photo. It brings a smile to my face every time I look at it. Thank you for sharing this […]
I met Anita not too long after I opened the doors to my wellness center in Hamilton 2007. At the time, I was only 27 but talking to Anita was like talking to a lifelong friend. We would talk about yoga, clean eating, clean cooking, clean everything, travel, anatomy, nursing, gardening, restaurants, shopping, … oooh, we would talk. Every time she would visit she’d have a sparkle in her eye alongside warm calming nature. I admire her so much. She’s the type of lady one aspires to be like. She was so consistent in that Respect. How marvelous and heartbreaking […]
I first met Anita when I was a new RN, working at Chedoke, in the late 1970’s. To say that I was intimidated was an understatement. On night shift Anita would appear in the nursing station and ask multiple questions about patients and the tests that they were undergoing, you had to be on your toes. Years later as I recounted this experience to Anita, she just chuckled, and said “ I know”. I do believe she helped to make me a better nurse. I thought Anita was ageless, my condolences to all her family.
I met Anita on a trip to Barbados with a group of common friends. I felt an immediate connection to her spirit. A few years later when my life took a difficult turn, Anita was immediately present as a guiding light. She offered comfort, guidance, and taught me the way of self care. She took me on my first Yoga Retreat to Kripalu. She walked by my side through the darkness and shared in my joy when the light re-emerged. She called me the week before her passing to share with me her story. She shared it in such a […]
. “ I loved the article in the Spec by Jeff Mahoney and so happy you found each other. I worked with Anita at Chedoke McMaster for many years. I was the manager of the IV Team. My area was not under her direct supervision but I always respected her. She was smart, both physically and mentally, kind and understanding. I had an unhappy end to my career at McMaster but Anita and I had a mutual respect for each other. She came to my office on my last day and was very supportive to me and very complimentary to […]
In my early 20’s I started working at Chedoke hospital early one Morning Anita came to retrieve her office key. An older coworker was giving me heck for a Something or other and would not let me say a word. Anita spoke up and to her maybe if you would listen you may understand why. I loved Anita for that. I knew Winston while at Mumc what a gent. R.I.P. Anita
Anita was so many things, as others have described. She was classy, kind, compassionate, organized, intelligent, wise and meticulous. But she also loved to have fun! I was lucky enough to accompany her on several trips and sometimes if she was invited to an event, and Winston didn’t want to go, I would accompany her. Anita did have a great booming laugh. I’m so thankful that she was able to meet Ryan, and know that his life turned out just fine, before her untimely passing. We will all miss her.
I had the privilege of knowing Anita in many ways. I worked with Anita at Hamilton Health Sciences; and knew her to be always professional, caring of patients and staff alike. What I did not know was that she lived in the Long and Bisby building at the Chedoke site; where my son went to day care manly years later. She was also a neighbour; en route to work, around 830 am., I saw her returning from her walk! Anita was very fit and valued health. I also knew her as Reverend Isaac’s sister; she visited her brother regularly, cared […]
Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and inspirational story that can give hope to so many. Anita’s letter and your pictures together are now treasured keepsakes❤️
Anita was so kind to me as a new member of the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1. She took a personal interest in my quest to find employment as a social worker in Hamilton even though I hadn’t know her for long.I will remember her as a faithful and giving woman who never tired of caring for women and empowering them to fulfill their potential.