Vanier Institute mourns loss of former Board Member Doris Badir

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Remembering Doris Badir

Doris passed away on June 7, 2011, after a long illness. Doris will be dearly missed by her devoted husband and loving caregiver, Magdy; her daughter, Patricia, son-in-law Erik and granddaughter, Lucie; her brothers Jack and Gordon and sisters-in-law Bette and Laura; her nieces and nephews, Wendy, Shelley, David, Marjorie, Michael, Kristiane, Mickey, Alice, Magdy and Mira; the Kierens and the Morras as well as her many friends and colleagues.

Doris became Professor at the Macdonald Institute of Home Economics at Guelph University in 1953, after having completed a B.Sc. (HEc) at the University of Manitoba (1945) and an M.S. Ed. at Syracuse University (1953). She also earned a M.Sc. (Econ) at the London School of Economics in 1963. In 1965, Doris began teaching at the University of Waterloo. Two years later, Doris moved to Edmonton, where she served as Professor and then Dean of Home Economics at the University of Alberta until 1986, when she became special assistant to the president on employment equity until her retirement in 1990. Doris was the President of the Canadian Home Economics Association from 1976 to 1978 and President of the International Federation for Home Economics from 1988 to 1992. In this position, she helped to influence the United Nations to declare 1994 the International Year of the Family. In addition, Doris also served on the Board of Directors of the Vanier Institute of the Family from 1980 to 1986.

Doris was a wise, noble woman who will be remembered, not only in Canada but in many countries in the developing world, as a tireless feminist and an articulate advocate for children – particularly those living in poverty. She will be remembered at home as loving and committed sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.