With deep sadness we announce the passing of Donna Hawkins on November 7, 2011, in Victoria, B.C.
Born February 2, 1960 in Burnaby B.C., Donna moved with her family to Errington on Vancouver Island in 1968. She attended Ballenas Secondary and Camosun College, before obtaining a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Victoria in 1990. While completing her Master’s degree Donna worked for the Provincial Government. Following the birth of her daughters, and the family’s return to Victoria from Nanaimo, Donna returned to work for the Province as a senior policy analyst in the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
Donna was predeceased by her father Gilbert Heys (1965) and mother Beverly Heys (1978). She will be sadly missed by her loving children Kate and Kelsie, and by Bill Hawkins with whom she shared a deep commitment to their daughters. She is also survived and will be missed by her siblings Debbie Heys, Brad Heys and Rhonda Epp, her mother in law Ann and sisters in law Cathie and Margaret and brother in law Mike, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Donna touched the lives of many with her caring spirit and big heart. She had a sharp wit, extraordinary sense of style, and a true zest for life. She was a loving mother and her life centered on her desire to give her daughters the very best of her. Donna will be forever remembered and cherished by her girls, large family and her enormous circle of friends. Thank you to her family, friends, and the staff at the Victoria Hospice for their exemplary and compassionate care of Donna during her illness. Your unending love and support made this very difficult journey a little easier for her to bear.
Please join us in a celebration of Donna’s life, on Saturday, December 3rd, at 2:30 p.m. at the University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel, followed
by a reception at the Arbutus/Queenswood
Room at the University.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Donna would be appreciated to the Victoria Hospice, 1510 Fort Street, Victoria, B.C.