____ Posted Thursday January 11, 2018 ____

Sad to See You Go

Trudy Beaulne Will be Remembered for Her Caring and Love of Mother Earth

Dear Community,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Staff and Members of the Social Development Centre of Waterloo Region (SDCWR), it is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we are writing to inform you of the passing of our beloved Executive Director, Trudy Beaulne on Friday January 5th, 2018.

Trudy joined the SDCWR in June of 1999, and for over eighteen years served as the agency’s longest-serving Executive Director. Throughout this time, Trudy shared with us her vast fountain of knowledge, her incredible leadership abilities and her hope and love for humanity as the true caregiver for the Mother Earth.

Trudy was a community advocate, who fought tirelessly throughout her life to represent society’s marginalized populations. Her leadership style was based upon empowerment of others, and she held a strong person-centred perspective towards social justice and equality. Beyond the SDCWR, Trudy was also engaged with countless community projects. She served for two decades on the Boards of the Social Planning Network of Ontario and InformOntario - Association of Community Information Centres in Ontario. She was equally rooted in her immediate community and served on the Board of the Mount Hope-Breithaupt Park Neighbourhood Association, while providing leadership with the Kithcener's Festival of Neighbourhoods for the last 24 years. She was most vocal regarding poverty elimination, respect for human rights and improving lives of persons with disabilities. Trudy contributed to the success of numerous initiatives in the region, some of which are Livable and Inclusive Communities, Living Wage Waterloo Region, Poverty Free Waterloo Region, Affordable Housing and Visitable Housing. Determined to broaden the decision-making process with voices from a whole spectrum of lived experience, she was a tireless advocate for accessible and inclusive public consultation and deliberation.

For anyone who had the pleasure of meeting Trudy, they could testify to the fact that her passion was contagious. For Trudy, her work was not simply a vocation—it was a way of life. Trudy’s very soul lived and breathed compassion. To be around her was to be inspired.

In recent years, changes in our societal landscape, and challenges with retaining consistent levels of funding, made the work at the Centre extremely challenging. Nevertheless, Trudy remained steadfast in her unwavering commitment to making the Centre an agency that could provide leadership and resources for community development in Waterloo Region. It is the legacy of her work that we are committed to carrying forth in the years to come and we hope you will join us.

One of Trudy’s favourite quotes was Mahātmā Gandhi’s “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Trudy – you have forever changed our worlds. We miss you more than words can possibly ever say.

With Deepest Sorrow,

Carol Motuz
Board of Directors
Social Development Centre Waterloo Region

Funeral arrangements for Trudy will take place on Friday January 12th, at Henry Walser Funeral Home. 507 Frederick St., Kitchener.
Trudy’s family welcomes visitation from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Memories will be shared at 2:00 p.m.





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