Saturday, June 22, 2024
June 22, 2024

BARNETT, Hildy Elaine

 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Hildy Elaine Barnett, a beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and dedicated community member. Hildy passed away on April 25th, 2024. She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Jeffrey, their children Joel (Angel), Mira (Brendan) and four cherished grandchildren: Julian, Maisie, Blake, and Mikayla Elaine.

Hildy grew up in Vancouver and attended Talmud Torah and Magee Secondary before earning her degree from the University of British Columbia, where she specialized in education for special needs children. She went on to work with the school board for 30 years, during which she also earned a master’s degree in school psychology. Her passion for education and her commitment to her students were undeniable.

Throughout her career, Hildy was known for her selflessness and dedication to the community. Even after her retirement, she continued to make a significant impact. She volunteered at Canuck Place, served on the board of directors for the Jewish Community Center (JCC), and was instrumental in producing a monthly newsletter and organizing the JCC Annual Sports Dinner. She also created the Teen Awards Program to recognize outstanding young people.

Hildy, along with two friends, started the Innovators Luncheon, a successful fundraising initiative now in its 18th year. She also played a key role in establishing the Reuven Feuerstein Center in partnership with the Vancouver School Board, which trains teachers to work with children who have learning difficulties.

Shortly before her passing, Hildy made the generous decision to fund the Hildy Barnett Wellness Suites at Talmud Torah, to support children with unique educational needs.

She will be missed by many, but her legacy of compassion and service will continue to inspire all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Hildy’s memory may be made to: 

L’Chaim Adult Day Center 950 W 41st AveVancouver, BC V5Z 2N7Attention: Leah Deslauriers(604) 638-7275

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