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Born: Nov 06, 1953

Date of Passing: Jun 27, 2015

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DAWNE MACKAY-CHIDDENTON Too soon, a gentle and beautiful soul quietly left us early Saturday, June 27, 2015. Dawne Elizabeth-Margaret MacKay-Chiddenton (nee MacKay) finally came to terms with her long struggle with cancer at only sixty-one years of age. Left to hold dear her memory are her beloved husband Mark, her cherished son Eryn, her brother Edmond (Leanne), nephew Paul, niece Bonnie, cousins Jackie (Miles) and Simone, her much loved aunties and cousins, and an enormous circle of friends. Dawne was predeceased by her parents Hugh and Cora MacKay, whom she adored, and her younger sister Kathleen, a recent loss, that was heartbreaking for Dawne. Dawne was born in New Westminster, British Columbia on November 6, 1953. Her family moved to Winnipeg when Dawne was very young, where she was raised. Dawne was educated at The Convent of the Sacred Heart, and upon graduation attended the University of Manitoba where, as a reflection of her strong belief in social justice, she earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree in October of 1976. The profession of Child and Youth Care would become her passion as she navigated her way from front line care-giver, working with high needs young people, to the management, coordination and development of programming and services for children in care, to the position of Instructor in the Child and Youth Care program at Red River College. In the meantime, Dawne worked on her Master of Social Work degree, which she received in October of 1999. Later, Dawne became Coordinator of the Child and Youth Care program at Red River College. As an advocate for the profession of Child and Youth Care, Dawne was continuously active in the Child and Youth Care Association of Manitoba, and was involved in policy development at the national level with child and youth care associations across Canada. In collaboration with a colleague, Dawne had been putting the finishing touches on a text book they were authoring for child and youth care students, and others working with high-needs, high-risk young people; publication is expected in the fall of this year in what will be a fitting and lasting tribute to a long and significant career where helping others was what motivated her. Dawne delighted in the outdoors, whether it was tending to the many gardens around her home, or exploring the wilderness areas she and Mark travelled to. While the dream to sail away was not realized in the earlier years, it was later fulfilled on Lake of the Woods, where in their cruiser Daybreak', they would explore the huge lake then lie at anchor in a quiet bay, and Dawne would marvel at the nature around her; or in exploring the boreal forest in their canoe where they encountered wildlife and flora that constantly inspired her. Dawne loved travel and adventures, and plans were always being contemplated for new experiences across the country and beyond. Dawne made friends wherever she went, in whatever circumstances she found herself; she was a devoted and loyal friend to all those that knew her. She loved to share meals with her family and friends, and talk of food, preparation of food, and the presentation of meals for loved ones and friends were important and treasured activities for her. The family wishes to sincerely thank Dawne's medical team at CancerCare, at St. Boniface Hospital, for their kindness, care and attention. A celebration of Dawne's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday July 4, 2015 at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg. Father Gerry Ward, a long time, and dear family friend, will officiate. Rather than flowers, donations in Dawne's memory can be made to Siloam Mission, 300 Princess Street Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1M3 Chapel Lawn 204-885-9715

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 02, 2015

Condolences & Memories (22 entries)

  • Dawne was one of my first clients that started seeing me when I got my first esthetics job. Dawne always picked the best shellac polish colours for me to apply to her nails. She really knew what colours suited her best as every colour she ever had always looked perfect with her style. I only came across this page now as I happened to be thinking about Dawne (as I did many times since I last saw her). As heartbroken as I am to know that I'll never see her again at the spa, I am so grateful to have met her as she truly is a wonderful lady. She always greeted me with a big smile that I'll never forget. My sincere condolences to Dawne's family. - Posted by: Amy (Her Esthetician ) on: Nov 27, 2015

  • I met Dawne when she was my Supervisor at. B&l Homes for children. Soon after working with her I realized that she was an honourable person, and generous, and fair. She allowed you to grow, and be the best that you could be your profession, and in your personal life-growth journey . I I learned that she didn't have to make herself look smarter, or more powerful than anyone, in fact, she often let others shine when she could have easily stepped up to claim the recognition and Glory she was deserved of. Over the years Dawne and I build a Friendship, a Kinship, and a Sister relationship. Time and distance never altered our Friendship, it made it deeper and stronger, and when we did see each other in person we picked up and kept going up from where we left off. Dawne loved her family and friends. What I remember, and what impressed me was how She loved and marveled at the many talents, and brilliance of her son Eryn. ...."He takes after his Mother" I always said. I was so proud and in awe of her for her impressive fight with Cancers. Brave, inspirational! So "Dawne-like". In most recent years, I was so proud of her discovery. and expression, of the beauty in the world around her. How she loved the land, the water, the sky's....everything. ...and how I loved her. Dawne, fly high my darlin. I will feel your Spirit close by. I will hold you in my Heart. ....always.. My love and thoughts go out to Mark, to Eryn, and to Dawnes family. Blessings. Addena. - Posted by: Addena Sumter-Freitag (Friend/Sistah) on: Jul 20, 2015

  • I met Dawne when a group of women afflicted with lymphedema due to breast cancer met in June 2011 to form the Manitoba Lymphedema Support Group. In spite of her busy schedule, Dawne chaired the monthly meetings. She had a bright smile and brought positive energy to our group. It was a pleasure knowing her and she will not be forgotten. Sincere Condolences to Mark and Eryn - Posted by: Judy (Friend) on: Jul 06, 2015

  • My sincere condolences to Mark, whose respect for his wife's work and her passion for healing children and youth, made a strong impression on me. Peace will take some time but it will come, my friend. - Posted by: Laura (Mark's colleague) on: Jul 06, 2015

  • I met Dawne many years ago through work and she and Mark welcomed me into their lives. Dawne was a beautiful spirit. Her kindness and compassion for the work she did was truly inspirational and her friendship unconditional and complete. Whether it was the dinners, singing songs late into the night or the long late night conversations, Dawne wrapped herself around those she cared for and gave her complete loyalty and friendship. I am deeply saddened to hear of Dawne's passing and send my deepest condolences to Mark, Eryn and those most touched by her loss. I will hold the very special memories I have of Dawne in my heart and will endeavour to hold her principles and passion as my inspiration. Rest in peace my dear friend....your spirit will be with us always - Posted by: Tanis Evans (Old friend and co-worker) on: Jul 04, 2015

  • I recall Dawne with great fondness for her personality and admiration for her work. I had hoped to attend her life celebration today but could not. I worked for the province of Manitoba and Dawne worked at Red River College. We were involved with the set up of the Ndinawe CYC Training program together. I was saddened to hear the news of her passing and my heartfelt condolences are extended to her family, friends and other colleagues. She will be missed! - Posted by: Wendy Scheirich (colleague) on: Jul 04, 2015

  • Dawne, you were such a kind and caring person. Thank you for all that you have taught me these past years. You will truly be missed. - Posted by: Denise Rubin (Student (2013-2015)) on: Jul 04, 2015

  • My dearest friend Dawne, you meant the world to me.. I love how you never once judged me, you were always there no matter what I did or what I was going through.. From my time in care, all the way up to the day you passed away... It is very hard for me to say good-bye today.. You were such a beautiful human being and I am so thankful to have known you for 20 yrs.. I love u my sweet friend rest easy 😘😘😘💔 - Posted by: Tanya Farewell (Friend) on: Jul 04, 2015

  • You will be missed by so many Dawne. A true CYC by heart that genuinely cared so much for others. Thank you for your wise teachings, encouraging voice and warm hugs. I will forever remember you and the important role you played in my life. You remain a positive memory close to me, with those smiling eyes and of course that giant loving smile to match. I will miss your welcoming hugs to the music of your silver bangles every time we met, even if years had passed. Rest in peace & my condolences to the family & those close to Dawne. A lovely, kind soul is remembered! xo - Posted by: Jasmine Mulvey (Student 04-06) on: Jul 03, 2015

  • My heart felt really heavy when a former schoolmate called me this morning with the news of Dawne's passing, I will always remember you as the one that pushes you do your best when you are relaxing, I remember you (Dawne) whenever we are late for a presentation that you will let us wait outside the classroom until there was break before we could go in, so we do not disturb the listening pleasure of the people in the class, You taught us to respect each other, You will forever be missed, I remember the last time we met, You told me you and another colleague of yours were writing a book concerning youth in-care, Your passion of care will continue to live on. Cancer you did not win, Dawne won. Dawne has gone to rest where there is no pain. I will miss you my Teacher. - Posted by: Anyope Joy Idahosa (Student(2010-2012)) on: Jul 03, 2015

  • Passionate advocate for children and youth! Dawne you will be missed by so many... - Posted by: Carolyn Peters (Community Colleague) on: Jul 03, 2015

  • I am so saddened by the news of Dawne's passing. I worked with her in the early 90s. Dawne's smile would light up a room. She was the best boss I have ever known. Her compassion and understanding of others was incredible. I am so very proud to have known her. Gone way too soon, she will never be forgotten. Hugs to Mark and Eryn. - Posted by: Margaret (Haynes-Warniski) on: Jul 03, 2015

  • Dawne was my teacher, and advocate while I was taking the Child and Youth Care course through Red River. Immediately upon meeting Dawne I knew she would be a wonderful, inspirational person that I would enjoy being around. Dawne was truly a gentle, helping, motivational spirit, always willing to go the extra mile to offer and support, or just a shoulder to lean on. She helped to motivate and push me when things got tough during school and practicing, and always had a special way of saying things that could make anybody see the light in the darkest situations. It truly saddens me that such an amazing woman is gone. I hope she is finally at peace, and is up there spreading all her love and joy, as she was doing down here. You will be missed. - Posted by: Kailee (Student) on: Jul 03, 2015

  • Dawne you were an amazing mentor with a beautiful soul and a smile to match. You will be missed but never forgotten. - Posted by: Sundee Blackadder ( ) on: Jul 03, 2015

  • I would like to offer my most sincere condolences to Dawne's family, colleagues, students, and many friends. We have lost a shining star from our sky. I came to know Dawne when we served together on the Board of CYCWAM in the 2000's. She encouraged me to run and later took me under her wing as we worked together. Her passions for Youth Care, children and education were immediately evident. She was an inspiring and supportive mentor to me. I learned a great deal from her during that time. We crossed paths many times after that and each time it was like no time had passed at all. We shared many laughs, hugs, stories, and rants. Fare thee well Dawne, RIP. - Posted by: Brenda Neiles (Collegue) on: Jul 03, 2015

  • I came to work with Dawne and Mark many many years ago (30+) at B and L Homes. She was a mentor, friend and lead me to my current career of social work. Back then we did the best work I have ever done and truly watched her make a wonderful difference in children's lives. The world has lost a great woman and educator. My condolences to Mark and family. May your wonderful memories help to ease your terrible grief. - Posted by: Sandra McCrea (previous coworker and friend) on: Jul 03, 2015

  • Dawne you were an amazing teacher and will so be missed. May you rest in peace. - Posted by: Michelle Plett (former student ( 2002-2004)) on: Jul 02, 2015

  • My condolences to the family. Dawne will be missed. - Posted by: Luigina (Louie) Girden (co-worker) on: Jul 02, 2015

  • My heartfelt condolences to Dawne's family, she was an awesome educator and mentor whom I will never forget. Dawne's spirit is sure to surround and comfort those that knew her, may you rest in peace Dawne ❤️ - Posted by: Brandi Falk (student 2002-2004) on: Jul 02, 2015

  • My sincerest condolences to the family. I worked with Dawn at b and l homes for children many years ago. I remember how she really listened to people and made them feel very at ease. It was a real privilege to work with her. Lenore (former co-worker) - Posted by: lenore (former co worker) on: Jul 02, 2015

  • I am very saddened to know of Dawne's passing, far too soon. I remember her from years ago, at the Convent, where as someone a year ahead of me, she took the time to welcome me and make me feel at ease. This was a rare occurrence with someone more senior, and she always had something positive or funny to say. It is no surprise that she devoted her life to the well being of those who needed care. Remember her as a gentle, caring, fun-loving person, with a wonderful playful spark. My sincere condolences to her family at this time. - Posted by: Enid Barnes () on: Jul 02, 2015

  • I came to know Dawne as I enrolled in the Child and Youth Care program in the fall of 2004. I remember Dawne being a support to me and many others throughout my duration in school. She was always the type of instructor to push you beyond what you thought your limits were; because of this, it has made me stronger and more self confident to take on the world. I so appreciate Dawne's life and all she has done to contribute to the Child and Youth Care community. Rest in peace dear soul... - Posted by: Janine Leippi (Former Child and Youth Care student) on: Jul 02, 2015

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