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Date of Passing: Apr 02, 2021

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It is with immense sadness that family and friends announce Joann's passing at home on April 2, 2021, at the age of 87 years due to the lingering and devastating effects of Covid.
Along with her many friends, colleagues and cousins, she will be missed by nephew Dr. Bill MacMorran (Dr. Anh Thu Bui) and their daughter Sao Mai (Berkeley, California) and niece Kristin Garn (Kelowna, BC). She was predeceased by her parents, William and Annie Joanna (Jo) MacMorran; and her brother Dr. Ian MacMorran. Joann loved her family and was immensely proud of and committed to honouring their legacy.
Joann was a lifetime resident of Riverview, attended Kelvin High School, graduated from the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing (1955), and Bachelor of Nursing, University of Manitoba 1965. Her early nursing career took her to Los Angeles, San Francisco, England, Calgary and in Winnipeg Victorian Order of Nurses, Provincial Public Health and Student Advisor at University of Manitoba, Faculty of Nursing.
In 1971, Joann began her trailblazing work as the Provincial Nurse Consultant in Tuberculosis and Chronic Pulmonary Disease that for the next 30 years would define the role of tuberculosis nursing care in Manitoba. Working with Dr. E. S. Hershfield and the TB team she visited many communities and reserves finding active cases, organizing treatment and teaching staff and families. Joann also gave workshops, presentations in North America, South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, and Taiwan. After retirement (2001) she joined the Canadian International Development Agency in a project in Guyana and made many significant contributions. Joann was a trailblazer in many facets of her life and she was recently honoured to be one of the 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazer Award recipients from the Nellie McClung Foundation. See her profile at:
As a young woman Joann was a keen sports buff, volleyball, biking, skiing and was the first Nurse at the Canadian Legion Athletic Camp at the International Peace Gardens. She maintained her fitness and was still rollerblading at age 70! She caught the travel bug early and had her first international trip "hitch hiking" in Europe. In 1994 she biked along the Danube River to Vienna. She loved travelling and acquired friends at every destination and kept up communication for many years.
Grand Beach, the cottage on Third Avenue (a family retreat for three generations) was her home away from home. Joann shared the stories and preserved the antiques and photos from the early days onwards. She loved music, theatre, art and was a supporter of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre and Manitoba Opera.
Many thanks for the caring leadership of her dear friend Barbara Shumeley, many home care and private caregivers and "Friendship Force" (a group of Joann's friends and colleagues) for all the love and support these past months. A celebration of Joann's life is pending.
Donations in Joann's memory can be made to WSO Sistema Program, an after-school music program for children with the greatest need. Send to Suite 2110-One Lombard Place, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X3.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 01, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • On behalf of our WGH/HSC Nursing Alumni we extend our sincerest condolences to Joann's family and friends. Joann had a remarkable career in nursing with outstanding accomplishments. A treasure to our nursing Alumni on many fronts, one being a valued '55 class rep. Joann made a difference and will be missed. - Posted by: MARIAN Ulyatt (WGH/HSC Nursing Alumni Friendship Convenor) on: May 10, 2021

  • Joann was what Malcolm Gladwell called a “super connector”, someone with an extraordinary knack of making friends and built a network of people that became her “Friendship Force”. Jo cultivated connections and encouraged others to make small differences that could lead to big changes. She was able to introduce people, ideas and resources into any situation. Encyclopedic on subjects from Shamattawa morbidity to treatment of tuberculosis, she read voraciously and was always on the lookout for the next good read. Scissors in hand she read The Globe, NYT, WFP and numerous magazines. Articles, clippings and photos would appear in your mailbox courtesy of Joann. She was a rare combination of curiosity, self confidence, sociability and energy. Jo’s many endeavours included head usher at MTC and Warehouse, host of annual Good Neighbour Group #3 Christmas party at Garden Manor (a home for disadvantaged persons) and tea parties for Breast Cancer at her Grand Beach cottage. Cheeky yet compassionate, Joann was beloved by customers and volunteers at Just Like New To You Thrift Shop. Jo was always there when you needed her and we will miss her guidance and gusto...”Let’s go kids!” With much affection, admiration and gratitude, Jane - Posted by: Jane Bridle (Friend) on: May 09, 2021

  • We had many enjoyable meals at Joann’s cottage and always found her family, career, and travel stories highly entertaining. Her dedication in hosting the Breast Cancer Teas was admirable. She was a great friend to my Uncle Jack and my mother. We will miss her red lipstick. - Posted by: Beverlee Ritchie (Grand Beach friend) on: May 02, 2021

  • My Linda met Joann Lee at the MTC. She was the best volunteer at Friday. To run the as the hostess her Job right to the top. Then I met my Linda, a volunteer at MTC, but Of course I had to volunteer to MTC but to meet Joann Lee. She loved her hostess job and keeping on track of me and to make sure what I did was right. I enjoyed meeting her every nite, 8 nites a year. We loved Joanne - Posted by: Sid linda robbins (Friends) on: May 02, 2021

  • My deepest condolences, met Joann over 60 years ago at Grand Beach, been great friends ever since. Will miss our conversation and tea at her cottage, knock a valley. Joann will be missed there for all she has done around there. R I P my dear friend - Posted by: Harry Salamacha (Friend ) on: May 02, 2021

  • As a Student of the BN program @ U of M, Joanne was very helpful in advising me, during the challenges I faced as a student. After I graduated, & worked in P H, she was an invaluable resource at the Respiratory Center in Winnipeg. She was an awesome person, always encouraging me to believe in myself. My condolences to her family and friends. She was a truly great person and Nurse. Lil Griffith (former colleague and friend) - Posted by: Lil Griffith (Nursing Student- U of M) on: May 02, 2021

  • I used to speed skate with Joann in the late 1990s. She had so much energy and was always fun. Condolences to her family. - Posted by: Colleen nee Brown (Friend) on: May 01, 2021

  • Joann was one of a kind and will be truly missed, my condolences to her family and friends. - Posted by: Mary Lessing-Turner (Co worker) on: May 01, 2021

  • Family gatherings were not complete without Joann in attendance. Her sharp wit and dry sense of humour were trademarks. We will toast her at the next gathering and Joann stories will live on. - Posted by: Doreen Draffin (Family friend) on: May 01, 2021

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