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Born: Oct 15, 1989

Date of Passing: Jan 09, 2023

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October 15, 1989 - January 9, 2023

Meg was born in Winnipeg and grew up in Fort Garry, where she attended local schools. She excelled in academics and sports. She moved to British Columbia after high school, and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Psychology, and a Master's degree from the University of Victoria, School of Public Health and Social Policy. She was living in Courtney, BC at the time of her death, and working as a Mental Health Counsellor with the Vancouver Island Health Authority.
Meg was a fierce competitor in sports, loved the outdoors, and was a force to be reckoned with in any debate. She spent many happy summers in her younger years at the Hansell family cottage on Granite Lake, Ontario, which she often referred to as her happy place.
Meg faced some challenges with addictions during her lifetime, which she overcame more than 10 years ago. She made many friends during her recovery, and went on to work with people suffering from mental health issues and addictions in her employment with Island Health. She had a significant impact on the lives of her clients and her many friends. In the words of one of her co-workers:
"Meg helped so many people, more people than she probably realized. She supervised my practicum and couldn't have been more helpful and supportive...she went above and beyond to make sure I was successful and advocated for me continually. I'll never forget or take for granted what she did for me. She had a profound effect on so many people she worked with".

Meg's family is grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and support received from so many people whose lives she touched.
Meg was predeceased by her mother Liz Hansell in 2016, her father Bill Gleason in 1992, and her grandparents, Nora and Roger Hansell and Joyce and Joe Gleason. She is survived and lovingly remembered by her aunts, Stef Cupeiro (Paul) and Jane Hansell (Charles Dawes), uncle Thor Hansell (Nada), and her cousins, Tate, Alex and Reed Cupeiro and Jocelyn, Gillian and Thomas Hansell, and last but not least, Theodore, her beloved cat.
A private celebration of Meg's life among immediate family will take place at a later date.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 14, 2023

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • A beautiful soul who accomplished and contributed a great deal with the time she had. My heartfelt condolences to all of her family and friends. - Posted by: Carolyn Lutes (Family friend) on: Jan 19, 2023

  • I will always remember her running and blowing leaves and spinning and touching the tops of trees. So vibrant. She was worth more than a sack of wonders and I hope for her hourly. - Posted by: Steffie Snevins (Bundle) on: Jan 18, 2023

  • So sad! Condolences to all! Peace be with you! - Posted by: Jenny Parkinson (Family aquaintance) on: Jan 16, 2023

  • I was devastated to hear this news and just feel so sad. I knew Meg her entire life. She had a light in her that is so rare and undeniable. Whip smart, sassy, caring, committed. That was Meg. I think back to all the times Meg and I just goofed, dissolving in belly laughs. Late night serious chats, as well. Meg was wise beyond her years, yet never understood her own beauty. She will be missed. My condolences to all her family and friends. - Posted by: Reegan Charad (Family friend ) on: Jan 15, 2023

  • Meg will be truly missed. Although we only knew each other for a short year in Nelson, she was such a kind and beautiful person. My condolences to her family. - Posted by: David Lacho (Friend) on: Jan 14, 2023

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