September 21, 2017 QUEEN’S PARK – In his member’s statement today in the Ontario legislature, Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield honoured a respected local community member who died recently from the West Nile virus.
The full statement appears below:
“We in the Windsor area have lost a champion from our local arts cultural and academic community. Lois Smedick was an amazing woman who came to the University of Windsor in the 60s to teach English. She was well known and highly regarded for her passion and commitment to the arts.”
“She was the first female Dean at the University of Windsor…and a founding member of the Friends of Women’s Studies. Lois chaired the board at Assumption University, and was President of the Art Gallery of Windsor for many years. She was a scholar, a volunteer, a donor, a benefactor, a friend and a feminist.”
“When nurse, Lori Dupont, was murdered at one of our hospitals – Lois Smedick was part of a group of women who fought to change workplace protection laws in Ontario.”
“I last spoke to Lois a few months ago – at a concert at Assumption Hall when my first legislative page Evan Tanovich was conducting a choir and orchestral piece he wrote entitled the Assumption Mass. Lois was part of the program and was so very impressive that evening.”
“Lois loved to garden – she was bitten last month by a mosquito – and became the third person from the Windsor area to die from the West Nile Virus this year. It’s a sad and tragic ending to a talented individual who gave so much of herself to better our community in so many ways.”
“Rest in peace Lois and thank you for everything you’ve done for the Windsor area.”