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Myrna Gopaulsingh

December 18, 1941

July 28, 2023

Myrna Gopaulsingh was born in Charlottetown, PEI in 1941. She was the eldest child of John and Ina Caswell and was later joined by sisters Fredda and Julie, followed by brother John. Pursuing her education, Myrna left the Island and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Dalhousie University. She then went on to earn both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Toronto.

After completing her studies, Myrna moved to Vancouver where she met and married the love of her life, Karam, in 1966. They were blessed with two children. Myrna began her social work career with Family Services Vancouver and later became the Director of the Employee Assistance Program for the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. Her dedication to her clients was evident as she even extended invitations to some of them to join her family for Christmas.

Despite facing numerous health challenges, Myrna faced them with grace and dignity. Although she was small in stature, her spirit was immense, evidenced by her triumph over cancer multiple times. Over the past 25 years, her weekly routine included grueling kidney dialysis sessions three times per week. Even on her most difficult days, she directed her focus towards her family rather than herself.

In the unfortunate event of her passing, it brings some solace knowing that Myrna is now reunited with her beloved soulmate, Karam, whom she dearly missed for the past 11 months. She will be deeply mourned by her daughter Catherine (Scott), son Jamie (Melissa), and her cherished grandsons Caswell and Jaxx Friedman. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the doctors and staff at the Community Dialysis Clinic, Dr. Laurie Bootsman, Dr. Weija Tan (TCM), and Karin Elbel, as well as the countless friends and neighbors who provided support throughout the years. A Celebration of Life will be held at UBC’s Cecil Green House on Wednesday, August 30th, from 3pm to 7pm. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a donation to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

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