Nadia Rose Greschuk peacefully passed away on September 20, 2023, at the age of 78. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Campbell Reid, as well as her beloved parents, Katherine (Kuszpit) Greschuk and Wasyl Greschuk. Nadia will always be remembered by her chosen family, consisting of numerous close friends, for her wise counsel, unwavering loyalty, and infectious laughter.
Born on July 13, 1945, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Nadia spent her formative years in North Park and attended Princess Alexandra and North Park public schools, later enrolling at City Park Collegiate. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Throughout her career, Nadia made significant contributions to the fields of teaching, administration, and civil service, all while remaining committed to advocating for social change, women’s rights, and worker’s rights. Active in organizations such as the New Democratic Party, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, Saskatchewan Labour Force Development Board, and the City of Saskatoon International Women’s Day Committee, Nadia played a pivotal role in the influential Pay Equity study through her work with PSAC. It was during this time that she met and married Ernest in 1989, residing in Saskatoon and later in Ottawa.
After retiring in 2005, Nadia and Ernest settled in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, eventually moving to Sidney. Nadia found immense joy in gardening and exploring the beauty of the island alongside Ernest. With a deep love for animals, she consistently welcomed cats and dogs into their home. In her retirement years, Nadia continued to actively engage in political endeavors and community initiatives through her involvement with the Peninsula Garden Club, Central Saanich Seniors Centre, and the Saanich Peninsula Stroke Recovery Association.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Nadia’s dear friend, Lynne Marotto, as well as the staff and friends at Norgarden, where she spent her final retirement years with Ernest. They also extend appreciation to the compassionate staff at Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Victoria General Hospital for their dedicated care.
In accordance with Nadia’s wishes, a formal funeral will not be held. Instead, private memorial events will be organized by Nadia’s friends throughout the country. For those who desire, donations can be made in Nadia’s memory to the BC SPCA or a charity of their choice.