Lois Fenna

Lois Fenna, nee Whyatt, died on October 22, 2015. She was born at Hull, UK in 1931, graduated in Medicine at Manchester in 1955, and married Donald Fenna that year. They immediately moved to Australia. There, Lois worked as a family physician and had three sons. When the eldest was 12, the family moved to Canada when her husband accepted a position in Edmonton with the University of Alberta. There she completed a M.Sc. in Ecology and Natural History, also teaching physiology and anatomy at a local college. Subsequently she established a Nature Centre where groups of school children learned about ecology and natural habitats. In 1990, Lois moved to the Cowichan Valley, where she lived until her death. During the 1990s she traveled three times to Kenya for extended periods, where she worked with the African Canadian Continuing Education Society (ACCES), an organization that supports Kenyan children and young people to obtain an education. She was a very active member of and volunteer with many Cowichan Valley community organizations, including the Naturalists’ Society, various programs at Providence Farm, and a term as President of the Historical Society. Lois was a dedicated environmentalist; an avid hiker, cyclist, and outdoors person; and an enthusiastic gardener. She is survived by three sons, Alan, Erik and Neil and 6 grandchildren. Donations in her name gratefully accepted by the Cowichan Valley Hospice Society.

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