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In Memoriam: Dr.Tanis Doe

Editor's Note: *Image: Photo of Dr. Tanis Doe in front of a fountain.

On August 4, 2004, Tanis Doe passed away at her home in Victoria, British Columbia, from a pulmonary embolism. She was 37 years old, and is survived by her daughter, Ann Marie, and a loving community of friends and colleagues. I am greatly saddened by her loss, as I knew her during her student days and have followed the development of her impressive career in both the academic world and the disability rights movement.

As a Metis (Ojibwa/French Canadian) Deaf woman with other disabilities who was active in disability, queer and feminist movements throughout Canada and internationally, she was widely respected as a disability rights advocate and as an educator. Doe began her teaching career in Jamaica while in her late teens. It was at that time she adopted her daughter, Ann Marie.

Doe was a professor of social work and disability studies at the University of Victoria, and in recent years also taught at Royal Roads College, Ryerson University and the University of Washington. In 2003, she was a Fullbright Scholar in Bioethics at the University of Washington. In addition to her teaching accomplishments, she has been the principal researcher in many projects.

As a researcher, she believed firmly in the principles of participatory action research (PAR), which recognizes that those who are affected by research must be involved in every step of the research process.

Tanis was known for her wry sense of humour and although only 37, she has made a lasting contribution to the disability rights movement in Canada and around the world. She will definitely be missed!

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