Flags at Burlington City Hall were flown at Half-Mast in honour of the passing of J Louise Hebb.
Burlington is saddened by the loss of a great citizen.
From her Obituary: Louise was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia. After graduating from Windsor Academy, she taught grades 1-7 in a one-room school in South Uniacke, NS, earned her RN at the Victoria General (VG) Hospital, Halifax, worked as a staff nurse in the ER, and then as a nurse in psychiatry at L.A. County General Hospital. In 1959 she graduated from Dalhousie University in Teaching and Supervision in Schools of Nursing, worked as a nursing supervisor and clinical instructor at VG Hospital, and set up a new ward at Riverdale Hospital, Toronto.
Louise, Alan, and family moved to Burlington in 1966 and then while raising three young children, she pursued a career in journalism after graduating from Sheridan College, Oakville, Honours in Community Journalism. Louise enjoyed her work as a journalist for the Burlington Gazette and as a broadcaster on CING-FM Radio, Burlington. Louise was an owner and manager of a professional office building in Burlington. She also worked as a member of the Ontario Parole Board and as a member of the Nursing Home Compliance Plan Review Board of the Ontario Ministry of Health.
In the community, Louise enjoyed being a member and later Chair of Save the Lakeshore Association. As a founding director and Chair of Halton Region Conservation Foundation, she spearheaded the fundraising for the development of the Iroquoian village and Interpretive Centre at Crawford Lake. She was also a founding member of Halton Women’s Place, and helped to establish its first shelter, located in Milton. Louise’s other community activities included President, Federal PC riding association of Burlington; volunteer, Burlington Heart Fund; Chair, Halton Housing Authority; and Sunday school teacher, Port Nelson United Church, Burlington.
In 1984 she completed the National Coaching Certification Program, and then became a licensed commissaire for the Ontario Cycling Association. She was also an Official Doping Control Officer with Canada Centre for Drug-Free Sport.
Her community involvement was recognized by the award of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal (1977), Burlington Citizen of the Year (1979), and Conservation Halton Award of Excellence (2003).
View her full Obituary here.