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In memoriam – Joan Teghtmeyer

Joan Teghtmeyer (left) and Mel Teghtmeyer (far right) accept the Ken Wardroper’s Founders Award from Gordon Laxer (centre) for their committment to social justice and grassroots activism at the Council of Canadians’ Annual General Meeting in 2008.

The Council of Canadians is saddened to learn of the passing of Joan Teghtmeyer.

Joan, along with her husband, Mel, was deeply committed improving her community and the world around her.

Maude Barlow, Honorary Chair of the Council of Canadians, said together, the Teghtmeyers made a formidable team. “It is with great sadness that we learned of the March 14 passing of Joan Teghtmeyer. Joan and her husband Mel ran the Council’s Calgary chapter for many years and were devoted and beloved Council activists,” she said.  “They were also deeply involved in the fights for public health care and public education and passionate about the plight of Alberta’s water. Both loved the outdoors and fought for strong environmental safeguards.”

She said the Teghtmeyers could always be counted on whenever help was needed. “Mel and Joan were always so kind, so generous with their time and support, so upbeat and enthusiastic in their lives and work. I loved working with them,” said Maude. “Mel will carry on their work and legacy and we will carry on our work in Joan’s memory. She was one of a kind.”

In 2008 at our AGM in Edmonton, the Council of Canadians proudly presented Joan and Mel with the Ken Wardroper Founder’s award for their work with this organization and their ongoing commitment to grassroots activism.

We offer our sincere condolences to Joan’s family and friends.