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Nicole Racette

$13,390.00 (raised so far)

About Nicole Racette

Dr. Nicole Racette graduated from Laval in 1987 and spent the early part of her career practicing obstetrics and gynaecology as a locum at St Paul’s Hospital, moving in 1990 to Royal Columbian/Eagle Ridge Hospitals with her office in New Westminster.

Nicole entered the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s fellowship program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) and was subsequently recruited to the department, as an instructor in the Division of REI in 1995. She then joined Genesis Fertility Centre, where she practiced until 2008, when she took on the role of division head for the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynaecology. During the next ten years she redefined the largest division in the department, embracing a provincial perspective and creating programs to support faculty development and excellence in education. While her office was based at DHCC at Vancouver General Hospital, she provided mentorship to many members of our department across BC, helping them to grow into leadership positions.

Dr. Racette was always a passionate advocate for quality assurance and patient safety, and embraced these interests in 2009 as a member of the Gynaecology Quality Assurance Committee. In 2012 she also joined the Patient Safety Committee at BC Women’s Hospital. She received her Canadian Physician Executive Certificate from the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Physician Executive Association in May 2013, preparing for additional operational roles at BCWH. She was also promoted to Clinical Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine.

As she became an indispensable member of the administrative team at BC Women’s Hospital, she stepped down as the division head. It was hard to lose her in this role, as she was the architect of today’s vibrant province-wide Division of General Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She also had a large impact on our department through her work at BCWH. Our department is better for her many contributions, and she will be deeply missed.

At home she enjoyed cooking, especially for the large crowd that would attend her Christmas parties. Even more so, at the vineyard she liked to entertain, create itineraries, arrange wine tastings or just show off the view. She loved wine and had an encyclopedic knowledge of the wines of the world.

An ardent traveller, she was just as happy in Times Square or above the Arctic Circle. Comfortable in high heels or hiking boots as long as everything matched. She loved the mountains, camping and hiking and would not object to a week at the beach. More recently, cycling became her passion and she was particularly proud to have completed the Whistler Gran Fondo, twice.

A loving mother, she attended every school and sporting event with enthusiasm, cheering on the sidelines, making smoothies and even learning to keep score in volleyball. Their trip to Australia together will remain a lasting memory for her daughter.

As life partner to her husband Franco, Nicole was a perfect match.

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The impact of your support

In Nicole’s memory, her family have created the Nicole Racette Memorial Fund at the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Your donation will pay tribute to Nicole’s wonderful life and career, by supporting students who are following in her footsteps.

Messages of Remembrance

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  • Enjoying the foothills in Emilia Romagna in happier times

    Franco , Husband
  • I have known Nicole for almost 45 years. My first souvenir of her date back from 1973 or 1974, she was around 16 years old, I was in college. She and I met in the basement of a common friend for an improvised hockey party with parents, our college director and other students. I still remember this young woman, very social and so easy to talk. Several years later Sylvie and I got married. As she was terminating her studies in medicine at Laval University, Nicole was staying a few blocks from us, we became much close of her. She was a real model for us; having successfully managed with both life issues and challenging medical studies; this was Nicole an incredible capacity of resilience to find the equilibrium and a solution. We saw her successfully terminating her medical studies and completing a specialty in gynecology. In the middle 80’s Sylvie and I moved to Montreal looking for a new professional opportunities. We received a letter from Nicole saying she had been accepted for a post-graduate fellowship in Vancouver and then announce she was moving west. She put ‘’Neptune’’ (the cat) on an Air Canada Cargo and drive-up to Vancouver during almost 5 days I guessed. From this day, she was putting the foundation of an extraordinary family life in Western Canada. Nicole was not only a Doctor and a Scientist, she was also a sort of entrepreneur who like to challenge the life. Of course, she always wanted to analyze from several angles before taking a decision, but she was always on a ‘’ go and get it’’ not hesitating to take a risk. Nicole was an exceptional person for me and for Sylvie having successfully realized a wonderful family with Franco and Julia, a passionate life and a brilliant career. Nicole will be always in our mind. Love to you all. Pierre Walsh LeBel & Sylvie Pageau Marilie Pageau LeBel, Sarah Pageau LeBel

    Pierre and Sylvie, Friends for 40 years
  • I worked with Nicole for many years in the obstetrical unit, as a GP doing a lot of maternity, and I knew her husband from university. A lovely soul and great doctor lost too soon

    Teresa Cordoni, Colleague
  • For all the good times we had together since our first year in medecine at Laval University...we will miss you Nicole! Franco had the good idea to get us together at your beautiful vineyard in Oliver a year ago,we still have wonderfull memories...Thanks to Franco...

    Danielle Lafontaine et Richard Ratte, Friends for 40 years
  • Forever Smiling

  • Nicole enjoying a day at Chamonix

    Franco, Hubby
  • While Nicole was Head of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UBC, I worked with her to realize her dream to create a preceptor program to help division members expand their surgical repertoire. It was and remains an incredibly unique and successful program. It also serves as a tangible example of her dedication to her colleagues and their education. We will miss Nicole, Geoff

    Geoff Cundiff, Colleague
List of Donors
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  • Laurie and Peter

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  • Geoff Cundiff

  • Amanda Skoll and Gerald Marquette

  • Fam. De Pieri, Arrigoni, Zara

  • Eric, Denise and Warren Pugash

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  • Catherine Allaire

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