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Nicole Racette

Messages of Remembrance

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Enjoying the foothills in Emilia Romagna in happier times

Franco , Husband
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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
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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
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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
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Forever Smiling

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Nicole enjoying a day at Chamonix

Franco, Hubby
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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

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