Kuzmickas, Nijole NIJOLE KUZMICKAS It is with the deepest sorrow that her family and friends announce the loss of our dear Nijole, on March 15, 2017 in Vancouver, to a cancer that took her far too soon. Nijole is survived by her partner, Robin Preston, her beloved god-son Oliver Charbonneau of London, brother Al Kuzmickas (Joan) of Caledonia and several uncles, aunts and cousins in Ontario, Connecticut and Lithuania. She is also deeply mourned by the closest of lifelong friends, Therese Charbonneau of Brantford and David Powell of Toronto. Nijole is pre-deceased by her parents Alfonsas and Linda Kuzmickas of Paris. Nijole was born in Paris, Ontario May 30, 1951, the child of refugees from war-torn Lithuania. After attending Sacred Heart School in Paris and graduating from Providence College in Brantford, Nijole studied film at the University of Toronto and York University. She went on to have an extraordinary career in television and documentary film. In 1982, she won an ACTRA award for her breakthrough live CBC Sunday morning children's show, "Switchback". As an independent producer, she developed and launched such innovative series as "Doctor, Doctor", "Legalwise" and the still unique "The Men's Show". Nijole's volunteer work with Big Sisters led her to document social justice issues with films like her award-winning "From Grief to Action". "The Devil Plays Hardball" attempted to address the problem of homelessness on Vancouver's Downtown East Side. Nijole was the most avid of travellers, from her first $5 A Day summer in Europe with Therese, right up to her insistence on touring India last year, even while facing surgery on her return. With the new millennium, Nijole's life was transformed when she met her perfect travel and life partner, Robin Preston. His vitality, generosity and adventurous spirit took them adventuring around the world from New Zealand to Newfoundland. Nijole wanted special thanks to go to oncologist Sophie Sun and GP Mary Weckworth, doctors who became counsellors and friends. Thanks also to St. John Hospice in Vancouver, where Nijole had been a volunteer, and now has spent her last days. A memorial service for Nijole will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, April 19th at St. John's Shaughnessy Anglican Church, 1490 Nanton Ave, Vancouver, B.C.. In lieu of flowers, donations to the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) are welcome. ( )
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Gail & Gord
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
What a unique and fruitful life. Our condolances to family and friends.
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Deepest Condolences
Posted by Linda Jordan (None) On Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Nijole, you were a light in a dark tunnel filled mostly with despair. Your work brought meaning, understanding, and education to some very dark issues to thousands of people. You will be sadly missed, but forever remembered. Linda, Kipp and Brandon Jordan (From Grief To Action documentary).
Best Baby Sitter!
Posted by Gail Malcolm (Friend (many years ago)) On Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Nijole (Valerie as we knew her in the '60's)was a delightful person & wonderful baby sitter for my 4 lively children. David Powell has kept me informed of Valerie's life in Vancouver. She has been an exceptional & talented woman who will be very much missed.Condolences to her Family from the Malcolm Family.
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