KATHERINE ELIZABETH (LIZ) NUTTER HOFFMAN

Liz passed away peacefully at her home with great courage and dignity from malignant melanoma on January 27, 2006. To deeply mourn her passing, so thankful for her life, are her loving family, her beloved daughter Andrea Hoffman (Matt Tormey), her mother Audrey Nutter, brother John Nutter, sister Patricia (Bob) Jamieson, Auntie Bobbie and Uncle Dave Grant and family, Barry Hoffman and the Hoffman and Potter families. She was predeceased by her father Philip Nutter. To all of Liz's friends who loved her, you are her family as well and we know that you will miss her as deeply. Liz achieved a tremendous amount during her life. She is remembered for her determination to stand up for the rights of those without a voice, for her passion for books and making them accessible to everyone, for the pleasure she took in travel and her admiration of different cultures and most fondly for her deep love and appreciation of family and friends. Liz gave of herself wholeheartedly to her friends and always held them dear. She was so grateful for all of the love and support that she received over the past months - every call, every card, every flower and every prayer was deeply cherished and gave her added strength.

Liz was born in Winnipeg in 1951, later moving to the Ottawa area with her family. She graduated with an Honours Degree in Public Administration from Carleton University in Ottawa and pursued further study on scholarship at the Syracuse University School of Public Administration, N.Y. Liz raised her family and spent most of her career life in Toronto. She returned to live in Winnipeg in 2000. Liz's deeply rooted sense of fairness and social justice led to a career as ombudsperson with distinguished service at Carleton University, the University of Toronto, Ryerson Polytechnic University and the Ontario College of Art and Design. For the past five years she worked in Winnipeg as a Senior Investigator with the Office of the National Defence and Canadian Forces Ombudsman. She was a founding member and a past president of the Association of Canadian College and University Ombudspersons. She was also a founding member of The Forum of Canadian Ombudsman and remained actively involved as a member of the Board. The opportunity to volunteer with diverse groups and individuals in the community gave her great pleasure. For over 20 years Liz was committed to keeping the public library systems strong and maintaining public access to information while preserving individual privacy. She was past president of the Ontario Public Library Association and on behalf of this Association and the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications chaired the development of the Ontario Public Library Strategic Plan. She contributed as a committee chair to the development of Winnipeg's Millennium Library. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO; a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Network for the Advancement of Research, Industry and Education (CANARIE); a member of the Federal Government's National Community Access Programme Advisory Board; a member of the Federal Government's Information Highway Advisory Council; and founding chair of Canada's Coalition for Public Information. A special joy was in representing Canada as keynote speaker ('National Information Policies: Canadian Approach') at the 49th International Federation for Information and Documentation Conference and Congress held in Jaipur and New Delhi, India. Liz's leadership, service and commitment toward the betterment of her local, provincial, national and global communities have been highly recognized. She was honoured with many awards from the organizations with which she worked. Commendations were received from both the Prime Minister and the Governor General of Canada. Liz believed in living each day to the fullest. She travelled extensively with her family throughout North and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.

OLA's Africa Project - The Elizabeth Hoffman Community Centre in Kenya

 

 

Liz enjoyed diverse activities including book clubs, cultural festivals, cinema, theatre, live music and billiards. Most recently Liz's quiet time was spent at her dream retreat 'Skye Cottage', Victoria Beach. Our lives are richer for having known Liz. She touched and contributed to the lives of many. The family invites friends to share in a remembrance and celebration of Liz's life at the Inn at the Forks (the Sunroom), 75 Forks Market Rd., Winnipeg on Saturday, February 4 at 1:30 p.m. A similar gathering will be held in Toronto at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined.