Makhan Dubé practiced family medicine in Nanaimo for over three decades. For many years he was the President of the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society. He is Founding President of Global Village (Nanaimo). Makhan is in his early nineties now and maintains his strong interests in local and global affairs, with a particular focus on social justice and environmental sustainability issues. With the recent loss of his wife of 63 years, Makhan finds solace in the memories of great lives lived, good books, and special times with friends and family.
Vilma Dubé passed away at the age of 87 years in April 2018. She lived a great life and touched the lives of many others. She had a Master’s Degree in Education from Western Washington State University. Her graduate studies followed logically from earlier work she undertook that earned her a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Child Study. She believed in the power of education as a vehicle for social change and individual development. She loved being a teacher and taught for many years at Princess Royal Elementary School in Nanaimo, B.C. She believed in social justice and the power of individuals to effect community change. Vilma served for a time on the Board of Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University). As a cancer survivor, Vilma worked as a volunteer to support breast cancer survivors, long before such formal support organizations existed. She enjoyed quiet thoughtful times as well as a good debate. She was strong-willed and determined to protect and project her closely held values and beliefs. Vilma believed in the power of positive thinking and always seemed to find a positive side to any issue. She forged deep connections with the people in her life. In addition to her long list of accomplishments, Vilma is remembered by all who knew her as a kind and loving person; a deeply spiritual and compassionate woman; someone who could always find good in people; a highly creative, artistic, and passionate person.