OBITUARY

Sandra Ann Madray

July 27, 1950August 17, 2018

Peacefully at her residence with family at her side, Sandra passed away on Friday 17 August, 2018 at age of 68 years.

Left to mourn, are her husband Winston; niece Sandra J; great-nephew Andrew; siblings Lennox (Trinidad), Leslie, Joan ( Reg ) Honer, Rigel (Paul) John (UK), Steve (Cecile) Khan, Frances Khan (Toronto) and Anthony Khan (Calgary); nephews Richard, Garth (Trinidad) and Jason; nieces Ayesha, Tonya, Leila, Sandra and Cecile; great-nieces Amara (Trinidad), Deidre, Olivia and Emily; great-nephews Gabriel (Trinidad), Michael and Ben; and the Madray family and numerous relatives of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Her friend and confidante Evelyn Sawatzy of Quadra, B.C. will grieve for her.

Special friends Rosemary Gjerek, Barbara Hodge and Cathy Hellsten in Winnipeg, Kristine Koster (Vancouver), Joan Gower (Trinidad), and Fe de Leon (Toronto) will miss her dearly.

Sandra was born in Trinidad-Tobago and migrated to Canada in 1973 in order to further her education. She attended Red River Community College and the University of Manitoba, graduating with a Diploma in Chemical Technology and a B.Sc (Chemistry) respectively.

After surviving a workplace-related illness and subsequent immune system compromise in the mid-1990s, Sandra became heavily involved in and committed herself to environmental issues. Together with her friend Marg Friesen she founded Chemical Sensitivities Manitoba (CSM) to help fellow sufferers and to lobby Government. In Manitoba, for example, as a member of CHEP (Children’s Health and Environmental Partnership) she participated in the drive to eliminate the use of cosmetic lawn pesticides since she was so concerned about the effects that these products had on us and especially so on children. She also served on the Board of the Manitoba Eco-Network for several years.

At the federal level, she volunteered under the umbrella of CSM (Non-Governmental Organization or NGO). She advocated for progressive chemical regulation, sitting on the national Stakeholder Advisory Council for the Chemicals Management Plan as well as the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council.

In addition, Sandra was a board member of PCN (Prevent Cancer Now). She was convinced that much more should and can be done in regards to cancer prevention since she was also convinced that the arbitrary use of chemical products is a contributing factor.

She was an incredible and avid gardener and almost single-handedly transformed both the front and back of her yard into beautiful oases of flowers and plants that attracted bees, butterflies, humming birds…….and wasps!! Most times she could provide the names of her plants without missing a beat. It will be a task to continue her work.

Sandra loved to travel. In recent years she visited Trinidad, Peru and the Galapagos Islands. But her favourite was the island of Maui.

Sandra will be remembered by all who knew her for her generosity, quick wit, infectious laugh and readiness to help those in need.

Special thanks to her sisters Joan, Rigel and Frances who provided much care and assistance in the past two weeks.

Special thanks also to our Trini friends Joan and Derris for taking care of Sandra in July.

Thanks also to the nursing staff and to Dr. Ogaranko at the Buhler Cancer Centre for their professionalism and kindness during her visits there. You folks are incredible.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to an environmental advocacy organization such as the Manitoba Eco-Network (mbeconetwork.org). The causes for which Sandra worked so passionately and rigorously for need your support.

Services

  • A Private Ceremony will be held.
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Sandra Ann Madray

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Christine Valk

September 11, 2018

So sad to hear of Sandra's passing. I knew Sandra and Winston through a mutual friend, Eric (who has also recently passed). We linked up again a few years ago through some home renovations we were doing and found design ideas and inspiration at their dwelling. Many memorable hours of conversation over wonderful meals took place. I always appreciated Sandra's positive outlook, in the face of any challenge she had be it her activism or other aspects of her life. Her joy, wisdom and kindness will be remembered and missed.
Christine Valk

Emmanuel Moolchan

September 4, 2018

Sandra, myself and six other Trinidadians were granted scholarships to study Meteorology in Barbados. It was Friday 21 November 1969 when I first met Sandra as we boarded an aircraft to go to Barbados. It was the first time most of us were on an aircraft.
It was easy to like and admire Sandra mostly for her wit and knowledge. We spent a few years working together at the Meteorological Office in Piarco, Trinidad. There she met Winston and after both emigrating to Canada they were married there. I met Sandra a couple of times after on her visits to Trinidad and she was always so happy to see me. She always considered me the baby of the group that went to Barbados. I will miss her. To Winston, as the saying of one of the North American Indian tribes, "she is everywhere at once". May your grief be brief and the happy memories of Sandra be lasting.
Emmanuel

Jennifer Ching

September 2, 2018

My friendship with Sandra started some 56 years ago. We attended the same High School and her younger sister Frances and I were in the same class. Our school was newly established and Sandra was one of the first students. Sandra was a model student who was emulated and well respected. She comported herself in a dignified manner, excelling in academics, especially science. Sandra certainly contributed to the high standard of education the school quickly achieved thus making it the school of choice for many families.

Condolences to the family.

/jennifer

Dorothy WIgmore

August 30, 2018

Winston:

Just learned about Sandra's death. So sorry for your troubles.

I knew her from the struggles for occupational and environmental health, especially around chemicals. I depended on her knowledge and experiences, sought her advice, and appreciated her support.

Also remember her coming to a "garden party" at my house a few years ago -- with you and Andrew, I think -- where we talked about gardens amongst other things.

Was looking forward to seeing and working with her again, now that I'm back in Winnipeg. I'll miss that.

Please let me know if I can do anything to help. Meanwhile, be good to yourself.

Liz Smith

August 29, 2018

Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of Sandra. She was such a great example, ally, and a key mentor to me and so many others in the fight to improve environmental health! She was indeed a great blessing and example to all who knew her, as she strove, through hard work and collaboration, with courtesy and dedication to improve how we deal with toxic substances in Canada and beyond.
I so enjoyed her sense of humour as she shared stories of her life experiences!
May you find strength and peace at this sad time.


joan Gower de chabert

August 25, 2018

It is with great sadness that our entire family mourn the passing of our beloved Sandra.
Words cannot describe the pain that we all felt with her passing. All that is left are the cherished memories of the the wonderful times that we spent together with her both at home in Trinidad, Winnipeg and in Peru.
We will remember her love for the theater, classical music and especially all indigenous music.

Lisa, Chris, Nadiya and Winston join me in saying" till we meet again Sandra..stay sweet"

The Gowers of Trinidad and Tobago

James and Carolyn Cross

August 24, 2018

Dear Winston and family.

Carolyn and I just found out about Sandra's passing and we are so dismayed that we missed the service. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of a very special lady.

I remember Sandra's steadfast and heroic efforts in the area of worker's rights in the context of exposure to chemicals.

She was such a sweet, funny lady with an ever-present smile on her face.

Our prayers are with you all.

Warmest regards,

James and Carolyn Cross
Port Credit, Ontario

Don Spady

August 24, 2018

I know Sandra through our common membership on the Chemicals Management Program Advisory Committee and am deeply saddened by this news. I liked Sandra very much and respected her for who she was, for being a persistent advocate for those affected by chemicals, and for her professional attitude towards the issues of CMP and her deep general knowledge of those issues. She will be missed at our meetings.

More to the point, Sandra was such a nice person, a person you are grateful for having known and worked with. She was very proud of her family, especially her nephew Andrew about whom she often talked with pride. May your grief wane quickly and be replaced with many good memories of Sandra.

Ronald, Yvette and Richard Madray

August 23, 2018

We are so sorry at Sandra's passing. Over the many years of her marriage to Winston we welcomed her regular visits to Trinidad from the cold north, especially at Christmas, when she would spend at least part of her time at home with us. We will miss her humor and lively conversations. Despite all that she had faced regarding her earlier illness, this never visibly affected her positive spirit and her desire to make a positive contribution for a better world. She was determined to make the adjustments needed to survive, including the consumption of really odd looking items, with no resemblance whatsoever to ham, turkey or pastelles. During her current illness, she displayed enormous courage during our conversations with her. We wish Winston, her family and loved ones strength during this sad time of loss. We will miss her.

Ravi & Ariana Madray

August 23, 2018

We are saddened by the loss of Aunty Sandra. My earliest memories of her were her being one of the first female chemists I knew and her many organic snacks she would bring on her visits to Trinidad instead of sweets. I didn't quite understand the snacks and her healthy lifestyle until I grew older.
Ariana and I were extremely happy that Aunty Sandra was able to attend our wedding last May, where she looked happy to be in Trinidad with family and friends.
She will be missed and we keep Uncle Winston in our thoughts and prayers.