Janice Mae Foster (Knox) beloved friend, colleague, mother and grandmother, passed away in her home in Lethbridge on Tuesday April the 19th at the age of 81 years old.
She had just retired from a long career as an elected member of the Lethbridge School District #51 Board of Trustees. Throughout her life she had been an advocate for children with special needs and underprivileged and at-risk children, beginning with her Fostering 60 children in her home over a period of almost 15 years.
She sat on the boards of many governmental and non-governmental organizations over her lifetime and always had the respect of her colleagues for her fierce advocacy of children in her community. She was a founding member of Lethbridge Family Centre and Lethbridge Association for Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities. She was elected to one term on Lethbridge City Council and always remained politically active, serving as Lethbridge School District Trustee for 23 years, believing that small acts of love and kindness can change the world. She was presented with many awards and accolades including the Woman of Distinction award, an RCMP Service award and awards from the LSD#51 and the City of Lethbridge for her tireless devotion to her community. Professionally, she worked as a civilian administrative assistant in the RCMP for 10 years, she sold real estate and served on the Lethbridge Real Estate Board as Chairman. In her later years she worked for St. Michael's Health Center and ran the Charitable Foundation for almost 10 years and raised millions of dollars for palliative care.
She is survived by her son Greg and his wife Stephanie and her beloved grandchildren Aiden and Jordan as well as her sister-in-law Rhonda Ander, her niece Gill Hirch (Mark) and her nephew Chad Knox. Jan will be deeply missed by her family, colleagues and friends and all feel diminished by her absence. 'Some see things as they are and say why, I dream things that never were and say, why not' - George Bernard Shaw
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.