Remembering Diana Belhouse

Diana Belhouse
Diana Belhouse of North Vancouver was one of the longest, mightiest supporters of The Fur-Bearers.
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Diana Belhouse, a trailblazer and tireless advocate, has died at the age of 97. One of our longest, mightiest supporters, Diana first met The Fur-Bearers via George and Bunty Clements at an information booth.

Diana, a longtime North Vancouver resident, was passionate about women’s issues and a trailblazer in her generation. She obtained a law degree, being one of a handful of women in the University of British Columbia program at the time; recently, she was made an honourary lifetime member for her support as a founding and active member of the University Women’s Club of Vancouver and her work with Hycroft manor.

Philanthropy was a priority in Diana’s life: she was proud of her support for 52 charities (other than The Fur-Bearers), which ranged from women’s issues to environment, health, and animals. Her support for these charities went beyond donating – she served on several boards of directors, helped organize events, and participated in various educational initiatives, workshops, meetings, and fundraising events.

Lesley Fox and Diana Belhouse
Diana Belhouse (right) with The Fur-Bearers Executive Director Lesley Fox, circa 2012.

Every year at Christmas, Diana would send a beautiful, handwritten card to The Fur-Bearers, and make a generous donation to light a light on our Christmas Tree for the Animals – a tradition for her.

Diana loved nature, animals, and her garden. She frequently spoke of her garden, and had a special affinity for rhododendrons. These words cannot encapsulate the brightness, hope, and strength that Diana exuded; it is a reminder of how she lived – and what we can all strive to emulate. Diana will be deeply missed by her family at The Fur-Bearers, and the greater community that is better today for her passion and presence.

The Fur-Bearers will be creating a fund or special project to honour Diana for generations to come. Donations made in memory of Diana to The Fur-Bearers can be made by clicking here.

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