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.
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.