Vancouver Sun: Longtime B.C. environmental activist Gwen Barlee dies of cancer

[CanLyme Note: Gwen contracted Lyme disease many years ago and was a well spoken activist who despised the double-talk and arrogance of the bureaucrats who have misled Canadians for years on Lyme disease. She was a great friend and ally of the Lyme community and will be deeply missed.]

Vancouver Sun by Stephanie Ip Published on: June 23, 2017

Gwen Barlee, a longtime environmental activist with one of B.C.’s leading wilderness preservation groups, died Thursday.

Barlee had been battling cancer for about a year, according to Ecojustice executive director Devon Page. She had recently been on leave from her post as national policy director with the Wilderness Committee, the largest membership-based wilderness preservation group in the country.

“Gwen was a good friend. She started at the Wilderness Committee at the same time I started at Ecojustice and was my client for nine years. But, I know she worked with so many people.” said Page in an email shared with Postmedia News.

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  • Sue McDougall says:

    Gwen’s passing is the loss of “great hero” in The Lyme Community for the tremendous effort and achievements she accomplished.
    She will be deeply missed.

  • Muhammad Morshed says:

    I am extremely sorry to hear this sad news. I had opportunity to communicate with her via email for many years and also had opportunity to meet her couple of times in person. She was a very caring and nice individual. She was very curious and always eager to find the truth and have had great faith in science in which we had a common tie. Her untimely departure suddenly a great loos for our society, I would say for Canada and BC particularly. I would appreciate if you convey my message to her family.
    With heartfelt condolences
    M Morshed, BCCDC