Mahinder Doman Obituary (May 29, 1940 – February 24, 2022) – Victoria, BC

Born May 29, 1940. Fondly known as Minder to her family, and Pat to her friends, she passed away peacefully on February 24, 2022. Predeceased by her father Doman Singh, her mother Purab Kaur, her sister Herbans Kaur (Bonso), her brothers Harbance (Herb), Gurdial (Gordy) and Didar (Ted). Minder is survived by her numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, great-grandniece and many cousins.

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Minder’s formal education took place in Canada and the USA and included nursing, geography/ psychology, management, computer programming and business analysis. The youngest of five siblings, including three incredibly driven brothers, Minder had a gregarious personality and insatiable appetite for knowledge. Determined to chart her own path, she could hold her own when speaking to any of her diverse group of friends, including Canada’s first female PM, the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell. Her work took her many places in Canada, and she always spoke of the transformational five years that she lived and worked on three First Nation reserves in BC and the Yukon Territory, and how it enriched her life.

Minder was a pioneer in advocacy for Women and Indigenous Rights, long before these were mainstream concepts. She collected, wrote and spoke about, the history of Indian Women 1900-1935 in Canada, and was a published author. Her career also included consultancies to Federal and Provincial governments on the status of immigrant/ non-immigrant women, and employment equity, and she was well ahead of her time in these endeavors. Minder also participated at international forums for business development by women of Third World countries. An earlier career at Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University) included the development of basic education skills for adults without grade 12. Other career forays included public affairs programming on radio and reporting from the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings in Vancouver, BC in the 1980s .

Minder was a huge believer in the family, and ensured she had time for all of her beloved nieces, grandnieces, great-grand niece, nephews and grandnephews and cousins, and all her many friends, from all walks of life. She had a laugh and grin that enveloped you and always made you feel special. Minder was also devoted to her community, and could often be found at the local Temple, and she will be missed by all.

The family would like to express a special thank-you to all the professionals, including recently at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, who had given special care and support to Minder.

There will be a closed private funeral and cremation, followed by a public service at the Sikh Temple at 1210 Topaz Ave, Victoria, BC on Tuesday March 8th, 2022 at 1:00 pm

In lieu of flowers, we would respectfully encourage a donation to the Royal Jubilee Hospital – Cardiac Ward

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Published by The Times Colonist from Mar. 3 to Mar. 5, 2022.

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