Dr. Helene Van Doninck
In Memory of
Dr. Helene Marie
Van Doninck
1966 - 2018
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Fan of Birds
"Dr. Helene was an inspiration and my heart goes out to her husband and family. "
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Darlene (Campbell) Scott
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Jane Threlfall and family
"Never forgotten. Her legacy and kindness will live on in the souls of the people"
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Roger Percy
"I had the opportunity and pleasure to work alongside Helene on the Clean Seas vo"
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Karl Renier
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Greg Watson
"This is a great loss for the wildlife and people of Nova Scotia. Among others H"
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Evie Clark
"We never met in person, but I wish we had. I shared your love of birds, Blue Ro"
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Daton Pearl
"I am very proud to have known you Helene."
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Jacqueline Schwartz
"You will be missed by many for a multitude of reasons! My condolences to the fa"
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Blake Acton
"Helene was a kind, wonderful, and extremely intelligent cousin, she had a heart "
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Jane Charbonneau, DVM
"So very sad to learn that Helene is gone. My sincere condolences to family and "
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ANNETTE VACON
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Andrew and Gwyneth (Hebda/Jones)
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Obituary for Dr. Helene Van Doninck

Dr. Helene  Van Doninck
It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of Helene Marie Van Doninck, DVM, at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre after a struggle with ovarian cancer, which proved to defy any treatment or strength of will. Helene dedicated her life to the treatment of wildlife and, with her husband, established the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in 2001.

Helene was a recognized international expert on the treatment of oiled birds. She single-handedly was succeeding in eliminating the use of lead in hunting and fishing because of its impact on wildlife, especially eagles.

Last month, she was the recipient of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Humane Award “for her dedication to caring for injured wildlife.” However, due to her illness, she was unable to attend the national convention in Vancouver to receive the recognition of her peers in person.

She served as a mentor and leader to hundreds of wildlife lovers. Helene loved life and lived it to the fullest. She loved to laugh. She was protective of her friends and supported all around her.

She is survived by her husband, Murdo Messer, Hilden; Donna Van Doninck, New Waterford; brother Bernie (Mylene Desjardins) and beloved nephews Cooper and Harrison, (Tantallon); Kate Messer, Fiona Messer and Ruth Messer.

She is also survived by a community of wildlife lovers and countless animals and birds to which she gave a future.

To honour Helene's passion and legacy, donations in her memory may be made to the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (www.cwrc.net). Arrangements entrusted to the care of Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Online condolences may be sent by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

By request, there will be no visitation or funeral service.

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