Photograph of Suzan Labine. Courtesy of the Chronicle Journal.
Submitted by: Marc Mullo
Name: Suzan Labine
Date of birth: ca. 1952
Date of death: December 28, 2010
Major affiliations: Chairperson Lakehead Public School Board; Board of St. Joseph’s Care Group; Chair of the Board of Westminister United Church; Board of Communities Together for Children; Co-ordinator of Leaders of the Way for the United Way. Member of the Organization for Quality Education.
Married to Gil Labine in July 27, 1974. Four Children Stephanie, Kelly, Peter, Jeffrey
Parents: Ruth and Herschell Reilley
Suzan Labine’s family, from left, Jeff Labine, Kelly Labine, Gil Labine, Peter Labine, Stephanie Adams and grandchildren Oscar Adams, Xavier Adams and Grace Adams, participated in Monday’s dedication of the Junot Street park in her memory. (Karen McKinley) Courtesy of the Chronicle Journal
Contributions: In 2013 a neighbourhood playground on Junot Avenue, not far from Suzan’s residence, was renamed by the City of Thunder Bay as a token of appreciation for her many years of service, friendship and impressive professionalism.
Suzan Labine was instrumental in saving the green space next to the playground when council was considering building the new Superior North EMS headquarters there in 2009.
It was noted that “as a result of her work and the work of many others, the park is preserved,” “She was a real contributor to the city of Thunder Bay and especially children. She was a true leader in this community.”
Suzan Labine was chair of the Lakehead Board of Education and a trustee for six years and was involved with many volunteer organizations. As a member of the Organization for Quality Education she first suggested the committee investigate the International Baccalaureate program in Thunder Bay.
The United Way has established the Suzan Labine Leadership Award in memory of the legacy of Suzan Labine. The award recognizes a compassionate and caring United Way of Thunder Bay "Leaders Of The Way" volunteer who best exemplifies the spirit of the United Way and an unwavering commitment to the betterment of our community, as demonstrated by Suzan Labine.