Patricia Mary Whelan (Trish)
The family of Patricia Whelan sadly announces the passing of their loving daughter and sister on July 16, 2021 at the age of 59.
Patricia is survived by her mother, Joan Whelan, her brothers Lawrence Whelan (Della Toews), Kevin Whelan (Debbie), her sister, Kathleen Whelan, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, William Whelan.
Trish was born in 1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She spent most of her early years in Saskatoon. She was a great swimmer, skier and softball player. Early on, she fell in love with horses. She loved to ride and compete. Trish treasured her horse, Dublin and her dog, Paisley. She loved to vacation in California and would often compete in a local horse show.
She was dedicated to lifelong learning, receiving her Diploma of Psychiatric Nursing and Nursing from Wascana Institute in Regina in 1983. She continued her education in Edmonton where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta in 1984, her Masters of Health Studies in 2006 from Athabasca University, and finally, her PhD in Social Sciences from Royal Roads University in 2018. It was through this experience that she became involved with at-risk youth in Edmonton. The impact of her passion and commitment to the empowerment of youth using the Emergency Departments in Edmonton will be long remembered and appreciated.
In 2006, she moved to Beaumont where she continued her work as a nurse and educator. Patricia excelled in patient care in the Emergency Departments at Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital in Camrose. As an instructor, she was committed to encouraging excellence in her students. More recently, she worked at Alberta Health Services as an Education Consultant where she was an inspiring and accomplished leader. She helped to implement a new clinical charting system, working with passion and optimism helping to train staff and students across the province.
Trish fought cancer for the last 7 months with grace and dignity. Her family, friends and co-workers will love her and miss her always.
Thank you to all the angels at Chateau Vitaline in Beaumont, Leduc Community Hospital and at Norwood Hospice.
A celebration of Patricia’s life will be held at Church of our Lady in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on August 28th 2021 at 11:00 am.
The family invite you to join them in a Zoom Meeting.
Meeting ID: 865 3841 5939
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Patricia’s name to YESS Youth Empowerment and Support Services at yess.org