Melanie Mawer, age 47, passed away peacefully on January 31, 2020 as a result of an inoperable glioblastoma multiforme, the condition that shared her body and her beautiful life for many more weeks than was first expected. As her cellular transformation occurred through subsequent treatment regimes to address the aggressive brain cancer, she invited us to witness and participate in her soul-ular transformation as it unfurled. A tangible outcome of this journey is a series of poems that she wrote for herself, and for us.
FLOATING THROUGH THE MIDDLE by Melanie Mawer
I have no hope
I have no fear
I’m floating through the middle.
I’m my own ineffable Golden Mean.
Relaxing into my divine world.
Relaxing into my divine self.
Melanie was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1972 and attended primary and secondary school in Wolseley, a rural town that fostered her love for the prairies and where she forged many strong connections with her peers, mentors and neighbors.
Melanie achieved both her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (1997) ,and a Master of Science in Biology (2002) from the University of Victoria. Following convocation she held a Senior Research Associate position at Geron (CA). Upon returning to Victoria she was one of the initial hires at the BC Cancer Agency’s Trev & Joyce Deeley Research Centre where she worked as the Laboratory Coordinator (2003-2005) and then promoted to Research Operations Leader (2005-2011). Melanie worked for Life Labs (2011-2017) in various roles including Director of Business Development (Genetics). In June 2017, Melanie launched her own business, The Consulting Lab. Melanie earned multiple awards and accolades in her professional development activities while remaining active in volunteer work; from Vancouver Island Life Sciences
Group and Chair of the Animal Care Committee, to involvement in clubs that her children were involved in; Girl Guides of Canada and Caboose Club.
Melanie is predeceased by her daughter, Willow (2013) and her Uncle Morley Hoffman (2013).
Melanie is survived by her husband Christopher Brown and their children Payton & Finlay; father-in-law Tom Brown, mother-in-law Judy Brown; brother-in-law Lee Brown (Carmen Hodgson); parents, Russel and Gail Mawer; sister Shanna Mawer (Mark Normoyle) and nieces and nephews Erica Mohns (Dane McIsaac), Arielle Mohns (Erin Evdokimoff), Addison Mohns (Jayden Ursulak), Eli Mohns, Paul Mohns and Hunter Patrick; Stepsisters Christie Mawer (Jaro Malanowski) and Shari Mawer (Ken Nicholl)...and a substantial list of friends and extended family that have experienced Melanie's genuine, loving presence.
Melanie's life is a testament to her values which are: connecting people & ideas; finding the best in people (and leaving them better than she found them); celebrating; giving credit where credit is due; expressing creativity and in all these things - to be kind. Melanie had a sense of connection to something greater than herself and believed she had a greater purpose than her material presence and contributions on earth. Not only will she be remembered for her courage and optimism; by her example, she has inspired us to continue in love, gather regularly and celebrate often.
I AM NOT GONE by Michael Ashby
I am not gone, While you cry with me
I am not gone, While you smile with me
I am not gone, While you remember with me
I will come, When you call my name
I will come, When I feel your pain
I will come, On your final day
It could never be,
Would never be
We shall always,
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Contact Shanna Mawer at firstname.lastname@example.org for any gestures involving social events, purchase of gifts, special occasions etc. and she will facilitate the gesture. Examples are: outings or ticket purchase for the children, benchmark events (birthdays, graduation) and the planning and facilitation of social events.
Donations in support of Melanie’s children can be made by e-transfer through the "Support For The Mawer-Brown Family" GoFundMe page.