Betty Ife was a dear friend, colleague, mediator, teacher and mentor. In whatever role you knew Betty, she stood apart as someone very special with a genuine appreciation for people. Serving on the FMC Board of Directors for 10 years in her various roles as President, Treasurer, Editor of Resolve, FMC Certification Chair and numerous other committees, Betty was a tremendous advocate for mediation.
Betty was a transformational leader, had a gift for innovative thinking, was extremely passionate about family mediation and was committed to improving the field. She worked as a Family Justice Counsellor in the Burnaby, Surrey and the North Shore Family Justice Centres for 20 years. Her first profession was as a teacher and she obtained a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Education. She was passionate about assisting families with domestic violence issues and participated on innovative committees in Delta (DOVE) and the North Shore (ICAT). She was also trained as Crown Counsel Victim/Witness Services Volunteer Caseworker.
Betty was a mentor for new family mediators with the Mediate BC Family Mediation Practicum Program and she was on the faculty with the Justice Institute of British Columbia. She co-authored a parent education program called “Separated With Children-Dealing with the Finances” with the Justice Education Society of British Columbia. Betty’s energy, integrity, commitment and countless contributions were remarkable. Betty was one of a kind and will be sorely missed by many as an advocate, colleague and friend.
She leaves behind her sister Debbie and Debbie’s husband Fred Adams and their extended family.
Those of you who would like to join the gathering of Betty’s friends, family and colleagues; we will meet:
Thursday, March 30th 2:00 – 4:00PM
Royal Canadian Legion
123 West 15th Street, North Vancouver
In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted at the North Shore Crisis Services Society by calling 604-987-0366, where the Betty Ife Fund will be set up to help those in need.
It is with great regret that we advise of Betty Ife’s unexpected passing. We extend our condolences to Betty’s family, friends and colleagues. We deeply appreciate Linda Bonnell in preparing these remarks on the work of her dear friend.