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In memoriam: Becky Rogers


Dear friends of the New Canadians Centre,

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the sudden and unexpected passing of Becky Rogers as a result of cardiac arrest at her home on Sunday. She was 62 years old.

Becky came to Peterborough from the Stratford Public Library to be the Peterborough Public Library’s Head Librarian in the spring of 1997. In the spring of 2004, she was appointed the Library Manager/CEO and Manager of the City’s Arts Culture & Heritage Division. She later also assumed the City’s Immigration Portfolio.

Becky was a tireless advocate for immigrant integration, diversity and multiculturalism in our community. She was a dear friend and valued partner.

It is because of her work that an immigration portfolio was created 10 years ago at City Hall and the city has an immigration portal. She served on the NCC Board, was a key partner in the Peterborough Immigration Partnership and was one of our strongest volunteers and supporters.

She was there for you whenever you needed an ally to further immigrant integration and she was there for you when you needed to borrow an aircast for your ruptured Achilles tendon.

She never liked any attention or recognition. She worked quietly -always behind the scenes- to create an inclusive community.

An informal gathering will take place on Thursday, November 2nd from 2:00 till 4:00 p.m. at Highland Park Funeral Home.  All are welcome.

The City Flag will be lowered to half mast in respect to her memory.

She is leaving an enormous space behind her both professionally and personally. But she also leaves a Peterborough that is more diverse, inclusive and welcoming for newcomers than the one would be without her work.

Hajni Hos
Executive Director
New Canadians Centre Peterborough
31 October 2017