A prairie girl through and through, Deborah Magdee was born and raised in Winnipeg and embraces her Ukrainian and Polish heritage. For the past 20 years, she has held the position of school and support staff worker for the Vancouver School Board supporting students with special needs.
Deborah is a mother and foster parent who became a full-time caregiver at home when her mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia. Caring for her mother day-to-day became a loving, intimate experience and when she learned she could keep her mother at home for her funeral after she died, she sought further information to make it happen. This became a way to honour her mom, as did her ancestors on the prairies of Saskatchewan. Deborah and her family were so taken by this beautiful experience and loving act that they have now had open conversations on how each family member would like to be taken care of when their day comes.
Vancouver has been Deborah’s West Coast home for the past 23 years. She was heard on CBC Radio’s On the Coast show in July 2016 during their “DIY Funerals, Rite at Home” documentary series.