Born Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 22, 1959. Died Saltspring Island, BC, August 20, 2011, surrounded by her family.
Beloved wife of 19 years to Paul Ceyssens, mother to Kiera and Callum, sister to Bronwyn, Paul (predeceased) (Mary Anne), and Roy, and aunt to Megan. Laurel was predeceased by her parents Perry and Rosemary Bauchman.
Laurel grew up in Halifax, Montreal and St. John’s, and received her arts, education and law degrees from Dalhousie University. She began her legal career with the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission, appearing regularly in the courts of Cape Breton representing clients in family law and criminal matters. Most recently, she practiced for 12 years in the areas of employment law and professional regulation with her husband, in the Saltspring Island firm of Ceyssens & Bauchman. Laurel was involved in providing pro bono legal services and other charitable endeavours, most prominently as a long-serving member of the board of directors of the Gulf Islands Early Learning Society (formerly Salt Spring Island Daycare Society). She was heavily involved in the Society’s plans for a new early learning centre in the community.
Laurel was proud of her professional accomplishments, but always said what she wanted more than anything was a family. She derived enormous personal satisfaction from her family and was a committed and intuitive parent. To her family and many friends she exhibited in abundance the qualities of inspiration and compassion and mischievous fun.
Laurel’s family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the nursing staff at Lady Minto Hospital and Dr. Ian Gummeson.
A memorial service will take place at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria, Friday, September 2, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gulf Islands Early Learning Society, 381 Lower Ganges Road, Saltspring Island, V8K 2V4, Queen Margaret’s School, 660 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, BC, V9L 1C2, or the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, www.colorectal-cancer.ca. Condolences to