Doris BarkmanMuch loved DI volunteer Doris Anne Barkman passed away suddenly at the age of 81 years.

Doris is lovingly remembered by her daughters, Debra and Lori and grandchildren, Paige, Chelsea and Wyatt. She is also survived by her long-time friend, Jim as well as several relatives, including her 102 year old mother, Agatha.

The DI affectionately remembers Doris as “The Hat Lady”.

Doris started volunteering in July 1999. She made soup for hundreds of clients everyday. She became known as the “Hat Lady” when the nets used in the kitchen would not stay on her head. Doris solved the problem by wearing an array of interesting hats: alpine, baseball, sailor, cowboy, and all kinds of novelty hats.

Doris lived an interesting life. She came to Calgary from Steinbach, Manitoba and lived in Calgary for over 30 years. Among other occupations, she worked as a teacher, in a hardware and gift store, and as a forklift operator for Canada Post. Her volunteer career began in “retirement”.

Doris had a great a sense of humor, a soft spot for the elderly and handicapped people and had a reputation as a reliable and dedicated volunteer.

It is caring, dedicated volunteers like Doris who make it possible for The DI to provide critical programs that help homeless Calgarians rebuild their lives.

Hats off to you Doris. You will forever remain in our hearts.

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