Christine Karcza

Christine Marie Karcza

Sunday, June 11th, 1950 - Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
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Christine Marie Karcza
June 11, 1950 – September 2, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce that Christine Karcza passed away peacefully on September 2, 2020, after a brief illness.
She was a loving sister to Alex, sister-in-law to Shelagh and a wonderful aunt to Katie and Jamie.
Born in Hamilton, Christine spent her early years in Burlington, attended the University of Guelph, and then spent most of her adult life in the City of Toronto.
Her career included working for the March of Dimes, Ontario Women’s Directorate and Royal Bank of Canada. In her later years she established her own business, Christine Karcza Consulting. She served on the Board of Directors for the Royal Ontario Museum and was a Senior Fellow at Massey College.
An advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities, Christine’s passion was the work she did to improve accessibility in the theatres, museums and numerous other facilities in Toronto. She worked closely with many of the theatre groups in Toronto to train their staff and initiate “relaxed performances” to provide access to those who normally couldn’t attend theatre.
A private family service has taken place. In lieu of flowers, you may choose to donate to a charity of your choice, but above all, and when the opportunity presents itself, please support the performing arts as music, dance and theatre were so very dear to Christine’s heart.
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William G. Reid

Posted at 11:01am
I had the honour of working with Christie when she was a student at Nelson High School in Burlington. I wrote and directed an original play with the late Ken Hollier, The Return of Mary Poppins. Christine faced physical challenges. She auditioned for the role of the Bird Lady. I liked her work but I had to give her second place to the daughter of a well known international entertainer who was gifted with a beautiful voice and was not selected to play the lead role as Mary Poppins. I asked her to become my script assistant and she faithfully carried out the task. I worked side by side with this young lady and watched her grow to become my right hand. On opening night I received a call that my Bird Lady had taken sick and would be unable to appear. I looked up Christine's address and arrived at her home as the family was ready to sit down for dinner. I asked her to play the role despite the fact that she had never rehearsed the part. She instantly agreed and the family was elated as they all had first night tickets to see the show which was sold out. Christine gave a superb and faultless performance that night! It was her only performance but it will never be forgotten by me or her family. I cherish my memory of her and I can understand her eternal love for theatre and the values which can be caught on stage. She went on in life to share her love for theatre. I shed a tear of joy for having worked with this great lady! Bill Reid, Former Teacher, Burlington, Ontario.

Lesley Lewis

Posted at 08:47am
I worked with Christine many years ago at the Ontario Women’s Bureau and we had remained occasionally in touch. Christine’s incredible warmth, sense of humour and fierce intelligence were evident to all who knew her. Without knowing of her passing, only yesterday I gave her name to someone who is working on accessibility. She will be remembered.
Lesley Lewis,

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