Elizabeth Vanessa Ingrid Berjat
March 11, 1980– April 2, 2018
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we are sharing the tragic news of the unexpected passing of Vanessa Berjat.
Vanessa was the only child born to Michel Berjat and Bozena Maria Wroblewska-Berjat. Montreal was home for most of her early years.
She had the privilege to engage in a one-year exchange program in London. Her interests led her to study literature in Paris in her early university years. Upon returning to Canada, Vanessa continued her education in journalism at Concordia University. Realizing her calling for medicine, she then attended McGill University.
Vanessa graduated in 2007, and went on to specialize in family medicine with a keen focus in obstetrical care. She wanted to explore this great country and worked in several communities throughout western Canada. Attuned to the challenges of rural communities’ access to care, she completed the Enhanced Surgical Skills Program in Prince Albert, Sask.
Thereafter, Vanessa and her life partner, Eric de Larminat, explored communities and rural medicine career opportunities in western Canada before settling in Rocky Mountain House. Vanessa’s passion for women’s health issues was amazing and her calm presence in the obstetrical suite made every birth a holy event.
Her life commitment was larger than her local community. She was a strong advocate for the Enhanced Surgical Skills Program. She played a very active role in furthering the advancement of its curriculum, participating and building ongoing mentorship programs with surgeons through the Rural Surgical Network in B.C.
Vanessa’s other professional pursuits included mission work in Panama, her support for Doctors Without Borders and The Red Cross and her keen interest in studying surgical outcomes in developing countries.
Vanessa is survived by the love of her life, Eric, her parents Michel and Bozena, her extended family in both North America and Europe, Eric’s family and many close friends.
Vanessa, you were deeply loved and you will always be loved, you will never be forgotten and you will always be in our hearts.
A funeral service for Vanessa was held at the Rocky Mountain Alliance Church, 5304 - 57 St. on Monday, April 9, 2018. Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House.
Donations may be made in Vanessa’s name to the Rocky Mountain House Hospital and Care Centre to help support the surgical and obstetrics programs.
Condolences may be forwarded to: www.rockyfuneralhome.ca.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements.