Remembering Kevin Leonard: A friend, mentor, leader and inspiration to do better and be well!
It is with a sad and heavy heart that we inform you that Kevin Leonard died of complications from pneumonia on Monday, July 15th. Kevin lived with Crohn’s disease for more than 40 years, but refused to let the ensuing challenges stand in the way of a full and active life. He was a passionate advocate of patients becoming informed and active partners in their own healthcare and founded Patient Destiny in 2005 to promote that very principle.
Kevin with his partner, friend, colleague, health support leader and wife, Sandra Dalziel, have been pioneers in lobbying for the fundamental rights of all people to be informed, empowered, educated and ultimately responsible for their health and health care.
You can find Kevin’s obituary here. A “Celebration of Kevin’s Life” will take place on Wednesday, July 24th at 5:00 pm at the University of Toronto Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street, Toronto, M5S 1C7 – directions can be found on their website.
Kevin had incredible achievements in his (too short) lifetime, and several of these are mentioned by Sandra, in his obituary. I learned so much from Kevin but nothing was greater than the fact that the most powerful force in anyone’s health journey is self and this power can only be realized when they are informed and respected as the nucleus of their care and support. Over and over again, Kevin proved this thru his own health struggles. All he wanted to do was make sure that all people had the option to manage their health.
I am going to miss Kevin very much. The last time we met in Toronto, we committed again, to staying healthy, supporting one another and seeing the vision thru. Unfortunately, Kevin was unable to bounce back this time. The world and Canada are much better places for his time with us, and he will never be forgotten as one of the truly innovative pioneers of the people-centred movement.
With admiration, respect and love I must say goodbye. Thank you for all that you have been and all you have done. You and Patient Destiny will not be forgotten!