I received very sad news today; Barbara Sears, who I had the pleasure of knowing through my years with the Visual Researchers Society of Canada, died of Cancer yesterday.
Barbara was a bright and fun spark, who was always generous with her time and knowledge.
My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
Barbara Ann Sears died of cancer of the pancreas at Toronto Grace Hospice on 25 August 2009, in Torontoafter an illness of five months. She was a person of great talent. An editorial and visual researcher, Barbara was a founding member of the Visual Researchers’ Society of Canada - Association des recherchistes en audiovisuelle du Canada.
Over the course of her career, she worked not only in print, but also as a documentary film director, producer, writer and narrator. She worked for many years with journalist and historian Pierre Berton. Her contribution to Canadian history is evident in her work on dozens of books and many documentaries created by some of Canada’s best producers and directors, including the late Donald Brittain.
An endowment to further editorial and visual research has been set up in Barbara's name, to be administered by the Visual Researcher’s Society of Canada (VRSC/ARAC)