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Dr. Christine Marie Dishlin. May 19, 1964- August 20, 2009

Last week, the LGBTQ community unexpectedly lost a dear friend. Dr. Christine Dishlin was born on May 19, 1964 in Halifax, NS to Bill & Marie Dishlin. She passed away last week due to MS related complications. She was a pharmacist. She was a strong supporter of LGBTQ causes both in Halifax and throughout Canada. During the 1990’s, she was the creator and moderator of the SatLesNs (or Lesbians over 30) group. SATles was created at a time when LGBTQ social organizations rarely existed. She helped a lot of women who were coming out later in life. Several of the women from her group met their future partners through their participation in SATles; many of whom are now married and have started families together. During her time with SATles, she met many lesbians who were still coming out of the closet, many of whom needed a support system. Some were starting their lives over again, and many were afraid, alone, and struggling. She even saved a few lives from depression and suicide, due to her calm, gentle and reassuring manner. She is a testament to those who struggle or who have struggled with sexuality. She was living proof that you can be out and proud, while still being able to lead a rich and colourful life. She was also my best friend and an extraordinary person. I miss you dearly Christine. Until we meet again on the other side, I will honour your memory here on earth, forever. Rest in peace my dear friend.