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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Hilary Warren Nicolson, from cancer, on July 22, 2014, at the Bruyère Continuing Care Hospital in Ottawa.

Hilary lived in six countries, travelled widely, including Africa, and worked directly for two Canadian Prime Ministers, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth Games Canada, and various private interests. Among other activities, Hilary was a President and member of various school guilds and the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Award.

In 2012, Hilary joined Help Lesotho as Director of Donor Relations. A Help Lesotho child sponsor since the earliest days, Hilary’s love for the children and grandmothers of Lesotho inspired us all. Her passion for Help Lesotho, its mission, beneficiaries, staff, donors, and supporters will always be remembered and appreciated (see obituary).

We all miss her dearly.

To support the Hilary Warren Nicolson Memorial Children’s Fund click here.


Help Lesotho is an international development organization working in the AIDS-ravaged country of Lesotho in southern Africa. Help Lesotho delivers education, leadership development and psychosocial support programs for 10,000 rural children, youth and grandmothers annually. Our work fosters hope and motivation in those who are most in need by targeting root causes and community priorities. HIV/AIDS and gender equity are embedded in all our programs with a special focus on girls and women. Help Lesotho is an effective, sustainable organization working at the grass-roots level to support the next generation of leaders for an AIDS-free Lesotho.

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