29, 1949 - May 31, 2015
It is with profound sorrow that the Communist Party of
Canada (Marxist-Leninist) announces the passing of our dear comrade
Judith A. Snow on the evening of May 31, 2015. The Party sends
heartfelt condolences to Judith's family, comrades and friends in this
time of great loss and sorrow.
Judith Snow was born in Oshawa. As a baby, it was
discovered that she was different than most babies and had limited
movement and would never walk. This surely would have relegated her to
a short and marginalized life except that Judith and her practical
British parents were insistent that she be permitted to fully develop
her gifts and make her contribution to society. And that she did with
great gusto, becoming a trail-blazer on several fronts and from living
life to the fullest.
Judith challenged all the predictions of the medical
establishment and the fate Canadian institutions had in store for her
and vehemently rejected being pathologized and labelled "disabled."
In 1980, with the help of family and friends in her
Joshua Committee, Judith was the first person in Canada to receive
individualized funding from the government so that she could live
independently, not in an institution. She had to fight to maintain that
support year after year but this opened the door for more than 600
people in Ontario and countless others across Canada to demand and
receive state funding for their needs as well.
Academically Judith excelled, first getting a BA in
mathematics, then a Master's in clinical psychology and then in
enrolling a PhD program at the Ontario Institute of Studies in
Education. She was the author of numerous articles published worldwide
and the books What's Really Worth
Doing and How To Do It, as well as the autobiographical From Behind the Piano. She also
contributed to the play, The Book of
Judith. Describing herself as a social inventor and advocate,
Judith was also an artist who founded the Laser Eagles Art Guild, a
group of painters who have exhibited widely including at the Royal
Judith's exploits were legendary. She travelled
extensively throughout North American and Europe and lectured
extensively to promote the integration of people with special needs in
all aspects of life. Her focus was on ensuring that everyone's right to
have a full life is recognized. She vehemently opposed the lack of
respect afforded to people with special needs who are treated as a
drain on society, not treasured for their gifts and contributions. She
looked at people's different abilities and limitations as gifts to the
society that build social solidarity and create practical solutions
that benefit everyone based on how society can meet people's needs.
Judith won the tremendous admiration of all who knew
her. Nothing would stymy her. Nothing would stop her. Her achievements
are the stuff stories are written about.
Judith was a treasured member of the Marxist-Leninist
Party of Canada and represented the Party as a candidate three times
federally and once provincially. She profoundly understood that the
rights of people could only be guaranteed with the renewal of the
political system in Canada. She joined many causes dear to her heart
and made friends everywhere she went.
Details of the funeral will be forthcoming. In the
meantime, visitation is taking place over the next three days until
June 3 at:
Apt. 812 (buzz #170)
Robert Cooke Co-Op
20 Garnett Janes Rd.
Toronto, ON, M8V 3Z1