Julie-Ann Bernice MacAulay passed away peacefully in Banff on November 4, 2021.
Julie-Ann – “Jules” to family and friends – was born September 16, 1963, to Karin (née Wallensteen) and Jack MacAulay. She grew-up participating in figure skating and was a talented student who represented the Banff Rotary Club at the Adventures in Citizenship program in Ottawa. She possessed a dry humour, a quick wit, a gutsy laugh, a knack for friendship, and a no-nonsense sensibility that she loved to cultivate. Once asked, “You are so patient, how do you do it?” she quipped, “I have five older brothers and sisters. I practice.”
She was a connoisseur of comfort, spending leisure time curled-up with a good book, wearing cozy-but-stylish clothing. She was a gourmet cook – handcrafted Belgian chocolate dessert cups filled with raspberry mousse were a specialty. And she was a stealthy competitor – no game of Cribbage, Scrabble, or Rummikub was played by a more astute challenger.
In her early career Julie-Ann moved back-and-forth between Banff and Vancouver Island. She graduated from the University of Victoria in 1986, wore several hats with Parks Canada, and worked at the Glenlyon Norfolk School. She joined Bear Street Family Physicians in 2000 as office manager, retiring in 2019 when complications from multiple sclerosis forced her, reluctantly, to call time.
She is survived by her siblings Karen, Shelley, John, and Jodi (Grant), niece Kelsey, nephews Daniel and Currie (Dani), and a large extended family of MacAulays and Wallensteens. She was predeceased by her parents – whom she mischievously dubbed “the Muppets” – and her beloved eldest brother, Herb.
To Dr. Mette Hoegh-Petersen, Dr. Emma Morin, homecare RNs Kathy and Kyle, and the entire staff of Bear Street Family Physicians – both past and present – thank you for your support, compassion, and kindness. Julie-Ann was proud to be considered a colleague; she knew that as a patient she was in the most caring of hands.
Julie-Ann’s wishes were for cremation and that her ashes be interred in the Old Banff Cemetery and that no formal service take place. Her abiding passions were reading and cooking. She would be honoured to know that donations in her memory supported a local public library or food bank.
“And at night you will look up at the stars…In one of those stars I shall be living.
In one of them I shall be laughing.” (Saint-Exupéry)
Safe journey, Jules. The wind is at your back now. Travel light. Travel far.