Jann Louise MacInnis Bailey 1952 — 2015

Jann Louise MacInnis Bailey


March 12, 1952 – October 9,2015

On October 9 2015, our beloved wife, sister, aunt passed away after being airlifted to St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver B.C. after a very sudden illness which has surprised us all.

Born March 12, 1952 to John William Bailey and Dr. Edna Mae MacInnis in Hamilton Ontario, she spent her early years living in Ancaster then Dundas Ontario. Jann leaves her husband Alan Stephenson, her sisters Cheryl (Tom) Horn, London Ont., Beth Austin, Waitsfield Vermont, her brother Doug (Cheri) Bailey, Pritchard B.C. and her nieces and nephews, Lise Crawford, Suzanne Horn, R.J. Austin, Chris Austin, Cole Bailey and Jesse Bailey.

Known throughout Canada as the Executive Director of the Kamloops Art Gallery, her accomplishments were vast. She received the Governor General’s Canada 125 Award in 1992, The Y’s Woman of Distinction Award in 1995, The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal in 2003, Named Co-commissioner for the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 (Italy), Named Fellow of the Canadian Museums Association in 2008 and received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts and Letters, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops in 2008 and the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal, Government of Canada Award in 2013.

Jann was appointed to well over a dozen Government and non- Government positions throughout her career including the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, the British Columbia Arts Council, and most recently the Vancouver Foundation. She also was the past president of the Canadian Museums Association and Canadian Art Museum Directors. Published many times in National and International magazines dealing with The Arts and as a Guest Lecturer throughout British Columbia, her life was dedicated to the love of art and bringing awareness of the social and economic value of supporting Art.

Jann graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, Ontario and Sarah Lawrence College, New York (French Campus/Lacoste) and prior to moving to Kamloops in 1987 she taught at Fleming College, Peterborough, Ontario from 1984 to 1987.

Leisure time found Jann in her garden where she systematically changed to growing flowers that were edible; wandering the Famer’s Market in town on a Saturday morning; creatively cooking wonderful meals and prior to her initial health problems traveling extensively around the world for pleasure and business.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 24 at 11 AM at the Coast Hotel Theater, 1250 Roger Way, Kamloops, B.C. V1S 1N5

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations to the Kamloops Art Gallery be given in her honor at Kamloops Art Gallery 101 – 465 Victoria St., Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2A9.

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3 Tributes

  1. Kathryn Greener Tees
    Posted October 22, 2015 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    I have known Jann since we were teenagers hanging around in the basement of her mom’s house. We were a great group of friends and had many good times together.
    Oddly, we both spend many years in Kamloops where we met on several occasions in the community. We shared an interest in art, theatre and jewelry making.
    She will be missed.

  2. Russ Cooper & Family
    Posted October 22, 2015 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    To the entire Bailey family, we wish to extend our deepest sympathy on the sudden loss of Jann. We have fond memories of Jann when she lived in Dundas.

    God bless you all during this sad time.

    Russ Cooper and Family
    Dundas, Ontario

  3. Silvia Scheibenpflug
    Posted October 23, 2015 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Heartfelt condolences to Doug Bailey and his family from all of us at Stone&Company.

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