An incredible daughter, wife, friend, dance artist, and high school teacher, Heather Marian Saum passed away on September 12, 2022, surrounded by her loving family at her home in Toronto at the age of 46.
Proudly, Heather was raised in Pilot Butte Saskatchewan. Heather never dwelled on the breast cancer that ended her life far too early. She was busy embracing life to the fullest and giving her love, creativity, energy and zest to her family, friends, colleagues, and students. Heather completed her Master of Arts Degree at York University in 2006. She taught in the Toronto District School Board for over 15 years.
Heather is survived by her parents, Lucille, and John Saum; her brother Jay and his wife Cara, and niece Emily; her Aunt Linda and Uncle Wayne; her cousins, extended family, and friends; and her devoted husband, Michael McGillion. Heather’s leadership in dance, her energy, and her outstanding mentorship influenced hundreds of young people to excel and to express themselves creatively, on their terms. A force for good, an indomitable spirit, and a remarkably uplifting human being, Heather will be forever loved and adored by all who knew her.
Heather’s advice to all: “Dance like no one’s watching!”. Heather, you are beautiful. Thank you for advising us, loving us, and for making us better people. We are following your lead, my love, now and forever.
Friends and family are invited to join at the Cardinal Funeral Home – Annette Chapel (92 Annette Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6P 1N6) Tuesday September 20th from 6-9pm for a visitation and a gathering in honour of Heather’s life.
Keeping with Heathers wishes, in lieu of flowers, it is requested donations be made to The Princess Margaret Foundation - Breast Cancer Research and Etobicoke School for the Arts - Dance Department
September 20, 2022
Cardinal Funeral Home - Annette Chapel
06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
At the request of the family, please wear a mask while indoors.