Barbara McInnes loved to dance but found that cancer was an unappealing and awkward partner. Early in the morning on July 1st, with a brilliant smile on her face, she took one last solo twirl and left cancer behind as she died peacefully at home surrounded by her family.
Beloved wife of Glenn for 58 years. Loving mother of Leah McInnes-Eustace (Jeff) and Emily McInnes (Jonathan Gallivan). Mother figure and special aunt to Shawn Jackson (Hilary Davies and Toby). Devoted and cherished Granny to Devon Eustace, Simon Eustace, and Gideon Gallivan. She is survived by her siblings and their partners, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, friends and the thousands of people whose lives she touched, whether she knew it or not.
Her presence in the community and her generosity over the years have led to immense impacts on the lives of countless individuals in need.
Barbara worked tirelessly over decades to enhance the culture of philanthropy in Ottawa, in Canada, and internationally. During her 27 years as President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Ottawa, she developed new avenues and partnerships that enabled generous citizens to invest in their community. She helped to steer the Community Foundations of Canada and the International Transatlantic Community Foundation Network and fostered numerous local foundations across the country and internationally.
Barbara provided leadership to such organizations as Carleton University, the Ottawa School of Art, the United Way of Ottawa, Shorefast Foundation, the Equality Fund, Telus Ottawa, Compassionate Ottawa, PAL Ottawa, Refugee 613 and more. For her exemplary leadership in the philanthropic community, she was invested into the Order of Canada in 2010, received the Queen's Jubilee Medal and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Ottawa Chapter in June 2021.
Perhaps even more significant than her accolades, incredible career and service achievements is how Barb inspired, supported and mentored people throughout her illustrious career.
Her family fulfilled her delight with life, the many places she explored, the fast friendships she and Glenn made, and her accomplishments which helped her community.
A woman of energy, verve and vision, Barbara McInnes built one of Ottawa’s most successful charities, the Ottawa Community Foundation, all while spreading her upbeat brand of civic-mindedness.
Instead of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in memory of Barbara to the newly established Barbara McInnes Executive Mentoring Project Fund.
A small private family service will be held. A celebration of Barbara's life will take place at a later date once covid restrictions are lifted. If you'd like to be kept informed of any plans, please sign up for notifications.