Nancy Hicks was a life long resident of the Oromocto – Fredericton area. She was born at the VPH on June 19, 1953. Nancy passed away in November of 2009 after a two and a half year battle with cancer. She had three passions in her life; her profession, her family and animals.
Nancy graduated from UNB with both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and taught for 30 years at Summerhill Street Elementary School in Oromocto.
As a testament to her love of teaching and the commitment she showed to her school, the school recently honored her by establishing the “Nancy Hicks Fine Arts Room”. To quote Rosa McEwing, Principal of Summerhill Street School, “Nancy wrote plays, took students to drama festivals, she’d design and make costumes herself. She could do anything.”
Besides her love and devotion to her students, school and profession, she was very committed to her family, and in particular her parents, Phyllis and Elmer Hicks. During her teenage years, Nancy underwent a number of very difficult surgeries at the Montreal Neurological Hospital. During this time, her parents helped Nancy overcome some major obstacles and she always wanted to repay them with her help and assistance in their later years. Nancy was a fantastic sister to Donna and Tim, a wonderful sister-in-law to Pierre and Kathy, and a spoiling aunt to her five nieces and nephews; Erika, Sabrina, Neville, Hillary and Elliott.
Nancy’s other passion was her love of animals. For as long as can be remembered, Nancy had a unique bond with animals. From her first pets, Brownie, a Heinz 57 dog, to Snowball the cat, all the way up to Oliver (her long haired Chihuahua) all of these pets were a major source of satisfaction and pleasure for Nancy.
Nancy would cry if she saw a deer lying on the side of the road. She would not watch any show or newscast that showed or discussed any kind of cruelty to animals.
Not long after she was diagnosed with cancer and she knew she wasn’t going to get better, she indicated that she would like to do something for the Oromocto and Fredericton SPCA’s. After exploring various options, Nancy felt the Fredericton Community Foundation provided a simple, flexible and effective means of achieving her charitable goal, of assisting and helping animals in need. She liked the idea that the Foundation is a neutral expert in philanthropy, and will act as stewards for the gift she wants to direct to the local SPCA’s in perpetuity.