Our friend Stacey: Mom, Doctor, Reader

Stacey Schwartz was a Halifax pediatrician and married mother of two who loved hiking, canoeing, singing – and reading. She was our friend and a founding member of our book club in 1995.

A voracious reader who often had two or three books on the go at once – and always more waiting on her bedside table – Stacey brought her trademark wit and wisdom to our monthly meetings, always challenging and engaging us in her inimitable fashion.

Stacey died on Sept. 13, 2013 just two weeks before her 50th birthday, after a short but intense battle with cancer. We miss her greatly, and this community – including her family and friends, her neighbours, her fellow medical practitioners – keenly feels her loss.

Stacey's Stories June2014
Our Halifax book club launches Stacey’s Stories at Woozles book store with a stack of our favourite kids’ reads, all destined for the IWK Health Centre where Stacey was a pediatrician and emergency room physician.

In her memory, our book club began a venture we call Stacey’s Stories, which sees our members – and others – collecting new books to donate to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia where Stacey was a well-known and respected presence in the emergency room.

We work in partnership with the IWK Health Centre’s Child Life department, which helps children who are long-term patients , and also with the very supportive Woozles Children’s Bookstore, where Stacey was a frequent customer.

Each donated book contains a Stacey’s Stories decal, and is presented in her memory, with much love. You can learn more about Stacey in the Globe and Mail Lives Lived column written by her parents Irwin and Myrna Schwartz.

More than 200 books have been purchased so far by Stacey’s friends, family, patients and their families. These were among the first, purchased by Stacey’s book club, a little something for readers of all kinds.