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Canmore resident, marriage commissioner Nomi Whalen dies

Nomi Whalen's accomplishments included being a founding member of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, serving as an alderman on Calgary's city council, and her many years as a marriage commissioner. During her time guiding couples through their nuptials, she conducted more than 6,000 wedding ceremonies. 
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Retired marriage commissioner Nomi Whalen stands on the stairs in her Canmore. During her time as a marriage commissioner, she presided over more than 6,000 marriage ceremonies. JORDAN SMALL RMO PHOTO

CANMORE – Longtime Canmore resident and marriage commissioner Nomi Whalen has died.

Whalen was 87 years old and passed away peacefully on Thursday (July 11), according to a press release from her family.

"Nomi had an amazing and full life," stated the release. 

Whalen was born in Vancouver and arrived in Calgary for the first time in 1957 as a newlywed, having married Ed Whalen, a longtime Calgary broadcaster and community supporter. He passed away in 2001.

She had a passion for being creative – paitning, drawing, music and other forms of art. Her accomplishments included being a founding member of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, serving as an alderman on Calgary's city council, and her many years as a marriage commissioner.

During her time guiding couples through their nuptials, she conducted more than 6,000 wedding ceremonies. 

A private graveside memorial for immediate family and close friends will be held in Canmore, where she will laid to rest next to her husband. A public celebration of life will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made in her name to the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre. Go to www.aarc.ab.ca for information on how to donate. 



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