Laura Pao

Laura Pao

It was with deep regret that Vanier Director General Normand Bernier informed the College of the passing of Laura Pao on Saturday, July 9, 2016. Laura had been a faculty member in the Sociology Department since 1992.

The family will receive family, friends and colleagues on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Alfred Dallaire Memoria, 1120 Jean-Talon Est from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. A commemoration will be held at 2:00 pm. Further information can be obtained at

As per the family's request, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the CHUM Foundation. On behalf of the Vanier Community, Mr. Bernier extended our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues.

Biographical info from Vanier's Sociology website:

Laura came to Montreal in 1972 as an international student. Being away from home for the first time, she was touched by the help she received from the Chinese Alliance Church. Living in a culturally diverse city gave her many opportunities to learn about the lives of immigrants. This interest was further taken up in her master thesis on the experience of Chinese post-war immigrants in Montreal. Upon graduation from McGill with a master degree in sociology in 1982, she worked in many part-time jobs in research, social services, business and teaching. In the 80s, she worked for Prof. Maurice Pinard of McGill University on Quebec Referendum, and Dr. Denise Helly on cultural communities in Montreal. She has worked for Chinese Family service in community services for a brief period of 18 months. In 1986, she started teaching part-time at Concordia University. She has taught many courses including juvenile crime and delinquency, social problems, ethnic and race relations, sociology of the family and Quebec society. She enjoys sharing her experience with her students in class.

She has lived in China, Rwanda, and England; traveled and visited many countries including Cuba, France, Egypt, Kenya, and Mexico; enjoys dancing and practicing Tai Chi and is a mother of two children.

She joined Vanier College in 1992 and has taught courses in sociology, methodology and study skills.


Mrs. Laura Yuen-Ha Pao 1953 - 2016

The family will receive family and friends at: 1120 JEAN-TALON EST, MONTREAL On Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 1:30 pm to 5pm The commemoration will take place: On Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 2pm.

Laura passed away at home on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at age 62. The cherished mother of her two children, Sofia and Guillaume, she is also survived by her Hong Kong family namely her father, her aunt, her siblings and their spouses Phyllis and Bill, Priscilla, Jenny, Salina and Sherman, Derek and Kris, Eliza, and her nephews and nieces. A beloved mother and devoted teacher, she will be greatly missed and remembered for her kindness, spirited character, generosity and wisdom. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests that donations be made to the CHUM Foundation.

Click to link to the online obituary listing.


This is an early photo of Laura holding her daughter Sofia.

This photo of Laura was taken at a Vanier retirement party from around 2000.

Here is another photo from the same retirement party.

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