It is a dark day for the Canadian Theatre Community, as we lost the esteemed Valerie Hawkins early yesterday morning after a five year battle with Ovarian cancer. It is my tremendous fortune that she was my friend. Valerie was a wonderful actor, and an unparalleled singer. She was a force onstage and off. She is loved and missed very much by her wonderful family, her partner, and her many, many friends and colleagues.