July 23, 1975 - May 2, 2023
Diahanne Melissa Ellis was born on July 23, 1975 as the second child to parents Stanlislaus Ellis and Donna Briggs Ellis. She was the sister of Daun, Kerwin, Schimze, and Shenelle Ellis and the mother of Alyssa Austin whom she shared with Anson Austin.
Mel as she was fondly called, was a no-nonsense person who stood for what she believed in without wavering. She was a very loving, caring and compassionate person who adored helping people even if it meant leaving herself undone. Her positive impact on peoples lives demonstrated her divine purpose. She also loved, traveling, sharing, shopping, presenting herself well, and believing that with God, all things are possible. Her faith in God increased during her illness and she strongly believed that healing came from God.
She attended Stella Maris Primary School and upon completion, she attended one of Guyana’s premiere secondary schools, President’s College. Upon successful completion of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) examination, she attended the University of Guyana where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. After graduating, in pursuit of fulfilling her career path, she sought employment at the Office of the Auditor General of Guyana, now known as the Audit Office of Guyana where she worked in excess of 12 years. However, she resigned in 2011 in the capacity of Audit Supervisor and subsequently migrated to Canada.
Upon her arrival in Canada, she made the bold decision to become a homemaker to facilitate her daughter’s movements to and from school because of the statutory age to leave a child unattended. During that time, she attended work courses with COSTI with the aim of obtaining Canadian work experience. In 2017, as her daughter was starting high school, she sought employment at Radial as a Fulfillment Associate.
In 2020, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and with the advent of COVID-19 and the risk associated, it was advised by her doctor to take time off from work. With the unfortunate spread of the cancer to the brain, she passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on May 2, 2023. May she rest in peace and her soul rise in glory.
Sleep on Mel.
The family invites you to join them for a time of Visitation at Ward Funeral Home, 52 Main Street South, Brampton, on May 9, 2023 from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Diahanne will be repatriated to her home country of Guyana for her final resting place.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Canadian Cancer Society in Diahanne's memory.
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