Remembering Cynthia Bertolin

It is with profound sadness that Cando has learned of the passing of Cynthia Bertolin.

Cynthia was a key part of the Cando family for many years serving as Cando Executive Director from the late 1990's through 2002.

Cando extends its condolences to Cynthia's family and friends and we wish them comfort and peace during this very difficult time.

Cynthia Bertolin


Obituary: Cynthia Ann Bertolin

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Cynthia Ann Bertolin, at the age of 55 in Calgary, AB on Friday July 27th in the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Surrounded by her family, she died from injuries sustained during a fall. She was born December 13, 1962, in Fort Williams (Thunder Bay), Ontario to Larry and Annamae Desmeules.

Cynthia graduated from University of Alberta Law School in 1989. She married Gianfranco Bertolin on July 4, 1986, in Edmonton. She worked as a lawyer, CEO and business consultant throughout her career. Most recently she worked for her own company, Sunrope, advising Métis and First Nations groups around the province.

She will be fondly remembered by her mother, Annamae Desmeules; husband, Gianfranco Bertolin; two children, Bianca and Harlan; siblings, Larry (Debra) Desmeules, Charles Desmeules, Gayle (Wayne Tymofichuk) Desmeules; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Cynthia touched are invited to the
FOSTER & MCGARVEY FUNERAL HOME, 10011 - 114 Street NW at 2 p.m.
with light snack, coffee and tea, no interment, on

Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

For those unable to attend the service in person a live stream donated by the McMurray Métis is being made available:

If the link does not function properly a recording will be made available 24 hours after the event.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Cynthia’s name to Métis Crossing at or, a cheque made to “Métis Crossing Ltd.” can be sent to

Juanita Marois
Métis Nation of Alberta
100, 11729 – Kingsway Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5G 0X5