From Boss, Bill Stankoven

Hello  My name is Bill Stankoven and I am fortunate and blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Nicole for the past 17 years.

Seventeen wonderful years filled with laughter, tears, joy, sadness, fun times and endless Starbucks runs.

Nicole was a bright shining star in our office.  She brought peace, stability, and a grounding to my practice. Nicole was so sensitive to her coworkers needs; always willing to lend a helping hand, providing an encouraging word when someone was down, or even pulling someone’s chair out while they were sitting in it and telling them it was time to go have a break. Nicole could never watch anyone in the office struggle. It was her nature to always go and help.

Nicole had a great sense of humor.  Throughout our workdays I would hear her laughter drifting into the operatories from the reception area. Her usual morning break around 10:00 am consisted of her special bowl of oatmeal with a small container of applesauce in it. While she ate she loved to read Ollie the Pug in the Times Colonist and giggled and laughed at the humorous content.

Nicole had this knack for remembering my patients names.  I would try and recall a pts name that had been in the office quite a while ago, start describing the patients features and characteristics and before I could finish, out of Nicole’s mouth popped the patients name

We went on numerous continuing education trips and Nicole would always be my in office travel agent. She was just so organized that I could rest easy knowing that everything and everyone’s travel arrangements were taken care of.

Nicole knew how to live life to the fullest and she affected everyone around her. As we walk through life we meet many people. Some you meet, you pass by and no change is made.  Others you meet, you connect with them, and your life is forever changed. Nicole was that type of a person.  She would change you forever in a wonderful way, and always reminding you about what was important in life.  Her motto  LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL touched so many people and affected the way  we live our lives.

I have received numerous calls and cards from my patients expressing their sincerest condolences and sadness at Nicole’s passing.  They have all stated how Nicole made them feel so special, how she  totally took care of all their needs, and how they looked forward to her always smiling greeting and positive energy and attitude.  Nicole was never just a receptionist but a friend to all our patients and made our patients feel like part of a large family

I never realized the strength Nicole possessed until she was diagnosed.  Then it was very evident that  her inner strength, her courage, and her resolve came from none other than our Father in heaven.

From her smiles after riding into work on her scooter to her infectious laugh,  Nicole will always be remembered and will never be forgotten.

Her presence will remain in our office forever.

Scott, Brooke, and Jada,    Please know that we are all one big family;  here for you, willing to help whenever you need us

I have a short poem to read to you which I believe exemplifies the way Nicole lived her life. She was always counting her blessings and letting the negative go.


I have in my hands two boxes which God gave me to hold

He said “Put all your sorrows in the black and all your joys in the gold

I heeded his words, and in the two boxes both my joys and my sorrows I store

But though the gold became heavier each day, the black was as light as before.

With curiosity, I opened the black, I wanted to find out why

And I saw, in the base of the box, a hole which my sorrows had fallen out by.

I showed the hole to God, and mused aloud,” I wonder where my sorrows could be”

He smiled a gentle smile at me, “My child they’re all here with me.

I asked “God, why give me the boxes, “Why the gold, and the black with the hole?”

“My child, the gold is for you to count your blessings, the black is for you to let go.”


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