We are very sorry to share the sad news of the passing of Mary Smirle, Managing Director of the Hearing Foundation of Canada. Mary was a passionate advocate for hearing health and hearing research. She served the Hearing Foundation as Manager of Education and Government Relations beginning in 2015, after a year of volunteer work for the organization. In this role, she managed the national Sound Sense program, which promoted healthy hearing in schools, and played a critical role in fundraising, government relations, communications, and engagement with researchers. In 2018, she took on the role of Managing Director, leading the activities of the Hearing Foundation as they engaged with other organizations as part of the Hearing Health Alliance. Mary’s enthusiasm, dedication, kindness and fantastic sense of humour will be sorely missed.