Yvonne Kristensen: March 5th, 1950 – October 23rd, 2014
Yvonne worked at East End Children’s Centre for 16 years, as well as several years during our organization’s early history in the late 1980s. She gave of her warmth, strength, passion and playfulness to so many children, parents, caregivers and co-workers. We are truly proud of the way Yvonne worked and played, making our programs and indeed our lives incredibly rich, during her time with us. We remember her powerful energy, huge voice, beautiful heart, and her joyful laugh. We miss her very much.
In addition to her work with EECC, Yvonne operated a small store in Kensington Market, called Vibe, where she sold essential oils she crafted herself.
Some of you knew that Yvonne had two diagnoses of breast cancer in the past 20 years, most recently in 2006. She decided to make those years great anyway; she had many, many tools in her toolkit for living well, not the least of which were her sense of humour and deep spirituality. She was still riding her bike this past spring and was actively working with us until the end of July 2014, then took a few weeks vacation before discerning that returning to work was not an option.
Yvonne leaves a daughter, Jade, and two school-aged granddaughters Narissa and Deja, as well has a great many friends around the globe. Her family honoured her wishes not to have a funeral. We held a memorial event on March 3rd, 2015 at our Kimbourne site, which was well attended by the community. The City of Toronto passed a motion at a city council meeting, to officially recognize the enormous loss of Yvonne Kristensen.
We still miss and remember Yvonne and how she helped shape the Kimbourne program as it is today.
Stella Bruner-Methven: April 17th, 2009 – October 22nd, 2012
Come sit for awhile in Stella’s Snuggling Corner at our Kimbourne site, hold your children close and read to them. The Stella and Sam books on display there were donated in her memory on the occasion of what would have been her 10th birthday, on April 18th, 2019.
Stella was a local child and a regular on Saturdays at Kimbourne, when she died from a brain tumour at age 3 1/2. Stella’s siblings, Sam, Hugo and Adele still visit on Saturdays with their moms, Mishi and Aimee. Read more about Stella and her family here.
Fateme Mirsayafi: June 26th, 1954 – October 23rd, 2010
Fateme worked at both our Kimbourne and Terry Fox sites from 1992 to 2010. Read here about her extraordinary life and the gifts she gave to the world.