Kelly-Anne loved life. Her love for children and animals was beautiful. Up until her passing, she worked at a private day care and school. She taught English as a second language and entertained the younger ones with her rendition of Bryan Adams’s “Summer of ’69” while playing air guitar.
In 2005, we were again delighted and proud to see our second daughter, Kim, graduate from Carleton University after suffering through the loss of her sister. Kim was so determined to persevere and she did. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with her best grades.
After many years of soul searching, I thought about what Kelly-Anne would do. If she were alive and wanted to remember someone close to her who made a difference in the community and who was loved and respected — what would she do? My thoughts brought me to Concordia, a place where she spent some of the happiest years of her life.
The Stingers created the Kelly-Anne Drummond Cup in 2005, a yearly rugby game commemorating their teammate — a competition on the field that was more than just a rugby game. It was love and many tears of endearment.
For me, a scholarship honouring my daughter was the natural thing to do. In 2019, after discussions with the university, the Kelly-Anne Drummond Scholarship was established.
A yearly gift of $1,000 would support a deserving woman studying full-time while playing for the Stingers rugby team. I believe that this is what Kelly-Anne would want me to do to honour her legacy in an environment she loved and respected. Kelly-Anne cared and supported her teammates. She was a guiding light with an infectious smile.