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Emily Selwood

$24,410.00 (raised so far)

About Emily Selwood

Emily’s kind and gentle spirit touched the lives of so many in her 18 short years.

Emily’s passion for service and interest in the social sciences brought her to study at UBC in the Faculty of Arts in the fall of 2021. Emily settled in quickly at UBC and formed some extraordinary friendships in her few short weeks of living on campus. She loved her classes and the natural beauty the campus had to offer.

Emily’s family, friends and community are heartbroken by her sudden and tragic death in September 2021. They will hold her beautiful light and warmth in their hearts forever.

Emily grew up on Vancouver Island and loved everything it had to offer. She spent time camping, hiking, and taking in the stunning landscapes and beaches with her family and friends and was always up for an adventure.

Emily discovered rowing in high school and developed a love for the sport that taught her so much about herself and her inner strength. She was a dedicated and loyal teammate and became a fierce competitor. Her crews earned medal wins in the eight and the coxed four at the 2019 Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Championships. Emily loved being on the water and found a special peace there.

Emily had a great capacity for compassion and exemplified kindness. Her dedication to service and commitment to helping others led her to work on numerous initiatives, through her school, to help those in need and protect the environment. In everything she did, Emily worked hard to embody her favourite quote by Ian Maclaren; “be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”.

Anyone who knew Emily well knew her kindness extended to all living creatures and that she had a special place in her heart for animals.

Emily’s humility and empathetic nature were a gentle but powerful force.  She had the ability to make others feel heard and loved. Her smile was warm and her joy was contagious and she had the power to make the simple things in life feel special.

Emily was a loyal and loving daughter, sister and friend. Her bright light will be missed.

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The Impact of your support

To honour Emily’s memory, her family would like to inspire students studying social sciences who want to make the world a better place. Your gift will support undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts through the Emily Selwood Memorial Fund. Final decisions on the award description and student eligibility will be made in consultation with the family.

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  • Emily had the ability to lift up those around her with a quiet word, an empathetic smile or simply her positive energy. Emily was often a topic of positive conversation at our dinner table as she impacted the lives of both Isabel and Matthew on a daily basis. She made those she interacted with not only feel better but be better. We will be forever grateful for having had her touch our lives and will honour her memory by striving to always be better.

    The Cormie Family, Friends
  • Emily was a truly special person. We think of her always and miss her deeply.

    Cindy Henry and family, Friend
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  • Claudia, Mateo, Mark and Michelle Murr

  • Garry and Nadine Ivanco

  • Barb and Jeff Broder

  • Nigel, Leslie & family

  • Jane, Kent, Jacob, and Zoe

  • Olivia Meadows

  • Denver and Adrienne Wigg and Family

  • Grace Meadows

  • Gail Knudson and Theo Young

  • Hannah Schmidt

  • Robin Pike

  • John and Krista de Goede

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