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Dr. Kitt Turney

$33,900.00 (raised so far)

About Dr. Kitt Turney

Kitt Turney brought exceptional positivity and dedication to the UBC varsity rowing team. Her unwavering perseverance and energy not only motivated others, it also made her an indispensable teammate and friend. She was an integral part of the UBC Thunderbird Women’s crew winning their first national rowing championship in 2004. Her accolades beyond UBC include multiple Canada cup championships and a bronze medal in the U23 world championships.

Her coaches and teammates remember Kitt for leading by example and embodying passion for all of life’s experiences. Kitt’s dedication to her teammates extended off the water into the operating rooms where she was recognized as an outstanding anesthesiologist and caring physician, onto the dodgeball court, and to her fellow musicians on stage. She never wavered in her motivations, exhibited ceaseless perseverance and positivity towards the tasks at hand, and her explosive laugh was guaranteed to bring out a smile on even the coldest, wettest mornings or after the toughest race.

Kitt is treasured for always taking care of those around her. No matter the circumstance, she had a talent for making everyone feel important and welcome, especially those who needed it most. Kitt knew what it meant to struggle. She always pursued the most ambitious challenges and experienced a few fierce battles for her own mental health. Through her entire life, she reached out to protect others with uncommon strength and grace.

Even the strongest cannot succeed alone. This scholarship is to honour an exceptional athlete who stands behind their team and goals with dedication, enthusiasm, kindness and perseverance. The scholarship is also intended to recognize the ability to give, but also to accept, support when needed in order to inspire and pursue meaningful dreams.

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The impact of your support

To honour Kitt’s life and accomplishments, her friends and family will be establishing the Kitt Turney Memorial Fund. Your gift will pay tribute to Kitt’s life by supporting students following in her footsteps at UBC. Final decisions on the award description and student eligibility will be made in consultation with the family.

Messages of Remembrance

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  • Kitt and I bookended the starboard side in bow seat and 7 seat and I could feel her rhythm from the bow all the way through the boat, even sitting 6 seats away. I am so grateful to have rowed, lived, worked, sang, played, adventured and laughed with Kitt.

    Nicola Hahn (Hatfield), long time friend and teammate
  • I'm very grateful to have access to this recording. She was a great woman, a fabulous singer, and had a god awful sense of humor. She once sent me an email saying, "Today is national Good Looking Persons' Day. Pass this on to someone you know who looks amazing. Don't send it back to me though, I've gotten fucking hundreds." Love her guts.

    Rob Weitemeyer, old pal
List of Donors
All Donors
  • Samantha Wong-Merrick and Athan Merrick

  • Geoff Hodgson

  • Kitts Fan Club

  • Richard Cotter

  • Heather Mandoli Alschuler

  • Nicola Hahn (Hatfield) and Neil Hahn

  • Jan Griffin

  • Ava Storey

  • Caitlin Meredith

  • Kristina Koller

  • Anonymous Donation

  • Sarah Wilson

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