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Kristin Nurkowski

Messages of Remembrance

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I know a legend of a lost god, whose life was saved by a little bunny. In return, the god captured the image of the rabbit and placed it on the moon so that every person on Earth could know about its kindness. I am no goddess, but I was a little lost and lonely when I met you. Having you as a friend has certainly helped me find a way and survive around these foreign lands. I didn´t use to care for bunnies. Now I can´t help thinking of you when I see one. I will always remember all your kindness and sparkling spirit when looking at a full moon and seeing the image of that rabbit on the night sky persisting through time. I encourage everyone to look up to the sky and try to find the silhouette of a rabbit on the moon (there are several ways to see it), think of Kristin when you find it, and she will live forever.

Mariana Pascual, friend
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People come and go in life. It is not the duration of their stay that matter but their impact on you. Some people touch your soul. And Kristin was one of those people. She came into my life and made an indent in my soul that cannot be replaced. She was the wonderful friend who helped me navigate through bad relationships, my cheerleader when I needed encouragements, my confidant and shoulder to cry on when I feel lost. I will miss the way she smiles, her quirkiness and endless curiosities, our postcard exchange and sharing all my silliness with her.

Winnie Cheung, Friend
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Kristin was my dear friend for many years. We talked about Digimon and Animorphs on the playground and made our own elaborate and violent sci-fi series that existed only in our heads, and in high school we endured brutal 5 AM wakeups all for the privilege of playing clarinet in the school band. Kristin had an eye for the weird (myself included) and a unique flair as well as a brilliantly scientific mind; she was a world traveler, and kind to strangers and animals. Miss you always, Kristin.

Blair D, Friend
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Kristin was a true joy to spend time with - a great friend and colleague who always impressed me with her strength of conviction. To me she was the quintessential example of 'work hard, play hard' teaching me meticulous methods in the lab and being the most fun to go out with around Vancouver. She was always so very welcoming and open and I will always cherish our memories from exploring Melbourne and Wilson's Promontory, to getting dim sum in Vancouver, to toiling over long days in the lab. I miss her bright light and am lucky to have called her my friend.

Kim Gilbert, Friend

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