It has been hard, but important, to be grateful for what I have, when so much has been taken away.

At first it was difficult to notice the kindness of strangers, and to focus on who was there, instead of who wasn’t. This year, on the anniversary of my daughter’s death, I noticed a rainbow.

And my grand-daughter told me recently that I was her best friend.

Tonight I am watching The Sound of Music. It reminds me of before, of a world of innocence and beauty, of the triumph of light and love and music before the gathering storm. Lights are twinkling on the Christmas tree, and candles are lit next to photographs of my daughter.

I am thankful to a family member for designing the logo for The Guinnevere Project, to my son-in-law for setting up this website, and to my grand-daughter, with all my love.

To all those who loved Guinnevere, thank you.

Special thanks  to my sister Rebekah, Julie, Eva, Donna, Judy, Diane and members in The Homicide Support group, to those loyal friends who came to my daughter’s memorial every year. I am also grateful to BC Bereavement Helpline.

Thank you Guinnevere — for all the years we had together as mom and daughter. Your spirit will always be my true North. May our love be a candle lit

The working group of this project would like to acknowledge the land that we work and live on. These acknowledgements are:

The  traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas.  The traditional unceded homelands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. The traditional homelands of the Anishinaabeg people. The Anishnaabeg include the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy.