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January 01, 2020

A message from Alison

Words cannot express the gratitude, support and love that we have recieved with the passing of our beautiful Amy.

 

I wanted the world to know how special Amy is to us and was going to add to this obituary but the incredible stories and photos say it all far better than I can.

 

Thank you for your kindess to my girl in life and death. I knew she was destined for greatness from the day she was born. The way she has touched and changed all of our lives and the lives of the people who now have a new lease on life because of her death proves how great that life was.

 

She will forever be in our hearts, Alison Gilbert

January 01, 2020

Maria Gilbert

My one and only...Amy <3

 

I'm pretty sure I could write a novel about this amazing person and still not be finished. Amy was the kind of cousin that would go through everything with me. Growing up.. Everytime I was with her we spent countless hours doing each other's hair. She was a trooper... Letting a 6 year old do her hair! (It was a disaster). But it sure was fun... And an ADVENTURE!

 

Being vegetarian as well we spent lots of time cooking and sharing recipes!!! Which I did LOVE! Amy always filled my heart with such joy and warmth the moment she walked into a room. Nothing made me feel better as a kid than a good Amy hug which then turned into a massive tickle fight. It's moment like those that I shall remember for the rest of my life. She was not only a cousin to me... but a sister-figure. Amy taught me to love myself for who I am... and she inspired me like no other person has. When I look up at the stars at nightI will be reminded of the bright young woman she was, and I will cherish our memories together for a lifetime.

 

I love you so much sweet Amy<3 XOXO

Maria Gilbert

January 01, 2020

Kayla Prokopchuk

Amy was my best friend. She was an amazing friend and she had the biggest heart. She loved nature and its simplicity, and it reminds me of her.

 

She had such a beauty about her that was simple and elegant, she was beautiful inside and out. She loved being outdoors and she loved her friends and family and anyone who walked into her life.

 

We were going to celebrate 15 years of being friends in 2015. Amy was adiment about going to Hawaii with all our friends. We had so many plans in the future and she will be by my side forever. She will help me through everything in life even though she is not physically here.  I will never let her go.  She was so smart. She would tell me the most random facts and be so interested in what she was telling me. She had a passion for everything she did and she loved. She loved whole heartedly and she was so open. I wish you were here right now holding my hand as it want to be laying in a field with you, holding yours.

 

You will forever be in my heart and I will love you always. I could write a novel for you, Amy, you are so special to me and everyone that you met. I couldn't have met a more kind or sweet girl to have as my best friend.

 

I love you. - Kayla <3

January 01, 2020

Alex Gilbert

My dearest Amy, I will never forget all those years we spent constantly bickering and fighting. You were always such a nag to me as a little kid haha..dressing me up in women's clothing (which I secretly probably enjoyed), smacking me with various objects, and exposing me to gross vegetarian hot dogs! Eventually we got over our childish differences and you became my best friend growing up. We did the weirdest things and had no care in the world, all we wanted was to have a laugh. Whether it was soaping up inside to go shower in the rain or stuffing balloons in our shirts to make it look..well you get the picture; we always found ways to have fun.

 

I will hold these memories of you in my heart forever Amy.

 

Love, your annoying cousin Alex

January 01, 2020

Bailey Wall

Amy is and always will be my soulmate. We have been sisters for the majority of our lives, through marriage. Then at the age of eighteen, a spontaneous backpacking adventure, completely unthought out, and a small town named San Juan del Sur brought us together like never before. And we fell in love. We were no longer sisters through marriage. We declared ourselves eachothers soulmates. Blood sisters. Which, Amy tried to take to a literal level one drunken night. She was crazy. In the absolute best kind of way. There is not one tiny little detail of my life that Amy didn't know. I could tell her everything, and anything. No matter how awful. And, I did. Then we would laugh. Laugh until the problems disappeared. She was something special. Something unique. The type of treasure you didn't know you had discovered the first time you met her. She could be quiet, and reserved. You quickly realized that she is anything but. Her soul was so passionate, deep and inspiring. Her laugh was infectious. Her humour was unparalleled. And she was weird. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

 

There is no person in this world as beautiful as Amy Gilbert. My pinky will forever be locked with yours, for the rest of my life.

January 01, 2020

Lauren Madden

Sweet Amy, How do I even begin? You came into our family 3 years ago, but it feels like you've always been here. I love you and thank you so much for making my brother Graham so happy. You were his world and I cannot express how grateful I am for that. You will forever be a part of our family and live forever in our hearts. You are the sunniest, most selfless soul I have had the pleasure of meeting. I miss and love you sweet Amy.

Lauren Madden

January 01, 2020

Brian Wall

A song for Amy

We gather emotions of all kinds from the music we surround ourselves with. We have been made wonderfully to celebrate life with music. Alison will attest that I am often guilty of expressing my love through the words others have written and performed in song. When I hear something that particularly moves me and reminds me of my love, I often send it to Alison as a poem when she is working, or in a card or as a picture. Bailey and Brooklyn have also received such a token of my love. Amy waited patiently for hers. It is never too late to express love.

 

Amy all I ever wanted to do was to love you. You have a father and I never wanted nor could I replace that; all I ever wanted was to be Dad to you. So, Amy here is my song to you:

 

I’m not a perfect person

There’s many things I wish I didn’t do

But I continue learning

I never meant to say those things to you

And so I have to say before you go

 

That I just want you to know I’ve found a reason for me

To change who I used to be

A reason to start over new

And the reason is you

 

I’m sorry that I hurt you

It’s something I must live with everyday

And all the pain I put you through

I wish that I could take it all away

And be the one who catches all your tears

That’s why I need you to hear

 

I’ve found a reason for me

To change who I used to be

A reason to start over new

And the reason is you

 

I’m not a perfect person

I never meant to say those things to you

And so I have to say before you go

That I just want you to know I’ve found a reason to show

A side of me you didn’t know

A reason for all that I do

And the reason is you.

 

Love, Dad.

January 01, 2020

Kaitlin Livingston

Amy and I attended a few of the same gatherings in high school, but didn't really get to know each other all that well. All I knew was she was beautiful, and funny. Never did I think Amy would play a big role in my life until a couple years later. Through our mutual friend Kayla, Amy and I started hanging out and getting to know each other. Beautiful, funny, smart, talented, and what a passion for life. Amy had such an appreciation for nature.

 

Only recently did Amy and I become co workers at Stella's. Every shift I had with her was greeted and finished with a hug. We would have dinner dates, or desert dates, Nice chats on our car ride home together. Amy thank you for being such a bright star in my life! You became my close close friend. Thanks for letting me vent to you, laugh with you, cry with you. You have left a huge mark on my life. Our plans of moving in together, and celebrating our friendship in Hawaii will still happen, because I know you'll be right there with Kayla and I. Every step.

 

Your love for life and appreciation for everything will forever live on with all of us.

 

I love and miss you so much Amy!

 

Kaitlin Livingston

January 01, 2020

Christopher gilbert

My amazing cousin Amy, you and I had our differences but we always got along even if it was when I beat you at cards every time at the cottage. I will always remember how I would always try and convince you to like meat especially fish and you would never agree to it. We always would go running through the forest and walk down the paths at the cottage together, we would pick berries with grandma and grandpa or go jumping off the dock on May long weekend. You helped me though a lot when I was younger especially when I had anger issues you were always there to help me get through it and I will always be grateful for that. I will always remember these memories and always remember you Amy, I love you so much and I will miss you forever.

 

You will forever be in my heart.

 

Love your cousin, Christopher.

January 01, 2020

Auntie Shar

Fort Frances, ON

Oh sweet Amy. You first came bounding into my life when you were just a small child, all full of energy and adventure. So it's not at all surprising to me to read the many memories of others, who also shared in these delightful parts of you. It seems you just got taller, lovelier, and even (if possible) more tender-hearted and kind as the years passed by. I will remember with great love, our long walks along the power lines at the cabin, stopping of course to spot and comment on every flower, tree, or little creature along the way. With Sparky nipping at our heels. And watching you leap of your grandma and grandpa's dock with such joy! Or squealing at top volume as your raced around inside the cabin on a rainy day. Oh, and of course, how we would sneak into grandma's baking for the two of us in between meals. You grew to be such an incredible young woman, and even though we were not able to spend as much time together in recent years, I was so happy to hear updates about your latest travels and escapades.

 

You are so terribly missed, and clearly, so deeply loved by so many. I love you with all my heart, precious girl. Rest now, we will never ever forget you. xo

 

Auntie Shar

January 01, 2020

Michelle Gillespie

Vancouver, BC

Amy had the sweetest voice. But her sweet voice was misleading: that girl had a will of steel. I’ve known her for 11 lucky years. We started off as friends in the 8th grade—awkward and silly. I remember the secret meaning that we shared about songs and the endless laughs that we had at our own expense. Amy wasn’t always happy when we were in high school. She was a very, very thoughtful soul. Behind those kind blue eyes and deep red blush, Amy had a strong mind and heart. Because of that teenage struggle, Amy blossomed as a young woman. She had deep, unshakable convictions and a strong moral compass; her happiness had become infectious. She knew of the value and the meaning of her studies and her work with the experimental lakes area (ELA). She was not mistaken. This world has benefitted from her heart, mind, and sweat. Not only was she committed to advocating for the health of our lakes, Amy also cared deeply for animals and lived a life of love, thoughtfulness, and compassion. However, Amy’s love extended beyond animals. She was profoundly kind to all of us. Amy was crazy about her friends and family; she was also overwhelmed with love for her boyfriend. I choose to remember Amy as she was last Christmas. She had a strikingly adorable-yet-sophisticated bob that suited her in every way. It was -37 and a blizzard (it was so snowy you couldn’t walk on the sidewalks!) and she took a bus to see me at the Forks and eat sub-par-at-best Beachcomber food. I remember vividly thinking that Amy had really grown into herself and that I was having such a good time and wanted to see more of her. We talked about visiting together this summer. I felt that we had so many common interests and I regretted not seeing more of her. As the night went on, we kept finding ways to extend our visit. After sitting at the restaurant for far too long to be polite, we went to get tea. I will cherish that time forever. I will never forget or stop missing Amy Gilbert. Friends forever—from the day of trying to figure out how to deal with boys and periods—to trying to figure out how to live meaningful lives and be good, responsible people. I love you Amy. You may be gone in the flesh but you will never leave our hearts and memories.

 

You will forever be in my heart.

January 01, 2020

Lindsay Furtado

Ottawa, Ontario

I only had a short chance to get to know Amy during the summer of 2012. We were both working at the ELA and I immediately was drawn to her care-free spirit, caring nature, and strong will to stand up for what she believed in. Amy was the girl I could sit around the fire with and talk about life stories, boys, ambitions, and embarrasing moments as if I had known her forever. I loved our yoga nights, morning swims, dance parties, and political rants against Stephen Harper. I did not have the pleasure to know the family and friends closest to Amy but I just want you to know that my deepest condolances go out to you. You will never be forgotten Amy!

January 01, 2020

Mimi Vu

I've known Amy for a short period of time at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). My dream came true when I went to ELA in the summertime 2012 for a week and Amy was the first person who greeted me at DFO. She was telling me about how long the car ride was going to be (4 hours), what to expect at ELA, etc etc. I was really nervous since I didn't know anyone in the car (there were 8 of us), but Amy was kind and soooo joyful. She made the car ride more easier for me and I got even more excited from what she told me about ELA (eg: yoga, berry picking, swimming). We had great passion for the work of science, wanting to make a difference somehow in the world. It was a difficult time for many of us at the time I met her, due to the chain of events that occurred regarding the future of ELA, but she was always so hopeful and optimistic. I'll never forget our conversations we had during those 4 hour rides back and forth.

 

To Amy's family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss.

January 01, 2020

Irina Moeglen

Amy, You truly have changed my life in a permanent way. Without you, I would not have met Justin. You amaze me with your work ethic, your kindness, your intelligence and your sense of humour. The memories i have of you are beautiful. You gave and received friendship that was genuine and loving. You made me feel like part of a new family, one that I chose for myself and one that I have appreciated everyday. You've made so many plans Amy. We were going to have a commune together, a farm, gardens, babies! We were going to move in with Kayla this summer, go to Montreal. You had so many friends, people that loved you. I don't know how you had time for it all, but you did, and you did it all with a genuine kindness and a beautiful smile. You're my soul sister I wish I could have spent more time with, but you'll be with me when I build that house, plant my gardens and have those babies we talked so much about.

 

So much love for you Amy, it's truly humbling.

January 01, 2020

Hollie Swart

Amy, how do I even begin. Ive known you for only four months and I feel such an emmense sadness that youre gone. I think to when we first met and how you grew into our family at work. So much positivity, so much light and energy. Everyone loved you instantly, how could they not. Kayla Prokopchuk, how can I ever thank you for introducing me to this incredible human being? Reading everyone's comments and posts about amy are so heartwarming. Though I may not have known amy that long, I know that through all of your posts and speaking to you over the past few days, she has had the same, and even stroger impact on your lives.

 

My heart aches, For you and for amy. Her love and compassion saw no bounds. Amy found beauty in the simplest things, and was passionate for what she belived in. She will live on through the beauty of nature and light.

 

I, we, everyone, will always love you Amy.

January 01, 2020

Sherry Sobey

I first met our angel Amy at the age of 15 years. After a young relationship ended with my eldest son, ours began. I felt a connection with her instantly and knew she was someone special. For someone so young, she had great wisdom and understanding of this world. Amy came into my life for a reason, or multiple reason that I could offer, but all I know for sure is that she left an imprint on my heart that will always remain. I loved Amy as if she was my own, and will cherish the memories I am privileged to have of our time together.

 

You may be gone now from this world Amy, but you could never be forgotten. xo

January 01, 2020

Lee Hrenchuk

I worked with Amy at the Experimental Lakes Area during the field seasons of 2011 and 2012. In 2011 she arrived at ELA in September after the majority of the students had gone home for the season. My first impression was that she was cheerful, nice, interesting and very quiet and shy. She came out of her shell a little more over the season, but if you had asked me to describe her at the end of that year, I would definitely have said “quiet”. The next season, Amy came back to ELA and had everybody saying “who’s that girl?!” On top of being cheerful, nice, and interesting, she had grown into this outgoing, funny, confident girl. I think this “new” Amy was probably always in there, but it was neat to see her become more comfortable at ELA. Amy was such a ray of sunshine, a natural beauty with a positive outlook, and she will be greatly missed. To Amy's family: I just can't believe it, and I am so very sorry for your loss. Amy was a wonderful addition to the ELA family, and will be missed by everyone she spent time with.

January 01, 2020

Marsha Friesen

Loving our children

I am so sorry to hear of your sudden loss of your beautiful daughter and sister, Amy. In my own way, I understand some of what you are going through. I have thought of you and prayed for you many times each day, and I will continue to do that. I care very much about you, I feel sad for you, and I would love to do anything I can to help you.

 

With much love and prayer, Marsha

January 01, 2020

Cheryl, Paul, Paige & Erin Madden

Forever in our Hearts and Will Never Be Forgotten...

We were privileged to meet Amy 3 years ago and she very quickly became a member of the Madden family. It is our honor to consider her to be our sister, niece, cousin and grandaughter and most of all our friend. She left a permanent mark on everyone with her enthusiasm and kindness. Her spirit and energy were like a ray of sunshine. She was always willing to help with cat/house sitting, making gluten free treats and was an ear to listen to you when you needed her. She was a ball of energy and was involved in so many things and it seemed like she was trying to pack many lives into one life time. There were so many things that she didn't have time to do and plans that we didn't have a chance to complete but we are very grateful for the time we did have with her. As those who are left to go on without her, please make sure to do as many things as possible from the "to do list" that Amy talked about or you had planned. I know she will be there in spirit with her brilliant smile.

 

We love you Amy...We will never forget you Cheryl, Paul, Paige & Erin Madden

January 01, 2020

Paige Madden

Amy, there aren't enough words in the world to say what you meant to me. You were such a great friend, and considered you as a part of our family, and for the 3 years that I've known you, and it feels like we have been friends forever. I will miss our long conversations about traveling and plans for the future over our after class Sushi and Stella's lunches, as well as the time we would try to 'study' but we would end up talking the whole time and we didn't get any work done. You will forever be in my heart, and I know I will be in yours as well. I know that everyday you are watching over me and smiling, and one day we will see each other again.

 

I love you my dearest friend.

January 01, 2020

Sara

The first time I met Amy was in a very cold train filled with candy. I was told to teach her the ways of Sugar Mountain. She was a brilliant girl and soon had mastered the art of all things sweet and delicious. We quickly became friends.

 

Throughout the six years, or so, that we worked together we spent countless hours talking, either in the store or on the phone, about everything and anything; from 'Gilmore Girls' and 'The After Show', to where we both wanted to travel to, and then there were also the times I’d try to convince her to show me some of her hidden Celtic dancing skills. She was by far the best person that I've ever worked with, the best co-manager I could ever have asked for, and an amazing, sunshiny person. I am so happy to have known her, and I will never forget the wonderful person that she was. She's left nothing but good, fun and hilarious memories behind for me to remember her by.

January 01, 2020

Kelly Keith

So many wonderful things have been said about Amy in the last few days, there’s little left that I can add. It doesn’t surprise me in the least that she touched so many people in so many special ways. She was truly a beautiful person, inside and out, and her gorgeous smile was infectious as was her enthusiasm for life. How could you not fall in love with her?

 

I think one of Amy’s strongest character traits was that she cared so much. She sincerely cared about people, the environment, and animals. Her heart was huge and she had room in it for everything. She went all the way to New Zealand to help the environment and she fell in love with the Experimental Lakes Area. I admired her commitment. She packed a lot in to her much too short life. I loved her adventurous spirit; taking after her mom, she’d already traveled more than many people will ever do. She worked so many jobs while going to school; sometimes it was hard to keep up! Yet, she clearly still managed to find time for family and her abundance of friends. Most of my get-togethers with Amy and Alison revolved around theatre or the ballet. Amy had great cultural taste from a very young age. We three shared a love for Jane Austen and other authors of that genre. I feel fortunate to be one of the many people that she touched. My greatest wish is that I could have spent more time with her.

 

I’ll love you always and forever, Amy Jordan.

 

“Auntie Kelly”

January 01, 2020

Mitch Kredentser

In the brief couple months we spent working together at Stella's Cafe, I was astounded by Amy's unshakable positivity and optimism along with her unending warmth, humility, and compassion. She never had an "off" day - or if she did, it never affected her interactions with others. Quick to laugh and smile, she always carried herself with an unassuming grace and confidence that you could not help but notice, respect, and admire. Simply a beautiful person inside and out, I'm so happy to have known you, Amy, and to have been able to share in some of the laughter and joy that you and your amazing friends constantly inspired and will continue to inspire in the world.

January 01, 2020

Amy Berkman

I knew Amy for a short time in New Zealand - we quickly became friends while volunteering together and then traveled together after our time volunteering. Amy was 18 at the time. I remember being so impressed by her maturity, knowledge, courage, and deep sense of awe and appreciation for the world. I was 5 years older than Amy but even at 18 she was far wiser, braver, and more well-traveled than I will ever be. I never told her this, but she inspired me to step off of the educational track that I was on and think about what it was I really wanted to do and how I really wanted to live in the world. Thank you, Amy.

 

One of my favorite memories was when we were doing some hiking/exploring around a glacier town in the south island. We found a cave in the morning but did not have a flashlight, so decided we would get flashlights and return to the cave later in the day. I was nervous and would have been happy to not come back, but Amy insisted we try it. It ended up being beautiful and is one of the many times in a few short months that Amy pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone. Reading about the ways in which she touched so many lives is inspiring. I am thinking about all of her family and friends.

January 01, 2020

Bria Palendat

Amy was the most beautiful person I will ever know. Anybody who knew her would agree. She was selfless, kind, sweet, and just all around an absolutely beautiful person. I will never forget the simple things, like laying in the grass and laughing with her for hours on end about absolutely nothing. She could make anybody laugh, at any time. Amy could lift everybody up, and make you forget your problems. She was passionate about everything she spoke of, and she had the biggest heart of anybody I know. I know that girl is somewhere smiling down on all of us right now, wishing she was here to take away all of the pain. You are so loved Amy Gilbert, and you will be so incredibly missed. Keep changing the world up there. <3

January 01, 2020

Matthew Rempel

Victoria, British Columbia

I met Amy in Nicaragua while I was backpacking Central America. I didn't know Amy for years or even months but there is something about time when you travel, it doesn't seem to exist under the same laws as back home, days seem like weeks; weeks seem like months. Life just happens so fast. We spent nights drinking flora de cana and nursing the decisions made the night before by watching marathons of entourage. From dancing under thunder and lighting in huge downpours of warm tropical storms while the streets flooded though out town. Or mellow nights on a balcony over the city with guitars and songs until the sun rose over the sea. There were evenings full of shenanigans, including furniture jenga on people who are “sleeping” on the beach. There have been many people and faces around the world, some blur over time but Amy’s smile is crystal clear still to this day. These memories will be cherished forever.

January 01, 2020

Neil Fogg

It was back in May 2012 when I got word that I would be able to head back to the ELA to help run the hydrology program. Things in 2012, however would be a little bit different. In my previous years (2006, 2007 and 2009) I was a co-op summer student assisting the hydrology program manager at the time, Ken Beaty. And as I said, 2012 was to be different. I was told that I was now, without much supervision, to run the program for the summer field season while a new program manager was found. To add to this, I was also told that I would be supervising a summer student of my own. This to me was a lot to take in. In all of my work life I had always been supervised, I was never the one supervising. All things considered, to say I was nervous would be a bit of an understatement. I was told that my student's name was Amy and that she had worked at the ELA the previous year. I had no idea what to expect.I remember the first day I met her. Which mostly consisted of the 5 hour drive out to the ELA, and well if you don't know someone, it can be a bit awkward. Amy from the get-go was a warm, charming, and welcoming young women. Awkward it was not. As we worked together I found out quickly that she was very bright, and although we both knew her calling wasn't necessarily hydrology she worked very hard and remained enthusiastic throughout the summer. She always was keen to learn, listened with full attention and was someone I could easily rely on and respect. Her sense of humor and kindness was so welcomed by everyone but more importantly made the sometimes tough field days so much easier. I will not forget how her smile and laugh was so infectious and no one could be in a bad mood around her. I also found that her smile and kindness was not reserved but always available to anyone... including the many plants, animals and nature available to her at the ELA. By the end of the summer Amy was far more of a friend than a summer student. I do not know how I would have been able to accomplish the field season without her. The random bump-ins that occurred after that summer were always full of the great memories and laughs we shared with the people at the ELA. I genuinely feel privileged to have spent a bit of time with Amy in a life that was cut too short.

 

I am thankful to have been able to call her my "Hydrology Buddy" and my friend.

 

My sincere condolences, Neil Fogg

January 01, 2020

Sarah Chappellaz

The blanket

I worked with Amy at ELA during one fall and the following summer. I didn't know her well, but got a good vibe from her. You knew she was a good egg from the bright smile she'd flash you and the fact that she knit. The first fall she pulled out this bag with a blanket she started to knit for her beau. She'd slowly work away on it; knitting in her lap and cup of tea beside her. The intention was to finish it by Christmas. When I saw it the next summer I knew it was belated Christmas gift, but well worth the wait. She poured herself into her project. Amy, like the blanket she knitted, had a certain warmth. She had an enthusiasm or zeal for what she did (whether it be knitting, her work, her friends and family).

 

Amywas a lovely girl and will be sorely missed. I want to extend my deepest condolences to her family and friends for their loss.

January 01, 2020

Anonymous

I didn't know Amy, but out of respect to her family I would love to offer kind words. I drove by Broadway Saturday night and was upset to find out what had happened. I instantly looked at my boyfriend and said, "please just pray for whom ever this is". I am deeply sorry for your loss and I pray that everyone who knew Amy can find strength in one another. May her memory live on for ever and ever.. I will contiune to pray for her family in this time of grief. Loosing someone is never easy and I pray that as each day passes God blesses you with that extra bit of strength. She looks like such a beauitful soul in all her pictures!

 

God bless and rest in paradise Amy!

January 01, 2020

Sandy Skrumeda

My deepest heartfelt condolences

Alison, Brian, and Family. I am deeply saddened by the news of Amy's tragic passing. My heart goes out to you. There are no words that can lessen your pain during this difficult time. May you find the strength you need to overcome this tragic loss. Amy had become a beautiful young woman. Hold the best memories closest to your heart. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Sandy Skrumeda

January 01, 2020

Dr. Sylvie Albert

Loss of a wonderful student...

Please accept our sincere condolences for the tragic loss of Amy. We will remember her as a dedicated student who proudly represented herself and the University of Winnipeg in her coop placement at Experimental Lakes Area and in everything that she did. Amy would have been the kind of alumni that we feature as a success story and a beacon to others.

 

Our thoughts are humbly with her family and loved ones.

 

Dean, Faculty of Business & Economics, & PACE University of Winnipeg.

January 01, 2020

Dave Barber

Amy Gilbert worked for us here at the Cinematheque box office. All of the staff had many great conversations and enjoyed working with her. I remember talking to her about movies, working at Stella's and the line up of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Hard working and conscientious, a sweeter girl you would never find. We will miss her.

 

Say a prayer for Amy and be kind to someone today.

 

Dave Barber

January 01, 2020

Alex Wall

I met Amy for the first time at the Experimental Lakes Area. She was always positive and kind. It was contagious...being around her you were immediately in a good mood. Although shy at first, she quickly became engaged with the scientific/social atmosphere at ELA and truly loved that place.

 

I am honoured to have known her and she will be forever missed. My heart goes out to all her family and friends, which I know are many.

January 01, 2020

Anonymous

I live right at the corner of Donald and Broadway. I've been thinking about the accident since it happened and my heart broke yesterday when I saw the flowers on the boulevard. I am so sorry for your loss. I don't know Amy - I have no stories or memories to share, but please know that the community is thinking about her and her family. What a tragedy.

January 01, 2020

Mrs. Wiens

I never knew Amy but just wanted to say I am so sorry for all of your loss.... I have 3 girls and could never imagine the heart felt sorrow your all feeling !! Heaven is receiving another beautiful Angel.....

 

RIP Amy

 

Mrs. Wiens

January 01, 2020

James Currie

I am writing in my role as Dean of Science at The University of Winnipeg. I have been following Amy's career since 2011 when she became one of our first Science co-op students. I have heard nothing but good about Amy.

 

To quote one of her co-op assessments: "Amy is personable, a quick learner, and highly competent - a real pleasure to work with." I was shocked and saddened to learn of her passing.

 

My thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to her family and friends.

January 01, 2020

Lisa Belanger

I am so sorry for your loss.  Sending you thoughts of peace, love and strength.

 

Lisa Belanger

 

January 01, 2020

Mike Houvardas

Alison and Brian, the deepest condolences from my wife Angie and myself. Our hearts are saddened by your loss and we pray that God will give you strength & courage at this difficult time.

 

May her memory be eternal.

January 01, 2020

Carolyn Bensky Campeau

Alison, it's been over 20 years since we last spoke but I remember so well the day Amy was born and how proud you were of her. I was so shocked to read what happened and my thoughts are with you and your family during this incredibly difficult time.

 

Carolyn Campeau

January 01, 2020

Arnie

I never knew Amy. I heard on the news what happened. My sister passed away 3 weeks ago and I wish I could say something that would help in your grief. But like anyone that has gone through this kind of loss there really isn't. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I hope one day you can think back about the great times with Amy and smile knowing you had this wonderful person in your life.

 

My sincere condolences go out to her family and friends...

January 01, 2020

Melanie Geergat

Childhood Memories

I went to Ecole Robert Browning with Amy, but moved away with my family after grade 5, and lost touch with many of my Winnipeg friends, Amy included. I remember at my one birthday having a cake fight, and that cake got all tangled up in Amy's long hair and she left my place a total mess. I also remember her love for dolphins and whales, and particularly remember her favorite shirt that she used to wear that was different shades of blue with a dolphin on it. After hearing of Amy's passing I looked her up online, and was happy to see that she was pursuing her childhood goal of marine biology. It seems that as much as people change and grow, Amy knew where her values lay. I'm terribly sorry for your loss, I hope you're able to make peace with it some day.

January 01, 2020

Jude Zieske

Our hearts go out to you

Brian and Alison, may Amy's spirit live on in the sun and stars, water and land that she so loved.

 

Rick and Jude Zieske

January 01, 2020

April Saurette

You'll always be in my thoughts...

Amy, you were taken from this world way too soon, but the impact you left was everlasting. Twelve years of friendship was not nearly long enough. Amy you are intelligent, compassionate, brilliant, hilariously crazy, fearless, stubborn, brave, resilient, and passionate in every aspect of your life. Your infectious smile would light up every room. I looked up to you; you guided me and affected me in every way. Amy was going to change the world, and fought hard to bring awareness to every cause that inspired her. She would pick up and recycle any garbage she found. When we worked together at Sugar Mountain, she insisted on collecting all the candy boxes to recycle on her way home from work. Her work with ELA was very important to her; lake 626 was her favorite place. She planned to spend the summer in Ontario working for ELA, and she was convinced she would bike to work every day. It was roughly 65 kms, which to anyone else would seem daunting, but for Amy it was nothing: she biked everywhere.

 

She was a strong advocate for all things living. Amy felt so strongly about conserving water she went through a phase of seldomly showering, and when she did it was out of a bucket! From the moment I met Amy, she was ready to get married and start a family. Even at 14 years old, she tried to convince us to go wedding dress shopping... She even had a prop ring and a fake engagement story in case we were questioned by the bridal salon. Once she even showed me a trunk filled with baby clothes, bridal magazines, and items she planned to have in her future home. Last September, for Amy's birthday, we went out to a cabin in Ontario. Amy brought out a pumpkin for "dessert". Ange thought it was a decoration, but Amy made a beautiful pumpkin pie from scratch out of love, sweat, and a single long, blonde Amy hair. Despite that, Amy was a great cook. Amy's friendship was and still is a sanctuary. She was always there when I needed her; she would make all my problems disappear. She encouraged and helped me navigate the vegetarian lifestyle. We had a secret handshake. She was my best friend, she was my role model. I miss our walks, our bike rides, our talks, and all of our adventures. Amy wanted a nickname so bad, because according to her she was the only one that didn't have one. So I called her "Nature Valley" because she's so granola. Amy I will always love you. I miss you so much it hurts to breathe.

 

P.S. Thanks for walking in blizzards with me

January 01, 2020

Lynn Palendat

Allison, Brian , Bailey , Brooklyn and Graham...I have thought and rehearsed over and over again...reading these beautiful thoughts and sentiments...we didn't know Amy well but very quickly realized what a beautiful person she was...so full of life... Simply...there are no words..

January 01, 2020

Joe & Teresa O'Brien & Family

Ireland

To Alison & family & Noel & Family

 

Our deepest sympathies are with you on the sad passing of your daughter Amy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We were fortunate enough to have met her and keep in touch over the past few years. From what we can see she grew up to be a beautiful young woman who lived life to the fullest and her passing will be a tragic loss to all.

 

Our thoughts & love are with you.

 

Love always, Joe & Teresa, her cousins Tara, Clare, Sarah, Ashling & Conor O'Brien xxxx

January 01, 2020

Brittany

I knew Amy on an acquaintance basis - I am a friend of her very close friend Angela. The few times we met I remember her smile.

 

We ran in the Manitoba marathon relay together - she had the leg before mine. I remember waiting anxiously, adrenaline pumping and ready to start. She rounded the corner and it was relieved to see our group number. She looked tired but excited and proud, handed me the belt and wished me luck.

 

I'm shocked and terribly saddened that the world lost an amazing girl and friend, who had so much more to give.

 

As a fellow animal lover a donation has been made in Amy's name to the Winnipeg Humane Society. If there's something beyond this world we know, she will be there and her work isn't done.

January 01, 2020

Tamy Zakowich

Today I sat down at the TV to watch the news and saw a beautiful face of a girl who was so familiar to me, and then I heard her name. What a shock.

 

I have nothing but wonderful memories of Amy. Of the 21 years that I have been a hairstylist I have to admit that Amy has been by far one of my most favourite clients even though I never saw her often. She always had the most beautiful smile and the most amazing spirt. She was not like any child, teen, woman I have ever met. She was always happy and pleasant to spend time with and talk to. She was very easy to talk to and was so very wise beyond her years. I sometimes, actually almost always forgot how old she really was. The smile in all of the pictures posted is exactly as I have always seen her. Allison and Brian, there are no words that I can say to you that will let you know how sorry I am for your loss. Please know that I will be thinking of you and your family during these difficult days to come and I will be thinking of Amy and how much I enjoyed every time I got to spend with her.

January 01, 2020

Anonymous

Every star up in the sky has got yoru name on it tonight.

I didn't know Amy personally, but I had seen her around several times in the downtown area. She was someone I always took note of and remembered. I didn't quite know why, but after reading these beautiful messages from family and friends it all makes sense. I am so sorry for your loss. She seems like a truly beautiful soul, and it is such a shame that this happened. I have no doubt that Amy will live on in the beautiful planet that she loved so much.

 

My thoughts are with all of Amy's loved ones.

January 01, 2020

Amanda Murdock

It has taken me several days to sit down and actually confront the loss of Amy. And even as I write this the reality of her absence is very difficult to confront. The events of the last 5 days will continue to serve as a reminder of how precious life is, the power of friendship, the enduring strength of family and the beloved spirit of a young woman who quite obviously breathed joy and compassion into every facet of her young life. I work at Stella's Cafe on Sherbrook and had the pleasure of seeing Amy several times a week. Amy added our Cafe to her already busy roster only 5 short months ago. I remember asking the girls if they had any friends that might be interested in coming on to our team and Kayla immediately recommended Amy. "You will looooove her, " she stated adamantly. And I did. We all did. When I sat down to interview her she seemed excited and nervous. Full of anticipation. I introduced myself and she responded with that voice...oh that voice! Child-like but yielding to a strength and an eagerness that was unmistakable. She had great eye contact. A gorgeous smile. A graceful disposition. But the thing that struck me the most that first day was her confidence. I asked her several times if she really felt like she was ready for a place like Stella's- "it's a whole different animal," I warned her. She looked me square in the eye and said, "I can handle it. I am ready for a challenge." Months later after a particularly grueling shift she would joke about understanding why I asked that question so many times in my interview. Just a few weeks ago during a particularly trying time at the restaurant I had sat down with Amy, Kayla and Alexa to request some support. If anyone was going to get us out of a morale slump Amy was gonna be leading the charge! Amy poured herself into her work. She was always respectful and kind. Cool as a cucumber in the midst of the chaos. Even when Amy wanted to express her thoughts or feelings about work or her co-workers she did it in the most kind way. Her "criticisms" could have been mistaken for accolades! She could never find a bad thing to say about even the most trying situations. At one point she even requested more shifts because she "liked to stay busy," which I found to be quite admirable coming from a girl that was pursuing her education and already had two other jobs. She loved Generation Green and Cinematheque. Amy clearly walked a path of distinctive values and that was demonstrated in all her choices. Kayla, Kaitlin and Amy became such a huge part of our Stella's family immediately. It is easy to see why they are all friends. These young women are just wonderful human beings. Their laughter, positivity, hard working, patient natures are evident in everything they do. Over the last few days they have shared so much of themselves with me. I feel like I know so much more about Amy now and I am so grateful for that. I want to thank Kayla and Kaitlin, their friends and Amy's family for sharing their hope, their grief and their solidarity with myself and the staff at Stella's. For welcoming us at the hospital. For updating us as the events transpired. For including us in laying flowers at the site. For joining our entire staff on Monday as we came together to remember Amy as our co-worker and our friend. Our new connection to all the people in Amy's life has been instrumental in our own healing and we will continue to honor her memory and support Kayla and Kaitlin as they prepare to say goodbye to their best friend. Amy was the best of us. She was kind, funny, driven and passionate. I think the most remarkable quality about her was her ability to give those parts of herself away so effortlessly. She could affect everyone around her without ever diminishing her capacity to love, seek joy and promote wellness. She allowed everyone who touched her life to take some of that energy and goodwill with them. And she never asked for anything in return. That is why Amy was so special. Amy, we have felt your loss so deeply. We will miss your sweet smile, your hairnet, your humor and your unassuming nature. We will do our best to carry on without you but please know that you will forever be in our thoughts and our hearts. On behalf of all of us at Stella's I want to thank you for you have left us better people than when you found us.

 

Amanda Murdock, General Manager Stella's Cafe & Bakery

January 01, 2020

Janine Brémault Bamford, Curtis Bamford, and Drew Brémault

My husband, Curtis, my son, Drew, and I are so saddened to hear of the loss of Amy's life. We've been away from Winnipeg for just about three years, and so we hadn't had the chance to get to know someone that we know only through the joy that we know she brought to our very good friend, (and quasi-little brother) Graham. We were so happy when we learned that Graham and Amy started seeing each other, and our happiness for him grew when that relationship flourished and endured. We know that he had found someone wonderful, and I can tell from reading her Facebook posts that she found him equally wonderful.

 

We are so grateful to Amy for being such a lovely person who brought so much joy to others, especially to our Graham. In my mind's eye, I can see Graham's face light up as he's saying her name. I know that these memories will serve as sustenance as we celebrate the amazing gift that Amy was to all that she knew.

 

With Love, from Janine, Curtis, and Drew

January 01, 2020

Wayne & Lynn Palendat

We didn't know Amy well, but we consider ourselves most fortunate to have known her at all. You didn't have to know Amy well to realize that she was a very special person.

 

It was readily evident that she was a special gift to all, and we were blessed to have met her. Her loss has saddened us deeply, but her life and her memory left an indelible mark.

January 01, 2020

Marianne Gobeil

Alison, Brian and family My thoughts and prayers are with you all. By reading all of the shared stories.

 

Amy grew to be a beautiful person inside and out and I'm so sorry for your tragic loss.

 

May you find strength in her memory and keep those memories close to your heart.

January 01, 2020

Chris Madden

A Letter to Amy, Dear Sweet Amy

Sadly I did not get to share with you my thoughts and feeling that I have for you, moments missed, and opportunities lost when you were snatched away . All of us left to wonder why. May God cradle you in his arms. You came into my life, arms entangled and holding the hand of my son, Graham Madden. You were beautiful, sparkling bright, delightful, happy, confident and comfortable. These qualities were obvious, as was the smile on Grahams face. Something special had happened that day. I was vaguely aware of it, intangible. Something was now different in my life. Time passes, you make your way effortlessly, further into our lives and our hearts. This "thing ", was more tangible, a feeling now, love for you. Your love for Graham, his love for you. Wow ,,, what a moment when I realized, Amy , you are my new Daughter!!!! Grahams choice, your choice. Sweet Sparkling Amy I so very much approved. Thank you for loving Graham so. for loving his sister, Lauren, his mother, Sandra. Thank you for loving me and my Pretty Lady, Judi, and all the wonderful people in Graham's family and life.

 

AMY You embraced life You embraced all of us and we embraced you; we miss you and love you always;

 

Chris (pop) Madden

 

p.s. my kids sometimes call me "pop" , I was so looking forward to hearing you call me that as well.

January 01, 2020

Chris Hamsey

Sincerest heartfelt condolences to the family. Hold her close in your hearts, and she will be forever with you.

January 01, 2020

Jack & Leila Goods

We are so very sorry to hear of Amy's tragic passing. Our very deepest sympathy to all the family.

January 01, 2020

Kristy

Missing her already...

I miss Amy already. Can't stop thinking about her. Shelley and I both ate imperial cookies in honour of her because she loved them. But while I ate mine I knew that she wouldn't be happy about the food colouring in the icing. She lent me her healthy Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook and I can't wait to make some recipes to honour her again.

 

Amy, I miss swapping onion home remedies with you, laughing with you over the crazy people in the Artspace Building and bugging you about "doing" naked yoga.

 

You will be so missed.

January 01, 2020

Debbie Lewicki

Everyday I log onto this beautiful website and read the incredible stories posted about this truly amazing young lady.

 

Alison, Brian and the entire Gilbert family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss of your beautiful daughter, granddaughter, niece and cousin. It has been many years since I saw Amy but after reading all these beautiful stories and tributes it is easy to see the beautiful, caring and compassionate young lady she became.

 

May the memories provide strength and may Amy`s spirit live on thru all living creatures. It is difficult to know what to say When one so young is taken away. Far too soon to part Her memory will be forever engraved in your hearts. We only knew her for a short while but the life she led made people smile. She was so beautiful and so rare. Life, as they say, isn`t fair. Know that Amy is watching from above and with each ray of sunshine she is sending her love. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

 

Love Debbie Lewicki

January 01, 2020

Jennifer Hern

Amy came into my life a year and a half ago, when Generation Green opened its doors at the Forks. We started out as co-workers but soon became friends. We shared random life stories and the mundane day to day things around the island at work. It’s amazing how quickly you fall in love her. She never tried to be anybody but herself. I definitely felt like I knew her longer, but I think that’s just the feeling you get when you meet such a genuine person like Amy. She cared about everyone who came into her life. She was one of the first people I told I was pregnant. The excitement on her face was priceless! She was so eager to see my growing baby bump (& impatient when it wasn't here yet lol). She volunteered on several occasions to be our babysitter. It was nice to have someone so genuinely excited for my pregnancy, when most of my close friends and family lived in Ontario.

 

Amy enjoyed the simple pleasures in life, and often reminded others of them. That didn't stop her from working hard towards her goals and dreams.

 

Amy, my heart breaks knowing you're not here in this world, but life is good to have known someone like you.

 

I know many of us will carry you in our hearts forever. xoxo

January 01, 2020

Jonathan

Although I write this with sadness in my heart. I can think of nothing but happy thoughts and memories of Amy. Especially when I think of her and Graham, what a bunch of crazy kids. Graham would call her at work, and she would call him too. Instantly you could tell when Graham was talking to her because of his smile, demeanor, and the way she would make him laugh (a dorky laugh)

 

 I'm so happy both were able to experience true love, something that not everyone knows, or experiences. Life is love, and Amy's life was full of giving love to others, the environment, and work, but also receiving SO much love from family, friends, and the world around her.

January 01, 2020

Geoff & Regan Archambault

Our hearts ache for Alison and Brian and for all of Amy's family and friends for what they have had to endure this past week.

 

We had only met Amy once recently, but reading through her blogs and reading all of the stories about her, we definitely missed out on knowing her as she had so much to offer. We know that her memory will live on forever in so many people's hearts as she has touched everyone she came into contact with.

January 01, 2020

Benjamin Horch

Remembering Amy

I consider it an honor to have met Amy one time when she came to visit her mother in our Casana office. In the short time I could easily see how she was a lot like her mother. I have shared the sadness of the story with many of my friends in the USA and her life has touched the hearts of many.

 

Amy has left a heartfelt legacy.

January 01, 2020

Shelley Malo

Sweet, Sweet Amy

I knew Amy from volunteering at Cinematheque. I started volunteering because of my love of the cinema, but kept going because of my time with Amy and Kristy. The three of us girls, in our 20s, 30s and 40s respectively, had the most amazing bond and how I loved our deep and philosophical chats. We had tea and cookies, and talked about life, love and becoming women. How Kristy and I treasured our time with Amy. I need to learn how to make Imperial Cookies so I can bake up a batch when I’m missing her. Here is a little tribute to Amy: Sweet, sweet Amy She was wise beyond her years She lived her life fully and worked through her fears I see her in the box office Sipping water from a jar Cinematheque’s granola girl Her light shone near and far She captivated me with her stories From the heartfelt to the sublime No matter what the subject There was laughter every time And when she spoke of her mother How her eyes would alight You could see she was her hero And brought her such delight A vegetarian and activist she could not hurt a fly She practiced what she believed she didn’t merely try I give thanks that I was blessed And I raise a cup of tea Grateful that she shared Some of her precious time with me I am a better person For having her in my life I know she has taught me to not focus on the strife

 

Sweet, sweet Amy

 

She was wise beyond her years, Her light it shines from above, To wash away our tears