Debbie lost her son to homicide. In the spring of 2012, her beautiful son Joshua had just finished his first year at the Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC. Missing family so much Josh came home to spend his summer break with his family in Calgary.
While out for a night of pool with a few of his friends a verbal altercation ensued with one of them. Later that night that same young man requested a late night meeting with Josh by phone and Josh thinking it was to make things “right” agreed to that meeting. He was then stabbed to death and died alone. That date was August 21, 2012 , three days before he was to return for his second year of University. To say Josh’s death ripped her world apart is an understatement…she will never be the same.
It is what was not available afterwards that gave her the strength and determination to do something! She had nowhere to turn, no one to talk to who simply “got it”.
Her son’s dream and belief was that we can make a difference in this world..one person at a time and Debbie is confident that this Society and Support Group will do just that. Make a difference.
In the summer of 2018, Debbie moved from Calgary to Vancouver Island to be closer to her family, especially her new granddaughter, Norah.