Life is about quality, not quantity. Julia Turner proved to be an example of this during her short but wonderful 15 years, in which she was a loving daughter, sister and great friend to many.
Julia was an active, healthy, teenage girl before being diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor back in May of 2011. It only took a couple months before the tumor took her life on December 23rd 2011. She was an inspiration to many. Giving of herself in many ways, whether it be volunteering at Harvest Kitchen and the Hope Centre by providing hearty meals to people in the community, or even just helping a friend during a difficult time, Julia was known throughout her school years for her kind-heartedness and selflessness. She always put others before herself and befriended everyone. No matter what, Julia treated everyone as an equal.
Julia Turner touched so many lives during her short life, and she became a role model for younger and even older students, especially through her compassion towards others. She was extremely involved with her church, St. Kevin’s parish and she also got involved in school clubs such as Fair Trade and Social Climate, all striving for equality. She was loved by teachers and students throughout the school, and today, we celebrate her life at the Julia Turner Hope Cup, which is held in February. In the previous years, there has been a great turnout as friends and family gather to enjoy hockey games played on the outdoor ice at Chippawa Park. Food and drinks are provided and all the proceeds benefit The Hope Centre.