Kirstin Rae Sutherland was born to Laurie and Rick on July 17, 1987 in Selkirk, MB.
Even as a young girl, she loved taking care of her younger sister and cousins, and she went on to obtain her Early Childhood Educator certificate from Red River in adulthood. She loved her job and was passionate about caring for and educating young children.
Tragically, on September 5, 2014, Kirstin was killed by an impaired driver and taken from us forever. However, in our grief, the idea for a charity walk in Kirstin's name was born.
Early childhood education is incredibly important to a child's development. Johns Hopkins University states that "the human brain develops the vast majority of its neurons, and is at its most receptive to learning, between birth and three years of age."
Adequate stimulation of young minds is directly proportional to how they learn and function in later childhood, adolescence and adulthood. And even a small endowment to a childcare facility can make a world of difference for educators and children.
And so, in Kirstin's memory, we strive to help those whose ambitious it is, like Kirstin, to help mold and influence young minds, and to give children the best possible start in life!