Age 27 – it is with shock and deep sadness that we share the news of Katie’s passing on October 16, 2020 as a result of a cardiopulmonary event at Scarborough Grace Hospital, Toronto. Katie is survived by her loving parents Ken McLeod (Bernie) and Debra Edwards (Dan), brothers Trevor (Shireen) and Colin (Chelsey). She is greatly missed by her sweetheart, Andrew Harrison and best friend, Jessica Wintergerst. Remembered with love by grandparents: Jeanne and Peter Edwards and Phyllis McLeod, and many aunts, uncles and cousins, along with her extended Halverson family. A Celebration of Life will be held in the future, when conditions permit.
Katie was a shining example of what a sensitive and caring person can be. She radiated empathy and positivity to all those around her. She loved her family and friends, cats, travel, music, especially Lights and Taylor Swift, decorating, baking, and embroidery. She was the ultimate achiever and had just begun her career, after studying Alternative Dispute Resolution and had already made her mark as an exemplary employee and important part of her team. She was the lead Information Referral Coordinator at the Family Law Information Centre at the Newmarket Court House, as well as the assistant to Dr. Barbara Landau, a world- renowned expert/pioneer in the field of ADR.
Her family is comforted by the knowledge that Katie lives on through her organ donations of her heart, lungs and liver. Memorial donations to a planned memorial garden/city bench (in Broadlands Park and Rosetta McClain Gardens) can be emailed to email@example.com or you may wish to consider the following charities which were meaningful to Katie:
(Katie was a cat lover beyond compare and also worked with the Yellow Brick House organization as part of her job with York Hills). To honour Katie, consider being a blood donor, a volunteer, being kind or doing a good deed. She will forever be in our hearts and never forgotten.
Thank you to the special families in the Parkwoods community where Katie was raised for their support during this difficult time. We are very grateful to the ICU staff at Scarborough Health Network for their heroic efforts and respectful care to our treasured daughter and especially to Sharon Snow of the Trillium Gift of Life Network for her compassionate assistance.
Katie is a hero and you can be too! Please consider registering as an organ donor. https://beadonor.ca/campaign/debra-edwards