Monday, April 6, 2009

Runner Slain in Vancouver

Wendy Ladner-Beaudry, a mother of two children, was killed while out for a daily run in Vancouver's West End on Friday morning (go here).The police are not releasing any information except to say that it appears she was attacked from behind. Her bloodied body was found by hikers later the same day. She was running along a trail in Pacific Spirit Park which winds through some of Vancouver's most valuable real-estate. Those of you who know Vancouver can appreciate the lure of these beautiful trails lined with 500 year old cedar trees.
Wendy was very active in the world of sport and most recently was involved with spearheading an organization which encourages women immigrants from Africa to become more involved in fitness programs. Wendy believed if she could get low-income mothers involved in sports they would be more inclined to encourage their children to follow their example. Wendy was 53 years old. Sounds like the world lost another good soul.
She didn't tell me how to live; she lived, and let me watch her do it.
Clarence Budington Kelland
Be careful out there. Be smart, but don't be fearful.
:>( M
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