For Terri Saunders

Terri at work at the Ottawa SUN. 2010

Terri at work at the Ottawa SUN. 2010

I will never forget my friend.
It is very difficult for me to say goodbye to a woman whose charisma could fill the sky, to meet Terri was to love her… I sure did.

We met in the summer of 2000. Terri was hired as an intern at the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder newspaper, where we became fast friends.

Over the next six years, our working relationship gave way to a friendship and a way of collaborating that produced quality content recognized by both the Ontario Newspaper Awards and the biggest honour in Canadian journalism; the National Newspaper Awards.

Terri or T (a nickname I gave her) was given the court beat and often covered politics. She wrote the words and I took the photos.

One of Terri's biggest stories was the Public Inquiry, her work on this subject was published across Canada and the United States. Not bad for a girl from Gander.

Our friendship continued for the next seven years, even after I moved to Sault Sainte Marie. Terri visited and we explored Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Mackinac Island. I visited her in Ottawa countless times as well, we created many adventures and made memories that I will forever cherish.

I am proud of my brilliant friend, and will never forget her laugh, her guidance, and her ability to problem solve anything.

Rest in peace my dear friend.

Much Love,