Lindsay Bolger

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Tributes |


A Community Project to honour women who have enriched our lives

The Ban Righ Centre supports mature women who are starting or returning to education at Queen’s University. In taking this significant step, these women found role models, advocates and inspiration in other women. Then, as they engage in their studies and in their activities beyond Queen’s with friends, family, peers and colleagues, these students effect continual and positive change, extending the reach of their mentors and the Ban Righ Centre. Through “Who Is She?” we honour women who make a difference.

Lindsay Bolger

 Honoured by: Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther DALA

We first met Lindsay Bolger in 2007. She approached us about singing at a fundraising event that she was organizing in support of cancer research. We chatted over Iunch, and I remember being struck by her smile, her grace, her height (Amanda and I are basically leprechauns), and her great sense of humour. She told us about B-Strong, a fundraising initiative she started after being diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in 2005. Lindsay had already undergone multiple surgeries by the time we met her. Still, I remember having to remind myself that she was sick, because you really wouldn’t know it from her megawatt smile.

Lindsay passed away on November 26th, 2009, after battling brain cancer for four years. Just 26 years old, she was courageous to the very end. Amanda and I were among the hundreds of people who attended her funeral. The sense of loss and injustice was palpable in the church. But more powerful than that was the knowledge that we were changed for the better for having known her.