Rebecca Shawn Pollard

April 6, 1995 ~ November 25, 2018

Rebecca Shawn Pollard, beloved daughter of Shawn and Kelly Pollard, passed away in Whitehorse, Yukon on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the age of 23 years.  She had been living with Type 1 Diabetes for one year.

Rebecca was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on April 6, 1995 but had been a Yukoner for the past 14 years. She was a sweet little girl who loved her dollies and dove into any activity she tried with utter delight.  Her compassion shone through even at an early age when she was often the first one to attend to an upset classmate on the playground. 

Becca was passionate about travelling off the beaten path, taking numerous trips around the world with her family and friends.  In March of this year, Rebecca and her parents spent a memorable month together in Vietnam, Cambodia and the Philippines.  Just this past summer, she hiked the Chilkoot Trail with close friends.  Rebecca enjoyed diving, hiking and exploring forests, mountains and lakes.  She regularly proclaimed her adoration for this beautiful planet.  Rebecca treasured animals and could be seen paddle-boarding with her much-loved cat, Lilah, or walking many of the local shelter dogs. She loved children and was a nanny for a family with four children throughout her years at university. She relished spending time with friends and family.

Rebecca was an absolute beacon of light with her caring nature and infectious smile, deeply loved by so many.

Becca received her Bachelor of Nursing Degree at University of Calgary and became a Registered Nurse after passing her National Council Licensure (NCLEX) exam. Some of her placements at university included “Street Nurse” in Calgary and ER Nurse in Qatar.

Becca was working as a Registered Nurse at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre, Department of Justice, and Yukon Government at the time of her passing.

Recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Becca served devotedly on the Board of Directors of the Yukon T1D Support Network. 

Rebecca will be deeply missed and cherished by her adoring parents, Shawn and Kelly, her sisters Sarah (Miguel) of Calgary and Ariel (Colin) of Lethbridge, her brother Mack of Whitehorse, her maternal grandfather, John Ewin of Grande Prairie, her paternal grandparents, Derek and Marge Pollard of Nelson and numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

Rebecca is predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Gayle Ewin.

A Celebration of Rebecca’s life will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Whitehorse United Church at 601 Main St. in Whitehorse with Rev. Bev Brazier officiating, followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Rebecca Pollard may be made to one of the following two charities, which were dear to Rebecca’s heart:

  1. Yukon Type 1 Diabetes Support Network https://www.facebook.com/YukonT1DSupportNetwork/
    To donate by E-transfer, use email yukontypeone@gmail.com
    Question: Who are you donating for?
    Answer: rebeccapollard
  2. Humane Society Yukon https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/humane-society-yukon/ 

6 Comments

  1. Lauren, BJ and Madeleine Carbert

    Although we did not know Rebecca personally, Sarah spoke of her with such love, pride and adoration that we know she was an amazing person. Our hearts are absolutely broken for all of you. This world is a better place having had her in it. Much love to all of you

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  2. Keith & Kimberley (Robichaud) Shaddick

    Kelly, Shawn, Sarah, Ariel and Mack our sincerest and deepest condolences to all of you. Her light certainly shone through because we never knew or met Rebecca but felt her warmth, spirit, beauty and passion flow through her beautiful smile and radiate from her eyes in all her pictures. May God grant you peace and comfort through the times ahead. I know you will hold dear to your hearts and treasure the many precious memories of her. God bless you all.

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  3. Paula Foley

    Dear Kelly and Shawn
    I am so sorry. I can still see your eyes Kelly and the deep pools of your heart … you are a beautiful soul. Shawn you must be a ‘good lad ‘ as is said here in Miramichi . I am sending a big hug.. May love see you and your family through..
    with deepest respect ..
    Paula Foley

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  4. Kim Ewin-Goebel

    You are a shining light and an inspiration to everyone who has known you. Love you, beautiful niece and beautiful cousin. …..Auntie Kim, Uncle Rick, cousins Rachelle, Erika and Shauna.

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  5. Linda Van Pelt & Kailin Van Woron

    Kelly, Shawn and Mack,
    You are held in our minds and hearts as you move through this and the upcoming days. There are friends old and new, near and far that surround you and share in keeping Becca’s memory with and for you. Becca clearly impacted so many lives in a profound way during her years, and her light will continue to burn bright for so many, ourselves included. We celebrate her extraordinary life with you today.

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  6. Sabrina Kinsella

    My sincere condolences to the Pollard family as you deal with this difficult loss.

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