“It could have been any of us.” I was not the only one saying these words upon hearing of Wendy Ladner-Beaudry’s tragic death on April 3 in the Pacific Spirit Park. Although I did not know Wendy personally, the story of her murder touched me profoundly. I have been running on the trails of this beautiful green space that surrounds the University of British Columbia for the past 15 years. Often I ran by myself and felt safe. I loved being alone amongst the majestic trees, soft trails and fresh air; this was a sacred place for me.
Yesterday, I attended a walk/run in the Pacific Spirit Park that was held to honour the memory of Wendy Ladner-Beaudry. It was a very moving event and I was so pleased to be amongst the ranks of community members taking back this beautiful park. Over 1000 runners and walkers participated.
Before I heard about this event, I had thought to organise a similar run/walk. One of the only ways we can overcome the dibiltating effects of fear is by joining together as a community to take back our park. If there is anyone who missed the first run or if you would like to come out for another, please join us at SW Marine Drive & Camosun St. at 5:30pm on Friday, April 17 for a run and walk in the park. For more information contact me reblack(at)gmail.com