Georgia Klap Memorial Fund

"I find it helpful to maintain an attitude of gratitude and to remember that if it is not enjoyable, it is not sustainable." — Georgia Klap (1990-2013)
"I find it helpful to maintain an attitude of gratitude and to remember that if it is not enjoyable, it is not sustainable." — Georgia Klap

On February 16, 2013 the University of Victoria and the greater Victoria communities were shocked to hear of the tragic death of Georgia Paige Klap, in a house fire along with her two good friends, Emily Morin and Mark Mitchell,.  All three of these young changemakers were active urban farmers, out-spoken proponents of social and environmental issues, and were ready to take on the world. 

All her short life Georgia had a deep thirst for all things participatory and hands-on, including music, sports, outdoor adventures, gardening, and academia.  A Waldorf student growing up, Georgia played in the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, rowed competitively for the Maple Bay Rowing Club, and toured Europe as part of the World as Garden dance troupe.  Georgia was dedicated to making the world a better place.  She attended the International Youth Initiative Program in Sweden, the COP15 Climate Summit in Copenhagen, volunteered at an orphanage in a township in Cape Town, lived in Mexico and Canada and along the way, she “began to comprehend the complexity of sustainability and the challenges and assets to an interconnected global community”.

At UVic Georgia maintained her passion for diversity and curiosity, studying Environmental Studies, Geography, and the Humanities.  She was drawn to experiential learning and was a participant in the Environmental Studies field school, Redfish School of Change, in 2012.  Georgia worked in and maintained a garden plot with her brother Sam in the UVic Campus Community Gardens.

Everyone who knew Georgia was deeply affected by her authenticity, determination, and unbridled love for nature and all living beings.  To honour her life, her compassionate and empathetic nature, her dynamic creativity, and her infectious spirit, a memorial fund is being created in Georgia’s name.  By donating to this Memorial Fund you can support other students to fulfill their dreams of studying in the field and keep the spirit and story of Georgia Klap alive.