“When I think of her, she was such a bright soul and a really good friend. But also, she loved mentoring students.
When she got the job at SAITSA as the Managing Editor of The Weal, she really enjoyed it because she felt she had gained enough industry experience to come back and help students grow and learn.
And as a writer, she really was making a mark. She had worked for amazing publications like Alberta Views and had been published in Swerve Magazine. She really had a lot of potential …
She died May 27, 2008. Her birthday was July 3, 1977, so she was 30.
I still shake my head and think, ‘Did that really happen?’ I don’t struggle to talk about it now, because I know we have to have these conversations and talk about it and try to support each other.
Things like our Sugar Bowl fundraiser are bittersweet in a lot ways. It can actually be really difficult for some people who go to it, and it might even be difficult for some family members to be part of it because it brings up why we’re doing it — we lost her in a tragic way.
With what we’ve been able to do as her friends and family — to be able to make a foundation in her name — has been extra special to us because, it sounds cliché, but her memory is living on.”
Billie Rae Busby, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, SAIT Trojans | Vice President, Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation
The Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation (AWBMF) was established in the summer of 2008 to honour and preserve the memory of journalist Amber Michelle Bowerman. AWBMF has since raised over $100,000 for emerging journalists and artists, including a bursary that has been funded in perpetuity for SAIT students.
Visit amberbowerman.ca to learn more about the foundation and their annual Sugar Bowl lawn bowling fundraiser.
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