Although we live in Ottawa the majority of our family lives in Saskatchewan and as a result, we spend lots of time in the Regina area. The favourite for the kids is the family farm with lots of equipment and animals – Teags always gravitated to the farm cats. It’s amazing how in such a short life Teagan was able to touch every aspect of our lives – her memories are as omnipresent and adorable as she was.
Our last family trip prior to her murder was to Moose Jaw for Great Aunt Elna’s 100th birthday. The juxtaposition of an 8-year-old being murdered shortly after attending a 100th birthday part still strikes me. Sadly this week Great Aunt Elna passed away this week. Collectively they lived for 110 years and the world is a better place for every single one of them.
For Teagan’s brothers, it’s another chapter in understanding death while at the same time realizing how unnatural the passing of their sister was. They have both aged beyond their years as a part of this process but Teagan lives on inside each of them in very visible ways.
On our trip this summer we were very fortunate to meet with the Saskatchewan Child Advocate Corey O’Soup. It’s important that we share the tragedy of Teagan’s killing with the leaders in child protection. We remain focused on systematic transformation within Governments, universal recognition of children’s right and preserving the memory of Teagan.