Giving help in her name
Brad Herron Cochrane Times
It has been more than two years since Lindsay Kimmett died as a seat belted passenger in a single vehicle rollover seconds from her parents’ home north of Cochrane. It was on the long plane ride home from a family vacation that Lindsay could not attend where her parents, Kelly and Dianne Kimmett, wrote her obituary and decided something needed to be done in their daughter’s name. For the young woman whose future glimmered so brightly, it wasn’t enough to be forgotten.
In the immediate moments of grief, Kelly and Dianne, along with their two sons Taylor and Reid, decided to create the Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Memorial Foundation. And it wasn’t until months later that the Kimmetts realized just how impactful their daughter was to people and how much love existed in the community for the family. Even today, donations are still being made by average citizens to the foundation.
The dollars raised, some of which have been placed into the Calgary Foundation as an enduring fund, have been used to provide scholarships to Cochrane High, Bow Valley High, and St. Timothy schools’ valedictorians, the creation of the Dr. Lindsay Leigh Kimmett Prize in Emergency Medicine for medical students at the University of Calgary, provide funds for the expansion of the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre and allow children to participate in hockey who otherwise could not through the “Lindsay’s Kids” hockey sponsorship program.
While she had a love for a wide array of things, Lindsay was especially fond of hockey, even organizing a competitive women’s hockey team, her University of Calgary medical school team and a co-ed ball hockey team. She also coached a girls’ peewee hockey team in Calgary. The foundation provides the registration fee for selected minor hockey players and provides them with equipment, something Kelly said his daughter would have enjoyed the most of all of the foundation’s initiatives. Since “Lindsay’s Kids” started, the program has steadily grown to add more youth players each season, something the Kimmetts hope will continue. “We can never be truly happy again, but we can certainly help others to be happy or bring some joy into their lives,” Kelly said.
In Lindsay’s memory the community has also banded together to put on two annual events the past two years – the Monumental Tournament of Aces golf tournament and the Kimmett Cup 3 on 3 Co-ed Pond Hockey Championship. While the Kimmett family are involved in each event, it is community members, some of whom the family had never met before Lindsay’s death and have now become good friends, who do much of the organizing and foot work. “I don’t know how it happened at that point, and now that has become a case of all we have,” Dianne said. “Working on it makes you feel closer to her, we are doing something for her.” Eventually, the momentum from the organized events will likely slow down, Kelly admits. And yet, even if that does happen, the Kimmetts know their daughter will have left an indelible mark on people’s lives throughout Cochrane and the rest of the world. “We moved out here in 1986 just as Lindsay was starting ECS, for the specific reason we wanted out of Calgary and we hoped Cochrane would be a great place to raise our kids and this has been proven over and over and over. This is an incredible community,” Dianne said.