It is with immense sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Kimberley Calder after a month long battle with an aggressive brain tumour. Kim was calm and brave in her final days and passed away peacefully holding her mother’s hand.
An intelligent student, Kim received the Robert Tegler Scholarship in 1978 and the U of A Undergrad Scholarship in 1981. She then attended medical school and graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta in 1983. She was awarded both the Shragge Memorial Award in Medicine and the Mewbourne Memorial Medal in Surgery. Kim went on to provide compassionate and skilled care at the CastleDowns Medicentre, St. Michael’s Clinic, TJ Clinic and most recently, her own practice in St. Albert.
A proud mother, Kim was incredibly devoted to her four children, Chris, Karen, Andrea and Scott. She encouraged and celebrated their unique talents and interests, providing them with endless opportunities and valuable experiences. By acting as a doctor, teacher, provider, counsellor, chef, chauffeur and their biggest fan, she really was a “supermom”.
Kim was an instrumental founding member of the Dynamyx Gymnastics Club of St. Albert. She spent several years as treasurer and donated countless volunteer hours helping it grow into a successful non-profit organization that has brought physical fitness and enjoyment to thousands of children. As a talented piano player, she also volunteered with the children’s choir and taught Sunday school at Kirk United Church.
Kim was passionate about music, movies, reading and traveling. She loved going to U2 concerts around the world, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures. Kim also loved animals and adopted many rescues throughout her life.
Kim made the most of every moment and accomplished enough in her short time for many lifetimes. She will be lovingly remembered by her family, friends and patients. Her kind heart, selfless generosity and brilliant mind will never be forgotten by the many people she impacted positively throughout her life.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., at the St. Albert United Church, 20 Green Grove Drive.
In memory of Kim, donations may be made to Doctors without Borders, 402 – 720 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5S 2T9 or Alberta Cancer Foundation, 11560 University Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T6G 9Z9.