Svenja HOLST

Svenja HOLST

Until We Meet Again. HOLST, Svenja Karin

Born September 20, 1971. Beloved of her Family, Friends, Colleagues and Students, peacefully left this world, passing away on May 21, 2011. She shone with determination, strength of character, open-heartedness and a radiant personality, which touched so many. Langley was home for most of her life. She enjoyed painting, playing piano, organ and guitar, camping with family and friends, and she was gifted with languages. She later moved to Abbotsford and most recently lived in North Vancouver, with generous help from friends. With brave foresight Svenja began to prepare herself, family and friends for an inevitable journey. Her struggle with cancer was a challenge she fearlessly accepted while continuing to enjoy life and learn from it every day; managing her pain with Vipassana Meditation, and Tai Chi practice, always exploring new potential. Svenja was ever fascinated by humanity and culture and loved to travel the world: Europe, Asia, North and South America. She very much enjoyed visiting with her friends, colleagues and family and making new friends in the world. She was passionate about nature and ecology, enjoying the outdoors and teaching others about language, communication and the natural world. She accepted her first professional teaching assignment in the Nisga’a Nation, north of Terrace. She taught ESL in Taiwan, Bolivia, then in Langley School District. Svenja’s many students remember Ms. Holst’s terrific smile and patient, fun style of helping them to learn, often with music, leading choirs. Her friends and family will forever remember her positive energy, giving personality, and many gifts. She is survived by her Mother and Father, Tabea and Juergen, and Brother Ingo. Thanks to those who have been charged with her care and health, family, friends and colleagues, those of you who visited, sent greetings, and helped to brighten Svenja’s days. Svenja is a beautiful soul who will forever be in our hearts, and we will be announcing the date inviting you to help celebrate her life. Personal Alternative

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