BROWN, Charo Bonita Suzanne (Bonnie) –
The Brown family mourns the passing of their youngest child, Charo Bonita Suzanne (Bonnie) Brown, on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Guelph, Ontario. Bonnie was 38 years old.
Bonnie was born in Sudbury and grew up in nearby Chelmsford. After graduating from Chelmsford Valley District Composite School with the Governor General's medal, Bonnie went on to study biology at the University of Guelph. After this, Bonnie headed to Japan, where she spent two years teaching English and traveling. At the end of her stint in Japan, Bonnie's passion for science and the love of teaching she had discovered through her work with students led her to pursue a degree in education. With the lure of sunshine and more travel, the University of Wollongong in Australia was a natural choice for Bonnie's preservice teacher education.
Living in Australia, Bonnie met wonderful people with whom she would remain lifelong friends. During her time in Australia she went on many adventures, traveling around the continent and to other nearby places. She traveled back to Canada via the Trans-Siberian Railroad and Europe. Bonnie slept in a yurt in Mongolia, visited the Great Wall of China, and surfed in Hawaii.
Upon returning to Canada, Bonnie accepted a position to teach Science at Francine J. Wesley Secondary School in Kashechewan, Ontario. Bonnie spent five years in this remote, fly-in reserve community. Her exuberant love of her subject matter and her relentless drive to get every student through every class helped Bonnie establish herself as a trusted, valued member of the FJWSS family. Bonnie was always willing to take on fun projects. She spearheaded dance performances by both teachers and students, and her enthusiasm made it difficult for any prospective participants to say no. She gained a reputation as a teacher who cared deeply about her students' success. While in Kash, Bonnie adopted a local dog, Fritz, who came with her when she left the community in 2011.
Returning to Southern Ontario, Bonnie spent time in Ottawa at first, but soon moved to the Upper Grand District School Board to be closer to family and friends nearby. Bonnie took on long- and short-term contracts with gusto in Guelph and the surrounding areas, meeting fantastic new friends along the way. Whether the subject area was Biology, Chemistry or Phys Ed, Bonnie always threw herself into preparing engaging tasks for her students.
Bonnie approached her battle with cancer with the same determination she demonstrated in her teaching career. She was always focused on the next step in the treatment plan. In spite of the prognosis, Bonnie lived with hope.
Everywhere she lived or worked, Bonnie touched the lives of her students and colleagues. She is gone too soon and will be missed by many. Bonnie is survived by her parents, Bruce and Ursula, siblings Thomas (Debra), Tamara (Brad), Edith (Garry), Marika, Quintin (Janet) and Marshall (Sheri), 13 nieces and nephews, and 6 great-nieces and great-nephews.
A memorial gathering will be held at the WALL-CUSTANCE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 6-9 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
|A tree will be planted in memory of Bonnie Brown in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 2:30 pm.|