ForeverMissed
Since traditional funerals cannot happen at this time, and because Monica’s contacts are global, this page has been created to honour Monica's memory as a friend, relative, sister, daughter, and partner.
Monica lived a full and adventurous life. She loved to tell stories of her contacts and experiences. She cannot tell us stories anymore. We invite you to share your story (or two or more) of an event, an experience, a memorable time with her. Please include your name and how you met (school, work, travel, through a friend,…). Help expand our understanding of how vast her world and influence has been. Feel free to revisit and add more stories or photos at anytime. There are two young nieces that will need to know more about their Aunty Momo who loved them "so, so, so, so, so, much".
As time goes by, and if you are feeling sad about Monica leaving us, you are encouraged to come back to read the stories, be inspired, feel the Love and Light she chose to share with each of us. Know that she lives on in our hearts and whenever you share your love you will be sharing a piece of her love for you.
Posted by Elizabeth Anton on September 23, 2020
Dear Colette, Helga and Andrew,
It was with complete disbelief, then shock, that I heard this news that Monica has died. I won't be able to fully express (like many others!) my sadness but want to say that I have been thinking a lot about you and your family and Monica's fiance (who I haven't had the pleasure of meeting). I am just so sorry, Colette, that you have lost your sister and, Helga and Andrew, your daughter. I cannot imagine what you have and are still going through. It is the kind of scary thing that makes you hold on tighter to the loved ones you have, and makes everything in the world look and seem different. I am sure every action and conversation is now laced with both sadness and happy memories. My memories of Monica are both soccer (soccer and soccer!) and how good of a sister she was with you, Colette. You are both cut from the same practical, adventurous, fun and always funny cloth. The lasting image for me will be Monica with her toes in the sand and the handheld radio crackling.
Sending you all huge, non-physically distanced, covid inappropriate, hugs and love. Liz.

Posted by Karen Sonnenberg on September 16, 2020
To Monica's family & friends - it was a shock as I am sure for all of us to here of Monica's passing - I met Monica in August of 2018 while being contracted to work for Educo. Monica's smile and warm heart will be missed. A true light has gone on to universe for all of us to see. May you find peace in remembering her good adventures on our earth plain. Karen
Posted by Emily Keller on September 14, 2020
Dear Ryan, Andrew, Helga, Colette, and Monica's two nieces,

Several weeks have passed and my heart is still aching over the news of Monica's passing. As I try to come to terms with the gut-wrenching loss of the most beautiful and loving friend, my thoughts are with you and I send you love and strength as you navigate the unimaginable pain and the long path of grief and healing. I haven't met all of you, but Monica spoke of you often and somehow I feel like I do know you through her stories - she spoke of you often and loved you all so much. She was especially proud of her two little nieces.

I met Monica in 2014 when we worked together at the David Suzuki Foundation. I'm so grateful that our lives collided because she became a dear friend. I have many memories - lunchtime walks at DSF, dinner dates after work downtown when our offices were just a few blocks apart after we both moved on from DSF, a sweet weekend at Mt Baker with Ryan, Andrew, and Edgar, picnic dinners in the park, movies, the ghost train in Stanley Park. In a city where it can be difficult to make connections, Monica was so generous about inviting us to connect and hang out. I last saw Monica on a sunny Saturday in July when we met up for take-out Thai food at Kits beach. I remember that she looked so radiant - beautiful and glowing with happiness in a lovely summer dress, so full of life and excitement for the future. We really connected through conversation that evening and I'm so grateful that I have that final special memory and feeling of closeness to cherish.

As so many have already expressed, Monica was a ray of light and optimism - a good counterbalance and antidote to my cup-half-empty personality. Being around her always encouraged me to see the world more positively and find the light in darkness. I've been reflecting lately how I can honour Monica's life. Reading the stories on this page, I realize how much we all treasured the effort that Monica made to issue invitations, to visit when nobody else would, to make everyone feel like they meant something special to her. Over the last few weeks, I've been trying to reach out to friends more, say hello on the street when I could look the other way - and I feel her with me each time.

On the day that I learned about Monica's death, I walked - stunned and in disbelief - to a beach in Stanley Park. As I looked out at the blue ocean and tears stung my eyes, I was overcome with the feeling that although she didn't want to leave us so soon, her spirit was somehow at peace.

To Ryan and Monica's family - please reach out for support when you need it. I know that if this tragic situation was reversed, Monica would have been the first to reach out and be there to support. We're here for you.
Posted by Kevin Dixon on September 14, 2020
I met Monica when she was only 13 and she was a sweet and enthusiastic participant in my youth group at St Mary’s Kerrisdale. She made everything more fun! Whether it was a “bigger and better scavenger hunt” (adult tricycle) or a bible study (1John) or a weekend of fun at Whistler (boys in the girls’ room, tsk tsk) or Salt Spring Island (painted toe nails) her bright smile and bubbly personality lit up the event. When Monica was 19 she went with me and a group of young adults to El Salvador. I remember visiting a prison in the city of San Miguel and how BIG her eyes were as we entered that terrible place. We were there to lead worship among the prisoners and I remember how clearly and sweetly her voice carried across the enclosure as we sang songs like “We Are Marching In The Light Of God.” She brightened a dark place. Afterwards, in the scorching heat on a dusty street she reflected on the experience while sipping Coke from a glass bottle; she found the significance in that experience so rare for a kid from the west side of Vancouver, and commiserated with Eileen who had had a sudden onset of tummy troubles in that very inconvenient place. Years later, she caught up with me and another group in El Salvador while she just so happened to be backpacking through Central America. At Christmas in 2009, while she was staffing the Olympic torch relay she joined me and my family for Christmas dinner in London, ON - it just so happened we were all in the same city at the same time. Then, in 2013 (I think?) I was back in Vancouver on the same weekend as the Vancouver Sun Run. And who but a Monica should just happen to have been on the floor of the stadium after I crossed the finish line? Typically, she greeted me with “Kebino!!” and hugged me like I was her best friend in the whole world. She had a way of making people- me! - feel special and loved. I miss Monica even though we haven’t seen one another in a long time. She was a beautiful soul, a rare example of what it is to be fully alive. Truly, her quip was true: “‘Why not?’ is the slogan of an interesting life.” I thank God for Monica’s life, even though it was too short, and I am so glad she filled it with so much living.
Posted by Sharen Rowlandson on September 10, 2020
Keith Clay & I adored Monica. She was so full of life, with a most beautiful smile that would light up a room! Her infectious laugh made her so much fun to be around.
We looked forward to running into her occasionally on the seawall or around Spanish Banks. She had a gift of making us feel like we were the most important persons in her life at that moment.
She was so kind to others and was a real treasure. We will miss her and are so blessed to have had the opportunity to know her, if only for a short while.
The world was a better place with Monica in it.

Our hearts go out to her family, her fiancé, and her many friends. Keep memories of the happy times you had with Monica close to your heart.
Her spirit will be with us forever.

Posted by Melissa Lombard on September 8, 2020
Monica was a special kind of person.

Everyone she talked to felt important.
She was welcoming and unafraid.
She touched many people's lives with her endless energy and positivity.
She connected people.
She saw opportunities.
She said 'yes' without hesitation.

She was always open to embracing new challenges and experiences, but especially to embracing people.
Posted by Tuveyc Mordag on September 8, 2020
Dedicated to MONIKA

I am in shock and I have felt big grief by learning Monika’s passing away from this life. I have known Monica past ten years and she was the kindest, happy and full of life person I have ever met. I feel lucky to know her, because I have inspired from her positive nature that was standing on life and doing her best. My daughter and I have been long term family friends, so we had lots of chances to observe Monika’s genuine relationship with her family. She was always loving, caring and giving importance to contribute to family dynamics. Also, as our friend, her attitude was always kind and caring, as well as her intentions were giving importance to interact with everyone around her. My observations about Monika was absolute perfection that she was a dedicated, passionate, responsible and hard working girl in her life. In the time being in our friendship I have experienced lots of good memories with her. She was being careful to touch our hearts and offering help when it was needed. When I think about Monika I always remember her with her big smile on her face and full of energy in her eyes that was reflective to everyone around her. I will keep remembering her that we have never been lost her. I believe soul lives on a different level and remembrance keeps the soul alive, so she will live in my memories and I will keep her alive in my heart as long as I live. She was the shining sun and a good example for her kindness to us. I am sure she will continue shining towards us. I love you Monika. God shines His goodness, forgiveness, blessings, love and care on you forever.  
Posted by Judy Button on September 7, 2020
Dearest Helga, Andrew, Collette, family and friends........................
No words can express the sorrow and heartfelt sympathy shared. When I think of Monica a smile comes to my face even though at this time I do not feel like smiling. Monica will always be in my heart and the hearts of many. Even as a young girl, ever caring, generous and beautiful. Monica gave up her bedroom to make John & I welcome as her parent's friends and guests in her home.
From that moment the special bond of family was always there. Many thoughts, how proud to hear of her global adventures. Meeting up during her entrusted work at the IPE in Armstrong and accompanying the Torch Run, across Canada, even at Little Vernon, BC. Her Big Smile and Shining Eyes like she had a secret and enjoying every minute, every day, enthusiastic, hard working, professional, confident young woman. Looking forward to the Family Christmas picture cards we had the pleasure of receiving over the years. Another most remember-able time was at Collett's wedding, the love, admiration and thoughtful words Monica shared about her big sister. 'Look, look how beautiful my sister Collette is on her wedding day WOW. '
God Bless and keep her safe on her travels. Forever in our hearts.
Blessings, love and hugs. Your friend Judy Button in Vernon. xoxoxoxoxo

Posted by Elise Woolliams on September 7, 2020
I met Monica through Colette. My memories of her are filled with her boisterous laughter, her boundless energy, and her warm heart. One of the memories of spending the most time with her was at the beach soccer tournament, over several years. Not only as a strong, confident woman running the show, but as a player getting deep into the fun of it. More recently seeing her with her nieces it was always apparent how much love she shared and how her energy brought smiles to all those around her. I could tell Colette and Monica had a special bond as sisters and it breaks my heart to know she is no longer with us. My heartfelt condolences to my dear friend Colette, Monica’s partner Ryan, and her many family and friends whom she has obviously touched with so much joy over the years.
Posted by John Raikes on September 6, 2020
My earliest memory of Monica is one where I came over to Andrew and Helga’s place for visit. This little wonder, stopped for a second from running around the house, to stare up at me with seeming amazement in those big beautiful eyes as if to say “how can anybody be so tall?” I received a little “hello”, then she was off to chase her sister some more. I shall always have that memory to hold as I remember you by Monica. Rest in the Arms of the Lord.
Posted by Kate Fagan-Garcia on September 6, 2020
I met Monica through Colette when we were kids (Colette and I met in Kindergarten so I guess I met Monica as a toddler!). Even as a little kid I remember her bright energy and big smile. As we grew older and I moved away, we were able to reconnect through facebook. I loved seeing what new adventures Monica was on - the Blue Dot tour with David Suzuki, the Olympic torch relay, the JUMP program - I never knew what she was going to be up to next! It was great to see her through her photos and stories. I could feel her pride and love for her little nieces even just through social media. Monica was a shining light in this world and she will be missed deeply and remembered fondly. My heartfelt condolences go out to all of her family and friends who her life touched.  
Posted by Elaine Ho on September 4, 2020
I had the pleasure of Monica's radiant smile and her enthusiasm during the sewing of her bridesmaid dress for Heather and Andrews wedding
then again as we looked at designs and fabric for hers to Ryan.
I will always be grateful for the friendship and love Monica shared with
my daughter. Your smile shines in my family photo wall.
Posted by Ryan McNeill on September 3, 2020
How do I even start? Where do I start?
Monica was my everyday, and my everything... She infused her essence into all aspects of our lives together.
From the first thing I saw when waking up in bed, after she would come back from a morning run or after making our morning smoothies, she would come to the bedroom to wake me up, to give me morning kisses, and to share that smile that we've all come to adore.
To the bedtime routine where she would put toothpaste on my toothbrush before I came to the bedroom, and then when I would get into bed, she would say "I Lolo", and "Sweet Dreams", followed by a kiss to bookend our day.
She always gave me her best, and in turn she got me to be the best version of myself.
She got me to eat better, be more environmentally conscious, to exercise more and to push my body to places I've never thought I would go. She taught me to love more deeply than I have in the past. She taught me humility, and selflessness. She taught me to be less cynical, and to see more in others.And as exhausting as her endless aspirations sometimes were, regardless I enjoyed every moment of being at her side!
And now that she's gone, as much as it hurts to know that I'll never again be able to hear her upbeat words waking me up or her soft lips whisking me off to sleep, I know she would want me, and every of us, to continue to espouse her ethos of positivity, engagement, and adventurousness.
Monica has left an indelible mark on my life, in so many deep and profound ways, it's hard to count.I will forever be grateful for having spent every moment with Monica that I was given. And I will do my best to move forward in life, holding her spirit with me wherever I go, for as long as I live.
I miss you so much already.

I Will Lolo Forever
Posted by Melissa Austin on September 3, 2020
I met Monica through our beautiful mutual friend Heather. Osoyoos, Saltspring Island and UBC farm are some of the places we went together. One thing that I really admired in Monica was her commitment to the environment. I remember going out for dinner one night and she declined to have a pop because she didn’t want a wasted bottle. She would send me uplifting messages like “you’re rocking this” on my birthday. She never took life for granted and lived life to the fullest as others have so eloquently described. 
I’m a neuro occupational therapist and saw Monica as a friend a few times after her injury. I feel like the medical system- the one I directly work in let her down. I’m so very sorry for your loss.
Posted by Caroline Jane Green on September 3, 2020
Monica bowled me over from the get go - I'd never met someone who radiated so much joy, energy, power, and kindness, all wrapped up in one. And considering I first 'met' Monica via a WhatsApp call in 2018, that's no mean feat to be able to convey these things digitally! Yet somehow, she did, and it's a testament to the beautiful spirit that she was and is. I'm entirely unsurprised to read all of the wonderful stories and tributes others have shared. Monica has clearly impacted so many people, in so many ways.

Monica went out of her way to make every person who joined the JUMP! community, where we both worked, feel at home. Always the first to extend a warm welcome, celebrate the achievements of other people, offer a helping hand. As both a trusted colleague and friend, I'll be forever grateful to have been part of her journey. Monica spent countless hours with me over text, calls, videos (and face to face, when crazy international schedules permitted) both professionally to provide guidance on how to create powerful, meaningful experiences (she was a pro!), and on a personal level - laughing, reflecting, sharing about life, love, and everything in between. I'll never forget what started once as a short work call rapidly evolved to an evening of hilarity, as she gave me a virtual tour around her new place, showing me the frames she'd put together for all of the photos of her treasured family and Ryan - always referred to as "my forever guy" by Monica. We'd concluded that call by coming up with future crazy ideas for physical challenges, adventure, and travel when we next saw one another in Thailand.

The last time we'd spoken, shortly before she passed away, we'd chatted about open water swimming, as she'd encouraged me to start again. Monica had even offered to send over her old wetsuit (to Europe!) as she'd just bought a new one. Generous to a fault. She also told me that she was considering another skydive next year, 'just to mix things up'. I'm certain she would have done it, if she'd have still been here! Monica refused to let her stroke define or limit her in any way.

Monica's unfathomable resilience in the face of adversity, her deep enthusiasm for life, and an unwavering commitment to positivity and supporting other people, was inspiring. Truly one of a kind.

Posted by Rachelle Mezzarobba on September 1, 2020
I knew Monica through her sister Colette and was a fellow beach soccer babe :) Like most I'm still in shock over this news and feel I can't find adequate words to express my deepest sympathy to her family and friends and my gratitude for having the chance to know Monica even a little bit. I will forever remember her engaging and infectious smile and laugh and my awe (and slight jealously) in hearing of her many adventures across the globe.
Posted by Maria Zeldis on August 31, 2020
I met Monica many years ago through my soccer teammate and good friend Colette. I'm not sure exactly what year, some time around 2007-8? During those couple of years we spent a lot of time together volunteering at the beach soccer festival in Spanish Banks every summer. It's been more than 10 years since I've seen Monica but somehow I remember her like it was yesterday. She had an unforgettably magnetic personality. She was always genuinely interested in what other people had to say, a truly caring friend and good listener. She never judged or exuded any negativity, but was always supportive and optimistic. She was super fun at social events and very outgoing, but at the same time really connected with people on a quieter level in conversation. Reading through some of the other memories posted here, I am not surprised to learn how much good she did for the world in her professional life. I wish for her nieces to know as much about her as possible because she is an amazing role model for girls and just humans in general.
Posted by Eric Kasoyaga on August 31, 2020
I was introduced to Monica earlier this year at SFU Radius. We both share a passion for community development and working with youth. Every interaction and experience that I had with her was filled with high-energy, enthusiasm, and making our communities better. She went out of her way countless times to help me with work for my foundation, and was always there to give insights, and inspiration.

I will forever cherish our experiences together and how she went out of her way to help others and the world. Prayers & love to Monicas family and friends, her spirit lives on!
Posted by Maria R on August 31, 2020
I met Monica in 2017 when she was creating partnerships for JUMP programs. I work for the YMCA, and we immediately decided to partner for JUMP's first local program. As soon as the program finished Monica said "great what's next!" and we starting writing proposals and received grants for 2 more programs which we ran together. Her energy and drive was contagious! She started every day with a smile and a high-five - there were no dull moments when Monica was around. She showed genuine care and interest in each of the youth she worked with, taking the time to connect with them one on one. We used to meet at Cafe Cittadella, one of her favorite local spots, to catch up and chat about our next new project idea. I'll miss you Monica, you made a difference in so many people's lives that they will remember forever.
Posted by Raichal Philip on August 31, 2020
I did not have the good fortune of meeting Monica in person, but I got to know her pretty well through her mom. Over the 5 years that I have known Helga (we work together) I have heard so many stories of Monica. Stories that created this picture of Monica in my mind of someone with an infectious smile, radiant, bursting with energy, unstoppable, kind, caring, gentle, loved nature and the outdoors. Someone who cared deeply about people and left a lasting impression on anyone who crossed her path. I am envious of all of you who knew her personally, but for me she will always be this angel that I will get to see through Helga. Praying for the Lord’s comfort and healing for the whole family.
Posted by Kim Korst-Davis on August 31, 2020
My precious niece so full of life, love and light no longer walks this earth. Well, truth is Monica never really"walked" anywhere. She was always such a force to reckon with and tougher to keep up with! I have always known Monica through the context of family and of course aware of most of her adventures as she tries to sate her appetite for knowledge and connection. It is through reading all of these memories and stories from friends near and far that I can say I am truly humbled to see my beautiful Monica through the eyes of SO many people who loved her as her family loves her. My heart is broken and my head doesn’t want to accept that she will no longer be at our dinner table for family events however, there is some peace in knowing that she will now be feasting at the table of the Lord. Heaven surely has received an Angel Extraordinaire! Love you forever, Monica.
Posted by Kasandra Harriman on August 29, 2020
I met Monica through Colette. Whenever I saw her she was enthusiastically describing her latest adventures and honourable pursuits to make the world a better place, with a huge smile that lit up the room. That is how I will remember her, with her infectious smile and beautiful spirit. My love to her family and friends- she will be missed.
Posted by Lesley Conway on August 29, 2020
Monica was pure heart. She was one of those people who made every day spent with her that much better, and every life she touched that much more joyful and meaningful. I remember hiking the Grind with her soon after my husband and I met (he liked her immediately), and laughing with her at Sophie's birthday last year. She was just so easy to love.

I knew Monica through my dear friend, Colette. Over our 19 years of friendship, I spent many family dinners and celebrations with the Davis family. What I remember with the most fondness as I've reflected over the past week and a half, is the love and joy at those family events. The jokes never stopped, and nobody was spared a joke at their expense. Monica had a "bring it on" attitude and would laugh more than anyone when someone cracked a joke. She and I would always joke that the two of us were going to gang up on Colette, but of course it was always in jest. It makes me happy to think of those times. Monica so clearly grew up surrounded by love and found a unique and wonderful way to share that love with the world.

I have thought of Monica continuously since I heard the news, but I particularly think of her each morning when I open the curtains and let the light into the house. The world is a much happier and kinder place because Monica was here. She lives on in the hearts of those who knew her, and I will strive to share some of her compassion and kindness with each person I meet. I know this is a "challenge" Monica would have been happy to ask us all to take on.

My heart goes out to Colette, Helga, Andrew, Ryan and all of Monica's friends and family.

Rest in peace, Monica. Spread your light and continue to shine.
Posted by Stu Gillett on August 29, 2020
Monica ,

The loveliness we've lost.
These empty days without your smile.
This torch, we'll always carry,
For Vancouver's lovely child.
And even though we try
The truth brings us all to tears.
All our words cannot express
The joy you brought us through the years.
C. Sir Elton John


“The Gilletts”
Posted by Colette Davis on August 29, 2020
I’ve lost a best friend. She was the person who was by my side through all my happiest moments, and who was there as a shoulder to cry on in tough times, even before I had a chance to ask.

Monica, I will remember you:
When I run the seawall.
When I walk in the pouring rain.
When I watch Disney movies or sing their theme songs with your nieces.
When I witness my daughters’ affection for each other.
When I see a rainbow.
When I recycle something, especially if it takes extra effort to do so.
When I travel to places, new or familiar.
And when I do something dumb, I’ll be able to hear your genuine laugh, cheering me up.

I will endeavor to live my life with the kindness and enthusiasm that you modeled, and that inspired so many people you’ve met along the way to do the same.

You were an angel on earth, but your wings were clipped. Now you can soar!
Posted by Jay Korbelik on August 29, 2020
I first met Monica through her sister Colette. I had just returned to Vancouver and was looking for a roommate. We ended up living together for over 6 years and thus my nickname "Roomie Jay" was coined. Monica wasn't only my roommate, she was my running partner, adventure buddy and close friend. When I decided to move to across the country, she came with me. We dodged tornadoes in the prairies, got stuck in the worse traffic jam in Chicago and got up to all sorts of adventures on that memorable trip. Whatever Monica did, she did with a smile on her face. I will always remember that radiant smile. Monica, I will never forget you.
Posted by Arizona Fraser on August 28, 2020
I first "met" Monica over email in early 2018; re-reading that first exchange I am reminded of how I was impressed by her from the get go. It's a rare skill to be able to convey both unbridled enthusiasm and clear professionalism within the same email, yet Monica always pulled it off.

When we eventually met in person up at Educo Adventure School, Monica was incredibly friendly and welcoming. She struck me right away as someone I would be keen to work with, and perhaps the draw of Monica's beautiful energy is part of what pulled me to joining the JUMP! Canada team. Monica and I worked together in the RADIUS co-working space from November 2019 through March 2020, and travelled to/from Thailand together around Christmas. Monica went out of her way to ensure I felt settled and welcome within JUMP! and my new role, and I'll always appreciate her for that.

She was unbelievably hardworking (would answer texts and emails at almost any hour of the day or night) and cared deeply about the quality of each program, all of which contributed immensely to many life-changing experiences for youth in the Vancouver area and beyond.

Specifically I admired her fierce independence in the face of adversity and the sheer scope of her generosity. I am better for having known her. Monica will be greatly missed.

Sending love to Monica's friends, family, and community at large,

Arizona
Posted by VJ Terzic on August 28, 2020
What a devastating loss. The world was lucky to have known Monica. I can remember meeting Monica for the first time at the RADIUS office. I was in awe of her warm welcome and genuine excitement for life. That energy, enthusiasm was always there, regardless of the challenges of work. So sad to see her gone so soon. Thanks for shining your light on us, Monica, and continuing to inspire us to be better humans.
Posted by Nicola Farmer on August 28, 2020
The sight of Monica bee-lining her way to me across a crowded room, immediately improved every social event I went to in the past few years. Her enthusiasm for those around her was second to none. Since the start of last year we got to know each other a bit more by sharing a few afternoons together. At the beginning of her recovery I could see how hard she had to work but was so impressed with her energy and how open she was about what she was going through. It didn't take her long to be telling stories faster than I do (something she was keen to point out to her rambling British friend!) I feel very lucky to have known you Monica. You will continue to be an inspiration and I will carry you with me until we meet again.
Posted by Alison Wall on August 28, 2020
I feel deeply blessed and privileged to have known and witnessed Monica inspire and engage those around her. Her compassion knew no bounds and her beautiful smile was infectious. The world has lost an amazing person, but her spirit will live on through those that were fortunate enough to learn and work alongside her.
Posted by Elizabeth Stewart on August 28, 2020
I first met Monica when she was five years old and starting kindergarten at Lord Kitchener Elementary School with my daughter, Kim.  There was an extraordinary group of girls in that cohort -- Kim, Emma, Nicole, Erin, Christine, Melanie... and, of course, Monica. I swear none of us were particularly pushy parents, but those girls pushed themselves to excellence in all they pursued, right through high school and beyond. From reading the dozens and dozens of beautiful tributes on this site, it's clear that Monica maintained those standards in every relationship in her life. My heart goes out to Ryan, Andy & Helga, Colette and her family and to Monica's literally hundreds of friends. Monica, your smile shines on.
Posted by Richard Bell on August 28, 2020
Every once in awhile you meet someone special who inspires you to just be better. I met Monica through my daughter, Heather Bell. Although I only saw her occasionally I immediately recognised her as one of those special people. What an incredible lady. She will be missed. Her memory is an inspiration to us all.
Posted by Antony Wilson on August 28, 2020
I was so fortunate to have met and worked with Monica over many years at Mulgrave School through her leadership at the JUMP Foundation in Vancouver. She was an incredible person. Her inspiration, warmth, literally boundless enthusiasm, compassion for everyone and genuine commitment to kickstart young changemakers and make our world a better place were unmatched. She was always there to help us and our students create amazing learning experiences and, no matter how challenging and endless my requests might have been, she somehow figured it out with a smile!

She will be dearly missed by our students, staff and community, but I know her spark and legacy will continue at our school with the great work she started in social justice and global citizenship education for all of us. Our hearts go out to her friends and family at this difficult time.
Posted by Jim Richards on August 27, 2020
I met Monica on the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. While there were close to 500 people on the team, there was only one Monica! Her infectious smile, her kindness and willingness to ensure everyone felt their contribution mattered made her someone who stood out in the crowd. It’s common to find people who take pride in their roles but it’s a delight to meet those special individuals who help elevate everyone on the team and that was Monica. Our mission was to light up the country and Monica would do more than that, she would light up our days. I was lucky enough to cross paths with her from time to time since 2010 and whether it was at a triathlon or on the job, she was consistently energetic, enthusiastic and brimming with life. She was an absolute star and someone who will be missed by all who had the pleasure of even a moment in her company. I am so sorry for your loss; my heart goes out to all her family and close friends.
Posted by William Nicholls-Allison on August 27, 2020
Monica,
I remember the first time I met you I had already heard so much about your energy and enthusiasm from everybody at JUMP!. As we worked together, I learned of your courage, your creativity, and your incredible passion that had already positively impacted the lives of so, so many people. I was just an intern at JUMP!, yet you treated me with absolute respect, trusted me to work alongside you on big projects, and empowered me to follow my own passions. I was sad to complete my internship for many reasons, but most of all it was because I would no longer have the immense pleasure of working with you each week. You reached out to me in March to send words of encouragement and I still look at those words from time to time. Your belief in me made a big difference in my life. I wish that I had known you for longer yet I am so, so grateful that I got to know you at all. I promise to carry that light that you spread into my life with me as I go off on my own journey. Thank you for helping me, and so many others, on the way.
Will
Posted by Maya Blix on August 27, 2020
I met Monica at the CP tour across Canada in 2008. I remember noticing her at our orientation training sessions at the Inventa office; she stood out like a sore thumb and was impossible to miss. She was a force of nature and you could feel her presence wherever you were. Her smile, her radiance, her energy...her rosy cheeks which got even rosier when she was excited about something. This girl was one in a million and made you feel like you were the only person in front of her. She made everyone on her path feel special. After I moved back to Norway, we stayed in touch on social media. I loved her larger than life posts. Her positivity. Her adventurous spirit - always seeing the best and seeking the light. Years later, when I was back in the US and went on a work trip to Vancouver, I went for a walk in English Bay. I noticed a lady running towards me...she was SMILIING as she was running. I saw the rosy cheeks and the BIG smile....it was Monica. She threw herself around my neck and we hugged for what seemed forever. Later that week we went out for dinner and caught up. Monica was and will continue to be a lifelong inspiration. She managed to pack so much into her life and create memories that will last forever <3 <3 <3
Posted by Erzsi Institorisz on August 26, 2020
The light shined bright in this one. I met Monica in 2014 when I spent a week at the David Suzuki Foundation’s office helping with logistics for the Blue Dot tour... Monica was my boss for the week and was awesome. I felt like I was in good hands. She was super approachable and kind. I’d hoped she’d work with us volunteers for a long time but was glad to keep in touch via social to see her go onto other awesome endeavours like JUMP and TED talks. Was shocked to learn of her stroke almost two years ago, she was so active. I got to greet and chat with her one last time in November 2019 at a Blue Dot 5th anniversary event and it was lovely. From the stories shared on this page you can really tell that she always embraced the moment and had joy for life. My deepest condolences to her family, partner and friends . RIP dear Monica
Posted by Mike Wallberg on August 26, 2020
The news of Monica's passing is surprising for its ferocity, for the way it swelled my throat, heart, pupils when I learned the terrible news, for the horrible unfairness, for the burden that we the living will have to bear for the loss. What is most surprising for me is that unlike so many of the lucky others on this page, who knew Monica well and long, I spent a couple of summers playing beach volleyball against her and Ryan, and socializing occasionally. Technically what most might define as an acquaintance. And yet. And yet. And yet I feel consequence and loss at her passing, because she was not an acquaintance, not to me or to people she met on the bus or passed on the street. Monica had a light that erased barriers, even in frosty Vancouver, a light that made friends out of strangers, conducted her bottomless energy and positivity, and as I've read here, for many, hope. Monica was a gift that we were so fortunate to receive. May she rest in peace. Love to Ryan and her family.
Posted by Sophika Kostyniuk on August 26, 2020
I am so deeply saddened to read this news. Monica emanated pure joy, kindness and positivity. I am honoured to have worked alongside her during the Blue Dot tour at the David Suzuki Foundation. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved her.
Posted by David Suzuki on August 26, 2020
My heart is torn. Monica was one of those rare people who filled one with joy at knowing her. I fell in love with her when she joined the Blue Dot tour across Canada. She was lovely inside and outside, always smiling, working like mad without complaint and vibrating with life. When the tour ended, I would have loved to have her work with the David Suzuki Foundation for life. But there was so much she wanted to experience, to see and do, I doubt that we could have ever kept her but I loved that she kept in touch. I was shocked when she suffered a stroke in France, but I knew she would work her guts out to recover. The world is so much poorer with her loss, but she will live bright in the memories of those who were lucky enough to have known her.
Posted by Breanne Oliver on August 26, 2020
Absolutely shocked and saddened to hear this news. Monica was an incredible person. She was absolutely key to the success of the 2008 CP Spirit Train. CP knew they were in capable hands with Monica as a leader of the team. we got to work together numerous times leading up to the 2010 Olympics and stayed in touch beyond that. Last spring following her medical challenges we caught up again via text. She wrote “ I have always been doing meaningful work and living a great life but this experience has really humanize things for me and help me connect to youth in more ways. Turning lemons into lemonade to the best of my ability” She was a warrior, a wise soul and a true giver. Life cut too short, impact that will be missed. We all needed much more of her lemonade.

So sorry for your loss Ryan and Davis family. RIP Monica Davis
Posted by Beth Wolfe on August 26, 2020
I worked with Monica at Inventa leading up to the 2010 Games. She was a rock during an exciting but stressful time. I always knew she would get the job done in the best way possible and always with that big, beautiful smile. She was loved by everyone be they clients, managers, her peers, her staff, or community stakeholders.  Monica was a genuinely beautiful person inside and out and I admired her positive energy and desire to do good things for others. Rest easy, gorgeous girl. You will be missed by so many.
Posted by Kelli Cardinal on August 26, 2020
I’ve known Monica for four years now. We met at a party meant to introduce Ryan’s new girlfriend to his friends. She was so loveable and relatable. There was never a moment of “there’s Ryan’s girlfriend”. She was our friend from the moment we met. Monica was instant joy. You couldn’t help but smile and relax around her. She had a way of making you feel special, and appreciated and important. She never gave just a generic compliment like “great party!”. It was always specific, pinpointing a special touch, pointing out a skill you used, or and idea you had. Encouraging you that with said skills, you could do this thing or that thing! She was amazing. It feels like it should still be she IS amazing. None of this seems real.

She always made sure to connect with my kids, who were and are very shy. It meant the world to me. When my daughter met Monica at that party, she decided that she wanted to give this new friend a gift, and so presented Monica with a small plastic diamond. An unofficial welcome to the family, and just a few weeks ago Monica sent me a picture showing that she still had that diamond nestled amongst shells in her bathroom. She always struck up conversations with all the kids, made sure they were listened to, and valued. And they knew it, and were comfortable with her too.

My daughter is now 8, and was just starting to get to know Monica. We had just gone for a girls date on Monica’s birthday. Monica and I had decided that every time we got together, we would bring something from our past to share. A memory, or a card, or a silly photo, just something so we’d get to know the other better. That day we brought gifts for Monica, and memories. I shared some old cards that were special to me, my daughter brought questionnaires filled in by guests at her first birthday, and Monica shared some favorite stories and traditions. We were all so excited to share and to listen. It was one of my favorite coffee dates.

I have a few stories to share about Monica, but for now I’ll just end with Monica was my friend. In four short years, she became a cherished part of my life, both for who she was, and for how she loved my friend Ryan. We all saw how that love grew and changed, how they supported each other and faced their challenges together. They believed in each other, and their happiness together was beautiful to watch. Her loss feels catastrophic, and my heart is holding all those who loved her. She was my friend, I loved her very much, and I will miss her more than I can put into words.
Posted by Mark Korst on August 26, 2020
I have always been so proud of my niece. Always a smile, always thinking of how she can make this world a better place. I recall her turning down a job offer by the president of a well known corporation. He had witnessed her giving her all to his project and wanted her to be part of his team. She would excelled. The offer was turned down because she felt she wanted a career that gave back to the world, not success for the shareholders.

When she was with the TED organization Andrew and I discovered we could watch the Vancouver production at the public library. Her dad and I were so proud to be part of a production that she was involved with, even bragging to the others gathered around the screen that she was behind the scenes.

I can’t tell you how many times I have proudly told friends about Monica’s life accomplishments and her commitment to a better world. Monica has left this world after touching thousands of lives in such a loving positive way. Monica you are loved and will be missed. Love Uncle Mark.
Posted by Dorothy Keung on August 26, 2020
I know about Monica through her Mom, Helga. Helga and I work in the same office. I met Monica once when she visited our office after her return from Paris. She just talked with me for the first few minutes, I have already felt the connection with her, it looked like I have known her for many years. I still remember that day that she wore the boots and walked side by side with her Mom. The moments being with her was remarkable that I enjoyed so much listening for what she said about her goals and adventures. I am very fortunate that I was able to meet with her face to face and feel her compassionate with people.

Monica is in my pray for the repose of her soul. She is definitely be missed by everyone who knows her.

- Dorothy Keung
Posted by Lindsay Jeffs on August 26, 2020
I met Monica through Ernest. Her enthusiasm, optimism and happiness always brought a smile to my face. She brightened my day every time I saw her. I will miss her laugh and smile. May she rest in peace. My deepest condolences to Ryan and to Monica's family. 
Posted by Luca Bertacchi on August 26, 2020
We met during Vancouver 2010 and we spent the 15 days of the games working together for Coke for our dear Nicola K. I perfectly remember when we went to Whistler and you drove all the way to allow me to take pictures. Then, last year after almost 9 year we met again when I came to the hospital here in Paris to bring you some fresh fruits. Even in that situation your smile was big and your eyes full of happiness. It’s a very sad news. You have been a very unique person and you‘ll be remembered also as a special person that have given lots of unforgettable big smiles .
Posted by Trina Mousseau on August 26, 2020
I worked with Monica at Inventa many years ago. Her light and energy was undeniable. She brightened up my day every time I saw her.
Posted by Panos G on August 26, 2020
I had the great pleasure of working closely with Monica at the David Suzuki Foundation in 2015. After she went across Canada with the Blue Dot Tour, we knew that Monica was wildly capable of leading a tour of coastal B.C. with David Suzuki, Tara Cullis and other staff.

We met with Indigenous leaders and community members, 10 stops in 10 small communities: the logistics were quite complex. Monica handled everything with a huge smile, despite how tight the schedule was.

Even though we had early starts for travel, Monica managed to get out for morning 10k runs and ran a tight ship, but never lost her cool.

I’ll never forget when she walked up to me at the Bella Bella airport and said “We don’t have any tickets for this flight.” She wasn’t in a panic, she just had that smile that we all know and started laughing!

Monica never looked backwards, she just went into problem solving mode, managing to get David on the flight through a series of small miracles. I just saw Monica a few months ago on the seawall, she was with Ryan, beaming and full of energy. That’s how she was.

Monica leaves us with a legacy of brightness, positivity and hope. Thank you to her family for raising her—our love goes out to you.
Posted by Jocelyn Huber on August 26, 2020
I've only met Monica a few times, so the fact I feel compelled to share my memories of her speaks to her warm, friendly, and wonderful character. I met Monica while volunteering at the Santa Claus Parade in Vancouver. She was a great addition to the operations team and her calm demeanor, warm smile, and friendly nature are all things I will remember about her. 
To all of Monica's friends and family, I'm deeply sorry for your loss. May you find peace in this difficult time. Sending hugs to all who need it.
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Posted by Elizabeth Anton on September 23, 2020
Dear Colette, Helga and Andrew,
It was with complete disbelief, then shock, that I heard this news that Monica has died. I won't be able to fully express (like many others!) my sadness but want to say that I have been thinking a lot about you and your family and Monica's fiance (who I haven't had the pleasure of meeting). I am just so sorry, Colette, that you have lost your sister and, Helga and Andrew, your daughter. I cannot imagine what you have and are still going through. It is the kind of scary thing that makes you hold on tighter to the loved ones you have, and makes everything in the world look and seem different. I am sure every action and conversation is now laced with both sadness and happy memories. My memories of Monica are both soccer (soccer and soccer!) and how good of a sister she was with you, Colette. You are both cut from the same practical, adventurous, fun and always funny cloth. The lasting image for me will be Monica with her toes in the sand and the handheld radio crackling.
Sending you all huge, non-physically distanced, covid inappropriate, hugs and love. Liz.

Posted by Karen Sonnenberg on September 16, 2020
To Monica's family & friends - it was a shock as I am sure for all of us to here of Monica's passing - I met Monica in August of 2018 while being contracted to work for Educo. Monica's smile and warm heart will be missed. A true light has gone on to universe for all of us to see. May you find peace in remembering her good adventures on our earth plain. Karen
Posted by Emily Keller on September 14, 2020
Dear Ryan, Andrew, Helga, Colette, and Monica's two nieces,

Several weeks have passed and my heart is still aching over the news of Monica's passing. As I try to come to terms with the gut-wrenching loss of the most beautiful and loving friend, my thoughts are with you and I send you love and strength as you navigate the unimaginable pain and the long path of grief and healing. I haven't met all of you, but Monica spoke of you often and somehow I feel like I do know you through her stories - she spoke of you often and loved you all so much. She was especially proud of her two little nieces.

I met Monica in 2014 when we worked together at the David Suzuki Foundation. I'm so grateful that our lives collided because she became a dear friend. I have many memories - lunchtime walks at DSF, dinner dates after work downtown when our offices were just a few blocks apart after we both moved on from DSF, a sweet weekend at Mt Baker with Ryan, Andrew, and Edgar, picnic dinners in the park, movies, the ghost train in Stanley Park. In a city where it can be difficult to make connections, Monica was so generous about inviting us to connect and hang out. I last saw Monica on a sunny Saturday in July when we met up for take-out Thai food at Kits beach. I remember that she looked so radiant - beautiful and glowing with happiness in a lovely summer dress, so full of life and excitement for the future. We really connected through conversation that evening and I'm so grateful that I have that final special memory and feeling of closeness to cherish.

As so many have already expressed, Monica was a ray of light and optimism - a good counterbalance and antidote to my cup-half-empty personality. Being around her always encouraged me to see the world more positively and find the light in darkness. I've been reflecting lately how I can honour Monica's life. Reading the stories on this page, I realize how much we all treasured the effort that Monica made to issue invitations, to visit when nobody else would, to make everyone feel like they meant something special to her. Over the last few weeks, I've been trying to reach out to friends more, say hello on the street when I could look the other way - and I feel her with me each time.

On the day that I learned about Monica's death, I walked - stunned and in disbelief - to a beach in Stanley Park. As I looked out at the blue ocean and tears stung my eyes, I was overcome with the feeling that although she didn't want to leave us so soon, her spirit was somehow at peace.

To Ryan and Monica's family - please reach out for support when you need it. I know that if this tragic situation was reversed, Monica would have been the first to reach out and be there to support. We're here for you.
her Life

Monica's life was MASSIVE.

She accomplished amazing things, traveled too many places to count, and gathered new friends where ever she went and whatever she did. Her life was packed full with rich experiences including skydiving, impromptu bungee jumping, riding a bicycle from Glacier, Washington UP Mt Baker, she went boarding down a volcano in Nicaragua, hang-gliding over Lima Peru, donkey rode the Colca Canyon trail, sailed across Lake Titicaca, made it to the top of Macchu Pichu, went boarding on the giant desert sand dunes of Peru, watched the sunrise from atop a Mayan Pyramid Tikal, hiked the West Coast Trail, visited Haida Gwaii, canoe-camped the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City, kissed the Cod and was screeched in Nfld,  rode horseback and swam with dolphins in the Galapagos, walked the Great Wall of China, ......... Vegas? Ya, she did that too.
Keep an eye on this page for future attempts to summarize Monica's broad scope of positive influence in the world. If you want to know more.....The fuller picture will be revealed in STORIES.
Grew up in Dunbar, attended Dragons & Butterflies Preschool, Kitchener Elementary, Byng High School, Capilano University, St Mary's Kerrisdale Anglican Church,
Work (in no particular order) - White Spot carhop, UBC Golf Course catering, Beach Soccer Blast, Inventa, Newad, Jobfest, RBC Torch Experience, Coca Cola Olympic Torch Relay, David Suzuki Foundation, Urban Rec, JUMP Foundation, PDW, TED Talks, PACE Group, RADIUS,........and more.
Travel - over 30 countries (in no particular order) 
Canada - coast to coast more than once, Germany, France, Mexico, Costa Rica, Antigua, Thailand, China, Malaysia, USA, England, Scotland, Italy, Netherlands, Vatican City, Austria, Switzerland, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Barbados, Trinidad, British Virgin Islands, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan,..........

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Shared by Chelsea MacMullin on September 22, 2020
I was on a run today, working through some things, and I think I’ve finally found the words I wanted to share about Monica. I thought of her throughout my entire run, and ran the fastest I have in quite some time (although nowhere near Monica’s average pace!). That’s what Monica was to me, an inspiration, she made me want to be better.

Not just better athletically though, in many aspects of my life. We both worked in the event industry for a time. I worked in it, for the most part, for myself, and for a paycheck. Monica did it to make the world a better place. I loved hearing about the different projects she was always working on, and how they would impact the community. I’m certain I picked up a few more volunteering gigs after listening to Monica, because excitement about things was contagious.

I remember when we first met, probably around 8 or 9 years ago, as Urban Rec EC’s. I knew immediately that I wanted to be friends with Monica. She was such a happy, optimistic cheerleader for everyone around her. I was lucky enough to play volleyball with Monica for quite a few years, when she had the time between travelling, and all her other activities. We would often be the annoying team that wasn’t paying attention because we were too busy laughing, and sharing stories, on the court. My absolute favourite was the sound effects that Monica would make every time she hit the ball. I’d want to set it to her just so I could hear, “HiYAHHH!” or “KAPOW!” as she smoked the ball over the net.

I’m sad that we lost touch over the years, and absolutely heartbroken that I will never get to see my friend again. Wherever she is now is a whole lot brighter with her light shining there.

I saw something recently that was posted about Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but it made me think of Monica, so I’ll share it here:

“When a woman like this leaves our mortal coil,
we owe it to her not to grieve,
not to weep or be sad.
We owe it to her to rise.
To all be a little bit more like her..
To be louder, braver,
so that the girls born today have new heroines to look up to.”
– Donna Ashworth

Monica, you will be so missed.

My 1st Ever Open Water Swim

Shared by JR Hammond on September 14, 2020
Monica....

Your beautiful soul and seemingly endless smile will forever be on my mind when I share and reflect upon this story for eternity to come.

You, Ryan, Jenny and I ventured up to Sasamat Lake for my 1st ever open water swim. My nervous excitement was instantly calmed upon meeting you for the first time and embracing your positive energy that quickly washed over me and replaced any nerves with your calming, adventurous attitude.

From entering the water, to my patient yet continuous effort in swimming across the lake, you were right along side me the entire way. Ensuring that I was in good hands and embracing the full experience of freedom in it's truest sense that rainy day at the lake.

Now, I will know that no matter where my water adventures will take me in the future, you will continue to have that smile and supportive mindset right beside me.

To the many, many more swimming adventures on this planet during this life and those of the next one.... 

Memories of a true champion!

Shared by Dominik Klein on September 13, 2020
I had the pleasure to get to know Monica through my dear friends Kimberly & Julian, who were living in North Vancouver back in fall 2012. Despite hearing a lot about Monica's incredible personality ahead of our first encounter, it didn't take more than a couple of minutes to understand why people loved her. Monica's presence and energy were simply captivating! In addition, I have come across very few people with the ability to give/share unconditional support regardless of someone's personal status/background/situation. To underline the aforementioned, I recall numerous occasions where Monica went out of her way to make my start in a foreign country (just having moved from Germany) easier without asking for anything in return. I particularly cherish the day we spent snowboarding up in Whistler. It goes without saying that Monica not just organised the whole day trip (pick-up, equipment rental, ski-pass, after ski poutine & beer) but also pushed me out of my comfort zone starting my snowboarding career in style on top of Blackcomb Mountain. Monica always thought big and believed not just in herself but also in the people around her. In line with this, Monica pushed me through my first day on a snowboard (a quite painful but rewarding experience) showcasing incredible teaching/leading skills. Thanks to her resilience, patience, motivation, positivity, and leadership, we managed to both have a fun time while acquiring the basics of snowboarding. I believe that this little story underlines why Monica will always be remembered as a true champion, who embodied all olympic values!

We miss you as a friend and role-model, Monica! 
Dominik & Pascale