Lauren Elizabeth Spence was an amazing leader and roll model to everyone around her. She brought laughter and love with her everywhere she went and had a smile that could light up a room. Lauren attended Marion M. Graham Collegiate Institute where she was an active member in the choir, junior volleyball team, senior cheer team and dance academy. She very much enjoyed the arts.
Lauren was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on January 30, 2001 where she lived until the age of four. After moving to Saskatoon, she attended Allegro Montessori School, Ã‰cole River Heights School before beginning at Marion M. Graham Collegiate Institute. She was an enthusiastic member of Saskatoonâ€™s Irish and Highland dance communities. Lauren died tragically at the age of sixteen in a car accident in June 2017 while travelling to an Irish dance competition in Calgary.
Her family felt that one way to remember her loyalty and support of fellow students may be to establish a scholarship to honour one of Laurenâ€™s passions â€“ singing â€“ at a school she loved attending. She was always eager to participate in choir concerts and tours. She took great pride in assisting with the management of the choir robes, earning her the nickname â€˜Robe-o-copâ€™. She perhaps did not have the best voice, but always sang with vigour. In partnership with the Saskatoon Community Foundation, a post-secondary scholarship has been established for a Marion M. Graham Collegiate Institute graduating student that best exemplifies the qualities Lauren exhibited in their music program; enjoyment, support of the program, and enthusiasm.
Laurenâ€™s friends and family describe her as one of the most loyal, caring and genuine girls to be around. Lauren is deeply missed and this scholarship will help ensure an ongoing legacy.