In May of 2008, my sister, Teri Taylor-Tunski was diagnosed with cancer and for three horrible months she fought with every ounce of energy to live. Despite the best efforts of doctors and an heroic effort by Teri, we lost her early in the morning of August 6th, 2008. The only thing left that was still working by then was her huge heart and it continued beating on its own for many hours until its inevitable silence took over.

In the aftermath of this, Teri left behind her husband and companion of almost 30 years, Kirby, plus son Tom, who was 9 at the time and daughter Gracie who was 4 years old.

Teri was widely regarded as a superstar in the Edmonton teaching ranks and as a show of support over 400 people attended the memorial service.

The T3 Fund
After the waters became more still, the rest of the family decided that something should be set up in memory of Teri, something that would do well for the community as well as keeping her name in our minds on a regular basis. It is important for the kids and also for the rest of our family, as she certainly was a force of nature.

The T3 Fund was established at the end of 2008 and it was created through the umbrella of the Edmonton Community Foundation (who does the paperwork, including the distribution of charitable receipts.)

Each year the family gets together for the sole purpose of selecting charities that would be in keeping with what Teri believed in. Many of these allocations will be in the area of education, but as we sort through the possible causes to support, that will no doubt, expand.

The end result is that we envision both Tom and Grace eventually taking over control of this fund when they are mature enough, so that they can continue to do good works in the name of their mother.

Those who wish to donate to this fund are invited to download this PDF form (link button under Teri's photo)and send your donations in. The Edmonton Community Foundation will distribute charitable receipts for any donation over 20 dollars.

As a family we hope that you will consider donating. At this point, we have nearly $350,000 in the fund and the greater the fund, the more we can donate to worthy causes.