Remembering Taylor Mitchell

A year ago today, on October 28, 2009, we lost a lovely and talented woman. Singer-songwriter Taylor Mitchell had just left her home in Toronto for an East Coast tour, promoting her acclaimed new record, For Your Consideration. On her day off, instead of napping through the afternoon or seeking out wi-fi to check her email, like many of us would, Taylor went for a hike in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. She was an environmentalist, loved the outdoors, and recognized her unique opportunity to experience Canada’s wilderness and beauty in her travels. Tragically, Taylor was attacked by coyotes while hiking in the park and died from her injuries.

Taylor’s mother Emily, always behind her daughter and a great supporter of folk music, has established the Taylor Mitchell Legacy Trust and a partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation in her memory.

The Legacy Trust funds will go towards:

– community outreach to educate about habitat preservation, the delicate balance between human and wildlife interaction in both natural and urban settings, as well as safety precautions.
– outreach in the schools to promote musical/creative expression and aspirations among youth (Taylor herself had released a critically acclaimed CD at only 18).
– an annual youth bursary administered by the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (Taylor was a member) to be given to a young and aspiring musician.
– donations to the David Suzuki Foundation for programs like wildlife and habitat protection.

In memory of Taylor and her deep connection to the environmental cause, the public can also donate directly to the David Suzuki Foundation at 1-800-453-1533 x 1243 or online at http://www.davidsuzuki.org/taylormitchell.

Taylor’s memory remains strong in her music and words. Please consider supporting the Legacy Trust to further expand on the good work she has done and enhance the world she left behind.

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