Tamerra London tragically lost her life on November 22, 2020. A bright young leader who leaves behind her a powerful legacy of change in Sudbury and in Toronto, her impact immeasurable and inspiring.Today, the flags on campus have been lowered to honour her life and legacy. Her mother, Caprice Rowland, shared this text to help us all remember Tamerra and the positive impact she's had for so many.
“Tamerra was born a natural leader and carer with a gist for humanity and the environment which influenced her way of life, of being, and doing.
She loved the outdoors which made studying at Laurentian University, a perfect setting for the tranquility that she craved and an opportunity to embrace the natural environment in all its glory. Tamerra loved fishing with her dad, skiing and snowboarding, and hiking with me and her friends.
Tamerra lived by these words, which I would share with her time and time again: “in order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” And, quoting Babe Ruth, “never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” She also loved to quote Marie Curie: "nothing in life is to be feared: it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may be fearless."
At twenty-two years of age, Tamerra was fearless in her pursuit of life. She loved volunteering, giving back to the community, as evident in Toronto and Sudbury, where she served as a board member of Black Lives Matter Sudbury, the Heart & Stroke and Make-A-Wish foundations, and She Matters, just to name a few. She loved life, her family and friends, including those less fortunate, whom she passionately tended to through her numerous volunteering roles, which started from the tender age of ten.
Tamerra was loved by all. She was a hard worker, both in and out of the classroom. She was diligent in her roles and responsibilities as a volunteer, a daughter, an aunt, a sister, a niece, a cousin, and a friend.
As Desmond Tutu said, “do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” We are proud of our little girl who came into this world in an ordinary way but grew to be an extraordinary young woman. She did her little bit of good. She is surely missed by all.”
-Caprice Rowland, Tamerra’s mother