St. Michael’s staffers remembered at service

“This was not a good year for the friends of St. Michael’s,” Rae-Anne Wood said as she struggled to control her emotions.
Wood, a Grade 1 teacher at St. Michael’s School here, was addressing an assembly of staff, family, and friends who had gathered in the gymnasium last Friday for a special dedication ceremony in remembrance of two staff members who both succumbed to breast cancer over the past year.
Yvette Kadikoff of Fort Frances and Cindy Mowe from Stratton both were educational assistants at the local Catholic elementary school. Kadikoff died on Christmas Eve, 2003 while Mowe lost her struggle on March 24 of this year.
In their memory, the school planted two trees—one linden and one weeping willow—and also imbedded small plaques with their names engraved.
Originally, the entire ceremony was intended to be outside, but the wet, windy weather forced matters indoors.
Following a brief prayer, Wood, accompanied by James Stewart on guitar, led the assembly in the song, “I Believe in the Sun” and then a poem written by Debbie Heydrick, before everyone moved outside to see the trees and plaques.
Fittingly, the rain stopped and the skies began to clear as the ceremony broke up, revealing blue skies that prevailed throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.
Afterwards, Wood shared a few private thoughts about her friends.
“They were wonderful friends,” she recalled. “They were both beautiful women, dedicated to the children—hearts of gold.
“I’d like them to be remembered as good friends and loving mothers,” she added.
Every second October has been designated by the Canadian Cancer Society as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.