Some terrible things have happened around the world in the past few weeks and it’s easy for us to get bogged down with all the negativity that circulates in the news. But there are always little rays of sunshine during those dark times that show the goodness in the human race. One of those little rays came from the Canadian victim of the London Bridge attack.
Chrissy Archibald, 30, was one of seven people killed when three men drove a truck through a crowd of pedestrians and then got out to stab a crowd of people. She had moved to London to be with her fiancé, Tyler Ferguson, who was living there on business.
Chrissy was well-known and loved throughout her B.C. town of Castlegar for her charity and kindness. She studied social work at Mount Royal University and worked at the Alpha House Society in Calgary, an organization that aids, rehabilitates and houses people with substance-abuse problems. She also volunteered with local charities in her community.
‘She was quite connected to the shelter and the staff and the clients,’ Alpha House’s executive director told the Globe and Mail, ‘The work came very naturally to her. She had a real affinity for the people that we serve.’
— Dan Mears (@danmears1010) June 4, 2017
In her honor, Chrissy’s family has asked people to donate to charities, volunteer and do acts of kindness. They wrote in a statement, ‘Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.’ And that’s exactly what people all over the world are doing. Chrissy’s death has inspired acts of kindness across the globe with everyone sharing their stories using the hashtag #ChrissySentMe.
Today I will put my heart into helping the people in my community who need a friend #chrissysentme
— Knightley-Howarth (@KnightleyH) June 5, 2017
— Margo 🇨🇦 (@margees93) June 5, 2017
Today, with 15 colleagues, we helped to serve over 100 free meals at the soup kitchen in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. #chrissysentme
— TashaCloutier (@tashacloutier) June 6, 2017
— Jeff Phaneuf (@JMikePhan) June 6, 2017
The family of Chrissy’s fiancé will be starting a foundation in her name to carry on the selfless work she started. A close friend of Ferguson’s has also set up a Go Fund Me page in honor of Chrissy to raise funds for Alpha House and United Way in her name.
So go forth and do good deeds, Canada. Tell them Chrissy sent you.