Obituary For Kristin Legault Donkers

On Friday March 11th, 2022, Kristin Legault Donkers in her 25th year, chose to end her life after a courageous and publicly hard-fought battle with her Mental Illness.

To quote Kristin’s own words, she was exhausted from not getting sustained relief. It was so heart wrenching to know that Kristin didn’t believe anything or anyone would be able to help her. After years of battling her own demons along with the bureaucracy of our Mental Health Care System – the system that she so passionately fought for – failed her.

Kristin will be deeply missed by her Father, Ed Donkers (Shedden), Grandparents, Leo and Joanne Donkers (St. Thomas), her Brothers, Krystian and Krystopher Donkers (Shedden) and her Best Friend, Charlie, her Cat. She now rests in the loving arms of her Mother, Coreen Legault and Grandpapa, Carman Legault.

Kristin was grateful for all the love and compassion from her Friends, most especially to Antonette for always being there to listen and support her during the darkest of times – she believed in Kristin when she couldn’t believe in herself. Kate, was one of the few people throughout her life who truly understood how unbearable her depression was – she knew how to empathize with her daily struggles.

Kristin is survived by her Grandmamma Claudette Legault (Cornwall), Uncles Craig Legault and Robert Donkers (Stephanie), Aunts Carolyn Legault (Ralph), Debbie Legault, and Mary Donkers, cousins Vanessa, Victoria, Alexander, Owen, Kian, Taylor and Lauren. She will also be missed by her Friends, her Schoolmates, her Colleagues, and by those of us who looked to her for inspiration with our own battles with Mental Illness.

Kristin was a first year Master of Social Work Student and Graduate Assistant at the University of Windsor. She recently earned her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology and Disability Studies from King’s University College at Western University. Her future plan was to pursue Law School Studies for an eventual Legal Career in Public Policy, Mental Health and Disability Rights Law and Advocacy.

Kristin had a fervent passion for Mental Health Advocacy and Creating Systemic Change. As an Advocate, an Author, a Crisis Responder, a Lecturer and a Lobbyist, we are incredibly proud of her accomplishments:

• Recipient of the Sharon Johnston Champion of Mental Health for Youth Award through the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in 2018 for Mental Health Advocacy work in her community. #BellLetsTalk

• Recipient of the London-Middlesex Mental Health Champion Award through St. Joseph's Health Care and CMHA Middlesex in 2018 for her commitment to Mental Health Advocacy in the London Community.

• Co-Developed a comprehensive Educational Package designed to facilitate discussions around Mental Health for elementary school-aged students.

• Co-Founded Reading to Flourish, a Mental Health-Related Reading Initiative for young children and their families during the COVID pandemic. https://london.ctvnews.ca/western-students-create-mental-health-website-for-youth-and-parents-1.4953656

• Received grants to fund 100 Mental Health "Coping Toolkits" for CMHA Middlesex Clients experiencing a Mental Health/Addictions Crisis. https://london.ctvnews.ca/london-woman-creates-mental-health-coping-kits-1.5088222

• Authored a series of illustrated children's books on mental health. https://www.childrensmentalhealthseries.com/

• Co-Chair of the London Police Services Board of Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Panel 2021

Forever in our Hearts, Kristin’s Legacy as a Mental Health Advocate will live on as a Dark and Shining example of much needed change in our Mental Health Care System. She tirelessly Lobbied for Legislative Parity between Mental and Physical Health.

While Kristin’s words 'Is Anyone Ever Going To Help Me?' echo in our ears, sadly it seems to be unheard for years from our Mental Health Care and Health Care System. Therefore, we ask that in lieu of flowers please donate to the Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal. Donate to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal - UHCA MWF Don (redcross.ca) https://www.redcross.ca/donate/appeal/donate-to-the-ukraine-humanitarian-crisis-appeal#9cfdcd2b-85a7-4899-ada2-f8bdae8d0939

‘All along you’ve known how important it was to me to make a difference in this world, I would genuinely hope that I’ve done that; that I’ve done my part to make the world a better place. ~ Kristin

Grandma, Joanne Donkers knew how important it was for Kristin to make the world a better place for others and would at times forget about herself. It was her Grandma who stood by her, was her biggest champion, her guardian angel, never wavering in her belief in all that Kristin could be. Joanne and Leo’s love for Kristin remains unconditional and absolute during this heartbreaking time. Kristin will always be our Baby Girl.

You may now truly REST IN PEACE Kristin…

"Suicide is not selfish. Suicide is, normally, death caused by the illness of depression. It is the final symptom. A final collapse under unbearable weight. Suicide is a tragedy. If you have never been close to that edge try not to judge what you can't understand."

A Celebration Of Life for Kristin will be held at a later date.

Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas entrusted with arrangements.

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