She was a friend, a role model and a colleague of mine. One of the strongest women I have ever met. Nicola always knew the right things to say. I found myself racing down the stairs after my traffic hits just to chit chat. I could go to her with anything and everything. Definitely one of the smartest, kindest and funniest people I have ever met. I loved her like a sister.
Just last week I sent Nicola this photo:
“Haha. Look I have hair!!!!”
Of course she would try to make me laugh even when she was suffering. That’s just who she was.
In the very last message Nicola wrote me she asked me to bring her a wand she had brought back from Disney. It had been sitting at the station sitting right next to our bobble heads. She told me that her niece wanted to use it for a Halloween costume. Again, during her last few hours before heading to Mexico she was thinking about someone else.
She then wrote:
“Thanks Gorgeous xx Congrats on all the exciting things happening in your life- you deserve it! Proud of u.”
This past summer, even though she was struggling to walk, Nicola joined Bob and I at the Dundas Valley School of Art to create some pottery for a charity auction. Again, giving back to her community… thinking of others.
“Rainbows, Sunshine and Unicorns” was our motto. We didn’t care if people thought we were wacky as long as we had fun. Nicola really knew how to have fun. Chair racing during commercial breaks, running down the hallways, interrupting cooking segments to eat the food. Needless to say we had a blast together… and not just at work! Nicola and I would get together to do projects: make inspiration boards, plan future segments, meet for coffee, go shopping, bake etc.
One Christmas Nicola decided that we should surprise everyone on the Morning Show with a gift. She called around and was able to get bobble heads made for the hosts of Morning Live. She secretly sent the photos and organized the order. When they arrived at Christmas we presented them to Bob, Annette and Lori live on the air. Everyone loved them! I know I’ll cherish mine forever.
Lastly, it’s moments like these that really make you stop to think about what’s important in life. Nicola can remind us of that.
Live every day like it’s your last. Take care of your body, your health. Love unconditionally.
I want to share Nicola’s favourite interview of all time. She loved telling people’s stories and this is definitely a memorable one. (Nic… I know this interview meant soo much to you) :
“Your love was my miracle.” Love you always,
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