DOM - Shattered Dreams
Kimmy — a story of love and loss
By Jennifer Dagsvik, WCB Alberta
Like two excited children with their whole lives ahead of them, Mitch and Kim set out for the long drive from Mississauga, Ontario to Edmonton, Alberta. Their road trip would take many days, but for the young newlyweds, the journey was an adventure. For them it meant leaving the past behind and finally realizing their dream of building a future together out west.
19‐year‐old Kimberly‐Anne had never been out of Ontario, but the vivacious brown‐eyed beauty was open to all possibilities — as long as she and Mitch were together. Mitch knew the opportunities were endless in his home province of Alberta — with some hard work, a wise investment and a plan — the blueprints for their future would be rolled out. So with the wind at their backs, they headed west.
When Mitch remembers back to those days, sweet memories come flooding back.
“Kim was like a little girl,” says Mitch. “She had an innocence to her — a beautiful woman who always saw the good in everyone else. She was far more mature than I and wise beyond her years.”
Once they got to Edmonton, Mitch and Kim worked as a team. They bought a Bobcat excavator which Kim learned to manoeuvre around like a toy. Their plan was working — jobs were coming fast and furious and within the first year, the young Sinclairs were benefiting from the booming economy. They had the world by the tail. Tragically, those dreams didn’t last for long.
Early one Saturday afternoon after leaving the jobsite, Kim and Mitch were driving home on Highway 14 with the Bobcat in back. As usual, the ever‐cautious Kim was driving and as she approached the Sherwood Park overpass, a transport truck was about to merge onto the busy highway. Kim moved the vehicle into the left passing lane, but at the same time, another pickup pulled out from behind the semi and into the same lane—right into the path of Kim and Mitch. The impact pushed their vehicle into the underpass concrete pillar.
“I saw the concrete wall coming at us and I knew it was going to hit her side,” says Mitch, tears welling up as he recalls that moment. “I tried to pull Kim over to my side, but she had her seat belt on and she died right in front of me.”
Kim was only 20 years old. Her sudden death shattered Mitch’s life — their hopes and dreams gone in a split second. It was a life changing moment which happened nearly eighteen years ago, but her loss still haunts Mitch to this day.
Mitch honours Kim’s memory by continuing a memorial at the spot where she was killed those many years ago. He passionately urges Albertans to take a moment on April 28th — Day of Mourning to remember the hundreds of workers who have been fatality injured. For the family and loved ones they’ve left behind, Mitch knows only too well how memories can sometimes be all that’s left.
To commemorate the anniversary of Kim’s death, Mitch often writes poems to his “Kimmy” – words which acutely describe his loss:
“My heart, my soul was swept away; I keep telling myself that it’s okay, the pain will go away one day…I miss you Mommy Bear.”
In 2010, 136 Alberta workers died from workplace injury and disease. Honour their memory; employers and workers can make a difference by working together to keep each other safe everyday.