On June 25, 1988, Leanne Palylyk and family friends were making a short trip to Red Deer when their car was struck by an impaired driver in a half-ton truck. All of the four car occupants were killed. Though Leanne, at age eleven, was too soon taken from us, we see this scholarship as a way to honour her and to celebrate her life and many talents. We at YouthWrite believe she would have been a plucky YouthWriter for life!
Leanne was a lovely green-eyed dark-haired girl with a rare gift for writing that began, at age 5, with her own handwritten interpretation of Cinderella. The stories and poems that she wrote showed a talent well beyond her years and displayed her vivid imagination, cheeky humour, and unusual insight. Leanne was a gentle, tender-hearted and affectionate child who loved and was loved by her brother and sister, her mom and dad, and her dog Pepe, as well as a variety of animals, from dogs to frogs, that she rescued and nurtured. Losing her at the age of eleven left a great void in all our lives -- and we will miss her and cherish her forever. - Fern Jordan
Leanne's teacher Colleen Woloshyn writes: "During her short lifetime, Leanne touched the hearts and lives of many people. With her life coming to a tragic end at an early age, Leanne left behind a lifetime dream of becoming a published author."