The Advisory Council staff and members were saddened to hear of Kate Poole’s death. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends.
In her honour we are sharing her memorial.
Katherine Anne Poole, Kate, 54, of Goose River, P.E.I., died Monday, November 22, 2010, after a long illness. She is survived by her loving partner, Susan Traill; her beloved daughter, Megan Nichole Poole; her mother, Mary (MacKinnon) Poole; her aunt, Henrietta (MacKinnon) Morrison; and her brothers, Barry, Leslie, David, Randy and Alex Poole; and was predeceased by her father, Milton Poole.
Kate grew up at Poole’s Corner. She enjoyed traveling, but remained a lifelong resident of P.E.I. Ever the renaissance woman, she explored a myriad of interests and her artistic talents; refining her expression in wood-working, stained-glass and glass etching, painting, jewelry, film-making, singing, songwriting and music.
Kate studied forestry in New Brunswick and returned to work as a forestry technician in the Forestry Department and later at MacPhail Woods, Orwell, where she also created the displays in the education center. Kate’s life grew to center around her spirituality and for many years she led a weekly “Course In Miracles” group in Charlottetown. She introduced Laughter Yoga to P.E.I. and held drumming circles on a regular basis. She also co-founded Rock Barra Artist Retreat with Teresa Doyle, located on the north shore of Kings County. There she created the popular woodland trail, grounds and gardens and conducted workshops there in the summers. Kate considered Rock Barra her sanctuary.
Besides being remembered for her exquisite art and creations she will be remembered most for her outrageous courage, crazy down-to-earth humour, ever curious mind, BIG BIG HEART, sweet sweet singing, colourful storytelling, great hugs and the eyes and face of an angel. The wonder of Kate is that she was not a saint, but fully human – a one of a kind. She will be deeply missed.
All are welcome to attend a gathering called “Celebration of Life ~ Kate Poole ~ Artist of The Soul”, on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 3 pm till 11pm at the YLofts, 252 Prince St. (the old YMCA building) in Charlottetown. A programmed tribute to Kate will run from 4pm to 5:30pm followed by pot luck, a community open mic and jam for all with songs, stories memories to share. A gallery of Kate’s art will be on display as well. Please bring a contribution for pot luck and BYOB. Coffee and tea will be provided. Those wishing to make a monetary donation, to either MacPhail Woods Forestry Project or Rock Barra Retreat, can make either project name and can be mailed to MacPhail Woods Forestry Project c/o Gary Schneider, Box 11 Belfast, PE, C0A 1A0 or to Rock Barra Retreat. c/o Teresa Doyle, RR3 Belfast, PE, C0A 1A0