Boarding a helicopter on the oil rig he was working on, Jamie Walters of Margaree had the feeling there was something terribly wrong.
That feeling was confirmed when he got on land on March 25 and was told that he and wife Trudy’s only child — Jasmin Walters, 19 years of age — had died in a two-vehicle accident on the Trans-Canada Highway near St. Fintan’s.
Walters said he has no regrets about anything in his daughter’s life, the only exception being that it was too short.
He said as a Type 1 diabetic she struggled through life and overcame an awful lot of obstacles during those years.
She was active from the get go and was especially devoted to playing hockey and being a natural born leader.
Ms. Walters started out with the Port aux Basques Blaze team, then with the Twin Town Breakers in the Port au Choix/Port Saunders area and in Triple A level with the Western Warriors.
While playing hockey she wore No. 8 and had DS on her shoulder to keep the memory of a fellow hockey player – David Stone — alive. David, also from Margaree and an avid hockey player, died in an accident at 13 years of age back in February of 2013.
“She had a really big heart for a young girl,” her dad said.
Her latest venture was taking a hairstyling course at College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville Crossing.
“This was her true calling. It lit her right up when she was at it and her instructor and fellow students were really a second family,” Walters said.
He said the support from the college and hairstyling program was phenomenal, as was hearing from people right across the island and country.
“Jasmin was a private person and always thought about the good in others. I never knew she touched so many people,” he said.
On Feb. 25, Ms. Walters won a silver medal at the Skills Canada competition held in Gander.
Her instructor Martha Wall, said it was through true determination that Walters got to go, first stating her desire to represent the school, then winning an in-house competition.
Her dad said the win meant the world to her, carrying around her medal wherever she went.
Wall said with hairstyling, Ms. Walters always did what she liked and was comfortable with, putting her own flair on it and showing her talent.
Feeling challenged by the course, her instructor gave her a Christmas message to not let anyone stand in her way.
“It’s obvious she took that advice as she was working at being the best she could be,” Wall said.
While it won’t be in place for this graduation, Wall is starting a scholarship in Ms. Walter’s name.
“We’ll use her name as an example of determination from here on in. She might be gone, but she’ll never leave my classroom.”
Her dad plans on attending a graduation on Tuesday where two awards, already determined to go to Ms. Walters, will be given out posthumously.
Sheldon John Pilgrim Memorial Award:
Awarded to a student enrolled in any full-time certificate or diploma level program (preferably Industrial Trades) at the Bay St. George campus who lives with a mental illness, demonstrates an ambition to succeed, a commitment to his/her program and has a positive work ethic.
Salon Seventy Award:
Awarded to a full-time student in the hairstylist program who demonstrates exceptional performance in the practical area.