January 23, 1994 – May 26, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
Maia was 29 years old when she passed away on May 26, 2023. She was born in Dawson City, Yukon, on January 23, 1994 at the Dawson City Medical Clinic and moved with her family to Nelson, B.C. in 1999.
Maia was a beautiful woman who loved everyone and was loved in return. She had a passion for music, art and dance. She studied guitar and violin as a young girl, writing songs of love and angst. She wrote letters to her tooth fairy and imaginary friends, even when she didn’t have a tooth to put under her pillow.
Maia was a lover of sports and recreation. She loved soccer, snowboarding, skating, camping, swimming and mountain biking.
Maia loved her friends. When she chose you to be her bestie, you were the one who she so generously gave her heart to. Her sister Zoe and brother Liam were her all-time best friends, whom she loved hanging out with and travelling with. She even liked travelling with her parents!
Maia loved a good joke, Family Guy and horror flicks. She and her dad, Larry, shared the same sense of humour. And hosting a party? Maia was the best party host. She loved to see people have a good time and she worked hard to ensure it.
After a devastating car crash in 2013 which left Maia with broken limbs and internal injuries, Maia refused to give in to her pain and went back to university in a wheelchair, finishing her double degree in English and Education at the University of Calgary.
Her first year of teaching took her to Vancouver and the Eaton Arrowsmith private school where she taught a unique class of gifted children. Miss V., as her students called her, was well-loved and respected as an educator.
She dreamt of developing a new curriculum based on Emotional Intelligence. She recently returned to her beloved Nelson and was to begin work with School District 8 in August.
After being hit by a drunk driver in 2013, and despite all the injuries and reconstructive surgeries for her left ankle over the next ten years, Maia never stopped striving for excellence. Her joy and optimism for the future never diminished. She displayed profound courage over this period of time; Maia is our Hero.
Maia is survived by her parents Pat (Henman) and Larry Vezina, her older sister Zoe (Will Terrell), and younger brother Liam (Dasha Popova), and many aunts, uncles and cousins from across the country. She will be missed forever. The world is not as bright as when she was here.
The family would like to thank the hospital nurses and doctors for their deep empathy and compassion.
Maia, we love you
to the moon and back.
A Celebration of Maia’s life will take place at the Taghum Hall in Taghum, B.C.,
Sunday, July 2 from 1 pm to 3 pm.