Fund Type: Scholarships & Bursaries
Community: Prince George
Amanda died tragically on January 7, 2022, as a result of a ski accident near Nelson. Amanda was living and working in Nelson for the Ministry of Forests as a Silvicultural Systems Researcher. She embraced the Nelson community with its fabulous outdoor recreational opportunities. She loved both winter and summer sports of all kinds. She played with the Canadian Women’s National Baseball Team for 15 years and she was most proud when the team won a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in 2015. She also played NCAA hockey and softball, as well as CIS hockey for two years with the UBC Thunderbirds Women’s Hockey Team.
Amanda was born and raised in Prince George, B.C.. She attended Brown University where she obtained a B.Sc. in Human Biology. She went on to graduate school at UBC and she obtained a Master of Science and then a Ph.D. in Forestry. She worked with Dr. Suzanne Simard (her Supervisor and Advisor) on the “Mother Tree”, “Intelligent Trees”, and other projects. Amanda’s research was focused on kin selection in trees and their communication in underground mycorrhizal fungal networks.
Amanda is survived by loving family, friends, and teammates around the world. This is such a tragic and unexpected loss. She was full of life and our lives will never be the same without her. Her utterly amazing legacy will live on in the memories of all who knew and loved her. Rest in peace Amanda Bear.
The purpose of the fund is to create a lasting legacy in the name of Amanda Asay with the creation of two memorial awards. One award will be allocated to a student attending post-secondary school from School District 57 in Prince George, British Columbia and one from School District 8 in Nelson, British Columbia. Preference will be given to female students, going on to post-secondary education, who participate in hockey, ringette, baseball or softball. An award will be disbursed to each School District annually.