DCMF and The Country Day School partner to honour beloved teacher Steph Collins

In the fall of 2019, we received a heartbreaking call from The Country Day School (CDS) in King City. Ms. Steph Collins, beloved long-time teacher, had tragically passed away from melanoma at the age of 41. Steph had requested that CDS partner with DCMF to bring sunscreen dispensers to the school.

Steph had taught in the Junior School since 2003. Located on a 100-acre property, CDS gave Steph an opportunity to champion outdoor education. She was the driving force behind the launch of the Junior School Outdoor Education program in 2011, which expanded to the Middle School in 2016. Her leadership, generous spirit and love for the environment helped bring this program to life.

Steph saw an opportunity to leave a legacy of awareness, prevention and hope. As a melanoma patient and a teacher, she understood the critical importance of sun protection, especially for children, to reduce the risk of melanoma.

Devastated by the loss of their teacher, colleague and friend, the school was determined to fulfill Steph’s wish. After she passed, the CDS community made donations to DCMF in Steph’s memory. Thanks to their generosity, CDS has set up six sunscreen stations around campus.

In 1995, Steph wrote Life’s Little Instructions according to Steph. The last instruction was ”Become someone’s hero”. The outpouring of grief and support for Steph and the important legacy she has left her students shows us she has done just that.

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