The Carey Projects

Carey was, in the truest sense, awe-inspiring and will remain in our hearts forever.  Carey’s presence was impactful on all the lives she touched. She loved to share ideas and converse, whether it was a debate about global issues or a cup of tea and a conversation about social events, Carey always gave it her all. She empowered others to believe they were loved and could effect change on a macro or micro level.

What Carey enjoyed most was engaging in “Thought Experiments" - these are a community of people getting together to discuss real-world problems and generate solutions that challenge the assumptions of resources and cultural beliefs, and are sustainable.   Our first mission with The Carey Projects is for students to submit a proposal about one of Carey’s “big ideas” in Global Affairs at The University of Toronto. We are looking to facilitate Carey’s interest and desire by inspiring students to propose effective ways to address questions Carey had about these issues.  An award will be available to a University of Toronto undergraduate student team, with the selected entry based on the ideals Carey valued: insight, creativity, and interdisciplinary connections. The selected student team would receive support for actionable steps toward implementing solutions through collaboration with other organizations.  At this time, we are working to raise enough of an endowment for the project to fund itself for decades to come.

As time progresses, The Carey Projects will delve into suicide education, in particular, teaching others about what we term "the ripple effect."  This tragedy has affected so many more people than Carey or our immediate family. In our short time learning more about suicide, we have learned that most people who take their own life do not understand the effect on those left behind.  We are confident that if Carey had given the ripple effect any thought, she would have sought other options. Another area The Carey Projects will develop, at some level, is more suicide awareness and education as well as mental health support on college campuses. 

Time will tell where we go with all of this, but certainly the “Thought Experiments” are step one as her friends, professors, and classmates at UofT can develop Carey’s questions into applied solutions.

This fund is created by Carey's family, Cheryl, Owen and Kile, from Massachusetts and Will from Chicago.   These funds will be used to allow college students with winning entries to apply their projects into actionable steps and help create global change.  In addition, the funds will support educating others about suicide and the impact that it has on those left behind.  The money raised will be sent to parties either through invoices for services related to the cause, or expenses paid for the actionable plan.  Cheryl and Owen will be responsible for withdrawing funds from this account and place the funds into The Carey Projects bank account that is authorized by us.  Any invoices or awards will be paid directly by check to the invoicing company or awardees from this account.  In the future, visit

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Cheryl Davis
Worcester, MA

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