Stephanie Blais Memorial Fund

Our beloved Stephanie Blais (Esquirol) passed away tragically on the evening of August 20th. Stephanie was a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, sister, auntie, cousin, niece, and dear friend, who touched the lives of all those around her. She leaves behind Curtis (husband), Eli (son), Uma (daughter), Braxton (stepson).

Stephanie was killed at the young age of 44 by an unprovoked bear attack in Northern Saskatchewan while at a family cabin with her immediate family. The cabin at McKie Lake has been in the family for 35 years. The family were wilderness and bear trained and experienced. The investigation after showed this was an unprovoked and surprise predatory attack by an old male bear.  The area around the cabin was meticulous and there was nothing that attracted or provoked the bear to attack. 

In these dark moments, we can take some comfort that quick actions prevented this unimaginable tragedy from being even worse. 

Our Stephanie had a zeal for life next to no one else. She was the most loving and passionate mother, who always spoke of how blessed she was to be able to be home and raise her children. These were her most precious days.  She was free spirited, and loved the earth. She shared this with anyone who crossed her path. Her joy, passion, love, compassion, wisdom and selflessness was felt by anyone who had the joy of meeting Stephanie. 

We are all devastated by Stephanie's loss and wanted to set up a way that all those who loved and knew Stephanie would be able to help out her family during these times. 

The funds raised by this will go towards: 
-  Emergency flights 
-  Additional family costs with Curtis needing to be home for now
-  Any other needs Curtis sees fit for their family
- Anything over and above, college fund for the kids

Curtis will be solely in charge of any funds raised. 

Thank you in advance for your support during these trying times. 

Jane Rusbridge
(Stephanie's First Cousin)


It is absolutely incredible how our community comes together in times of need!

Your support is giving Curtis the gift of finding a way forward with his children and finding a way to honour Steph. Given he is self-employed, you are giving him the gift of time and options, and we know a weight will lift with this generosity. It's so much more than we hoped for. Words can't express our families gratitude - so we will simply say THANK YOU!
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Organizer and beneficiary

Jane Rusbridge 
Saskatoon, SK
Curtis Blais