We Remember


Traveling to Nicaragua was just the beginning of what Areal Bornau had planned.

The 22-year-old Kelowna girl wanted to travel the world, learn another culture and later study the fine arts as a tattoo apprentice at Emily Carr University.  Areal was a talented artist and her spirit of adventure led her to temporarily leave her position as a first aid attendant in Fort St. John and spend a month backpacking throughout Nicaragua.

But over the weekend, a knock on the door of her parents’ home in Kelowna brought the worst news that the family could ever have imagined.  Areal had passed away during her stay at the Elizabeth hostel in San Juan del sur.

On Sunday night Areal’s parents, brother and sisters spoke of Areal’s legacy, passion for life, her perspective on life and how her kindhearted nature should serve as an inspiration to others.

“I just want to live for a change; that’s what this next month is all about.  Living, experiencing and enjoying life,” she told her sister, “I want to see nature, wildlife, and the ocean…I’m excited for my first real backpacking/traveling trip.”

Areal left on April 25th and never looked back, except for a few emails sent to her family.

“So far it’s going good: just relaxing and figuring out a little about myself and life. Trying to learn what will truly bring me happiness.”  Areal wrote in May. “I’m doing more soul searching and I’ve realized it’s up to me to be happy.”

For her sister and father, Areal’s last days in Canada lives on in the form of a handful of pictures taken at her grandparents place and along Vancouver’s English Bay beach.

Areal Bornau, 22, passed away on the evening of May 8th, 2014 during her backpacking trip in Nicaragua.  Survived by her loving parents Ed and Charlene Bornau and her siblings: Corey, Destiny, Carmell, and Bobbi.  She spent her last few days relaxing on the gorgeous beaches, swimming in the ocean and contemplating life.  She has been reunited with her best friend and walking partner, Cocco, the Pomeranian.

Since learning of Areal’s death, her family has been over whelmed by the outpouring of support from neighbors, friends, teachers, and acquaintances.  Her family finds small comfort in realizing how many lives Areal touched.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  – 2 Corinthians 2:18

A Celebration of Areal’s Life will be held on Monday, June 2nd at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”


Monday, June 2nd at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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