April 24, 1960 — March 8, 2023
Aisha Ravindran passed away on March 8, 2023, in the presence of her husband, Brendan, and her close friend, Sherry. Aisha was born in Kerala, India, where she completed her PhD in English Literature based on the poet Muriel Rukeyser. She taught at St. Theresa’s College, Kerala as an Assistant Professor, then moved to the UAE to teach at MAHE Manipal University, followed by George Mason University and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. She migrated to Canada in 2014 to complete a PhD in Education (which she planned on defending in the Summer/Fall of 2023) at Simon Fraser University and was also an Associate Professor of Teaching at University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus. She touched the lives of many that she interacted with, from her colleagues and her students to the many friends she made around the world. Her work as an educator was central to her motivation in life. She never shied away from taking on challenges and met them with gusto and drive. Such was also the case when she became ill with cancer; her will to live and achieve her dreams were her strength and motivation to carry out her activities despite her struggle with her illness. She will be missed by her husband, her mother, niece, her extended family, as well as by her colleagues and friends.
Her family is grateful to her GP, Dr Zeits Hendriks; her oncologist Dr. Sanjay Rao; the nurses and staff at the BC Cancer division of Kelowna General Hospital; and the community nurses at Interior health for their various contributions in helping alleviate her illness.
Any donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation and specifically directed to pancreatic cancer research.
A private cremation ceremony was held on March 18, 2023, to honour Aisha.
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