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Chelsea Lewis memorial ride June 1, 2 to support TRU bursary

The second annual ride in memory of the teen will be one of three events aimed at raising funds
Chelsea Lewis stands next to her beloved Jimmy “Cricket” which she worked on herself, along with her dad Mike Lewis. (Photo submitted)

The family of Chelsea Lewis are hosting a memorial ATV ride on June 1 and 2 to raise more funds in support of women in trades.

This is the second annual memorial ride in Chelsea’s honour to celebrate the young woman’s passion for adventure. The family will also hold a raffle and a fundraising dinner later in the summer as well, with those dates yet to be determined.

Chelsea died in an ATV crash on August 7, 2022, just weeks before she was supposed to begin school at UBC Okanagan but had always been passionate about working with equipment. Chelsea was 17 years old at the time of her death.

To honour Chelsea, her family started a bursary in her memory in 2023 for women entering a trades program at TRU Williams Lake.

This year, a $2,000 bursary will be awarded to a student in Chelsea’s honour.

The family hopes to continue to grow the bursary and hope to eventually have the bursary be self-sustaining.

Those wishing to contribute to the the fundraising efforts can do so with cash donations towards the events, by providing an item for the ride or door prizes, by donating directly to the memorial fund through Thompson Rivers University’s website, using the ways to give option and then memorial gifts.

“We are hopeful that these combined events will continue to expand and provide support to more aspiring tradeswomen in the future, while also introducing others to the abundance of outdoor adventure in the Cariboo,” stated the family.

For more information or to arrange a donation, contact Mike Lewis at or Barb Jones at or go to the Adventures for Chelsea Facebook page.

The family would like people to let them know if they do donate, so they can thank them personally, as TRU does not notify them when donations take place.

READ MORE: Family of Chelsea Lewis start TRU bursary for Williams Lake women in her honour

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Ruth Lloyd

About the Author: Ruth Lloyd

I moved back to my hometown of Williams Lake after living away and joined the amazing team at the Williams Lake Tribune in 2021.
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