It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beautiful Daughter, Penny Kitchen, Age 53 on January 23rd, 2017 in the QEII Hospital surrounded by her family and friends. At Penny’s request her body was donated to Dalhousie University for science.
Penny was born in Halifax, England on January 24th, 1963. She is survived by her mom and dad, Lawrence and Dorothy Kitchen, brother Peter and his wife Lisa, sister Patricia (Phonchareon) and her husband Dang Phonchareon, five nieces and nephews, who she loved very much, Jason Phonchareon, Fiona Kitchen, Joshua Phonchareon, Finnian Kitchen and Grady Kitchen. She also has many relatives in Canada, US and the UK. Penny’s dog Peppy was very special to her.
Penny graduated from St. Mary’s University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, she later attended NSCC where she obtained a Diploma in Web-Design.
She was a fierce advocate for human rights. On the 39th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Dec. 10th, 1987 she received an award from the Government of Nova Scotia. Penny enjoyed participating in the Dalhousie Health Mentors Program. She was also a Board Member of Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunity NSLEO.
Penny’s life and accomplishments were often the subject of news articles, public speaking events using her augmentative communication device and of a CBC documentary released in 1980, which went on to win the ACTRA award for best documentary.
Penny was very passionate about playing the Para-Sport of Boccia. In 2013 Penny won two bronze medals, in the singles and team events at the Canadian Nationals in St. John’s, Newfoundland. In 2014 she came home with a team silver at the Canadian Nationals in Whitby, Ontario. At the Nationals in Vancouver in March 2016 she won a pairs bronze medal.
The family would like to thank Dr. Kelvin Young, her nurse Marsha and the other staff members of Cancer Care Nova Scotia and her dedicated personal care attendants for the excellent support and care that she received.
Penny, you lived such a courageous and inspiring life! Despite the enormous challenges placed in front of you, the discrimination you faced, the heartache you felt … you lived your life to the fullest and taught so many of us about love, laughter, dignity, faith, patience, perseverance and generosity. You will be missed dearly by your family and many, many friends.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held at 2:00 pm., on January 28th at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.
2096 Windsor St, Halifax, NS B3K 5B1
Refreshments will be served in the church hall following the service
A gathering for all family and friends will be held at Patricia’s home at 7:00 pm, 6046 Cherry Street, Halifax. Donations in Penny’s name may be made to the Refugee Fund at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 2096 Windsor St, Halifax, NS, B3K 5B1 or online at