Natalie Kalia, 24, Licensed practical nurse: “I chose belle, my dog, because she’s family and you never leave family behind.”
Sierra Baker, 7, grade two: “I chose Gus. I like him a lot because he’s cute. And he plays with me.”
Heather Arthur-Groves, 50, moving to the island and setting up new home: “I chose the engagement ring of my grandma, which was given to me from my grandpa at her death bed and the love letters that were written to my grandma from my grandpa. When he was away on the road working for the Hudson Bay Company but also when he was in the states, travelling to his treatments for cancer, the radical new treatment called radiation treatment. The letter are love letters to my grandma when he was away about how much he missed her and the boys and talking about the future and this is the obituary of my grandpa. And those are my treasures. I can’t replace this. I couldn’t remember the words if I didn’t read them.”
Trevor Polysou, 22, welder: “I chose my ring because, it’s the one thing I have with true sentimental value that I couldn’t get from anything else. It’s something that was given to me by my wife on my wedding day. Just as simple as that.”
Madison Johnson, 15, grade ten: “I chose my panda bear EJ. Eric Junior. I chose him because everybody needs a panda in their life and I love him.”
Cody baker, 5, kindergarten: "This is teddy. I like him because he’s snuggly. I really like him. I got him from grammy and grandpa."
Eric Bowling, 19, truck washer (diesel flushing): "This is my girlfriend Madison Johnson. I chose her because she means everything to me and she’s beautiful and I feel empty without her."
Laura Vis, 23, Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts student, I chose my baby blanket because it’s the one object that whenever I’m away on trips, it brings me back home, even when I was in grade 12 I was still bringing it on school trips."
Cindy Polysou, 23, bank acts security clerk: "Because realistically at the end of the day, the more you look at it the more I thought, there’s nothing in here I cant replace the only thing I couldn’t replace is him. As corny as that is, it’s true."
Andre Gress, 24, busser at olive garden: [I chose] my mom’s album, it's not because she passed away that I chose her as a symbol and obvious answer as to what I can’t live without. But because, obviously I’ve been reflecting a lot on what she has given and taught me but knowing who I am today, not because of all the things I’ve learned from everybody, but from her especially. Because for her it was about being persistent with everything I want to do and what I should be doing. She gave me very high morals to achieve and maintain and to always work on myself every day and she was proud of me no matter what."