Last week, I recieved news that my best friend Matt's mother passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Legacy is one word I use to describe Donna Gallant. Matthew (Selah) has been a very positive influence in my life. His brother Micah has brought me laughter and heart attacks (back when he drove for our youth group... he was crazy :P)
She planted seeds of the gospel into my heart at an early age. I think I was about maybe 6 or 7 and my mother got a phone call inviting me to a VBS at her house. I vaguely remember going there, playing in the field that overlooked Cannington and learning about Creation, singing a few old school Jesus songs. The Gallant's old house was right near the top of the hill on Park Street, just near the Water Tower with Zachy's Hill just a stone's throw away. Anywho, back on track: Mrs. Gallant was also a substitute teacher while I was in Elementary at old CPS and I remember having her frequently coming in subbing for whoever was sick or away. As a kid, I (and the other classmates... I am not alone here) would likely drive her nuts, but still saw a loving twinkle in her eye as she served the kids in various classes.
Perhaps my favorite memory of Mrs. Gallant is at hockey games. Matthew spent several years as a goalie for my brother's hockey teams, through bad weather and strange new towns like Manvers and northern towns of Haliburton and Minden she took her son (and others who needed rides) with dedication. She was also a very enthusiastic audience member, with literal bells and whistles. Every time I return home for KBHL Hockey, I hear a ringing in my ears. I miss that. I miss the community that came with our hockey. Donna was a strong woman, with a passion for evangelism, Sunday School and Creation. Her attitude was always positive. Always.
Legacy is what she left, her great qualities were passed down to 3 great children to pass on to their future generations. Matt, Micah, Megan: May God bless you as you pass on this legacy.
Donna, thank you for the Godly example you left.