On Friday, Amanda Todd would have turned 16. But as people around the world have come to know, the Port Coquitlam teen never lived to see that day.
Instead, her family and friends will pay tribute to her on Sunday (Nov. 18) through a celebration of life and happy birthday memorial at the Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam.
Todd, who was a Grade 10 student at Coquitlam Alternate Basic Education (CABE) Secondary in Coquitlam, committed suicide on Oct. 10, a month after posting a YouTube video about her experiences battling bullies over an incident that occurred a few years ago.
Her story caught the world's attention, bringing a renewed focus on the issue of bullying in the province.
Sunday's memorial is meant as an opportunity for friends, family and the public to pay tribute to the teen.
Due to the limited number of seats, attendees are asked to RSVP to www.xoxoent.com/ amandarsvp.
The doors are set to open at 12: 30 p.m., with the memorial running from 1: 30 to 3: 30 p.m.
People are also being asked to bring an unwrapped toy, which will be donated to the SHARE Family & Community Services Society for Christmas.
The family has also established the Amanda Todd Legacy.
The initiative is intended to raise money for anti-bullying education and for support programs to help young people with mental health problems and educational initiatives. Donations can be made online to the Vancouver Foundation or any RBC Canada branch under Amanda Todd's Trust Fund.