‘How lucky we are to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to.’
Karen Kochan was born in Humboldt, SK. on June 1, 1972. Shortly after her family moved & has remained in Winnipeg, MB.
Karen took great pride in being a strong student, earning a B.Comm (honours) degree at the University of Manitoba. Through her work as a Wealth Advisor and Portfolio Manager with the Henderson Kochan Wealth Advisory Group, she positively impacted so many lives. Karen married the love of her life, Paul, in 2001, and their beloved son, Max was born in 2005. So began the most fulfilling period of Karen's life. Her love for Paul and Max was incredibly deep, and she found true joy in watching Max grow up and in sharing so many laughs and adventures with them both. During Karen's nine-month battle with adrenal cancer, she inspired many with her strength and courage. Her amazingly positive outlook on life truly enriched the lives of those around her, despite her suffering. Her words and actions conveyed her philosophy that each day is a gift that we need to learn to appreciate. Karen also believed that we are given a miracle every day, and would often tell people what the "miracle of her day" was. She was an inspiration to many, and she cherished the love and support of each member of her family and each one of her friends.
In Karen’s honour we will be strong & focus on feeling grateful & happy to have such great memories built over years of fun-filled times working closely together. We have lost a great friend & heaven has certainly gained an angel. We will strive to live the lessons she taught us through her life – to be kind, strong & courageous, to find joy & to laugh every day.
To honour Karen's memory we suggest donations may be made in accordance with Karen's wishes to the Karen Kochan Scholarship Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation, 1350 One Lombard Place, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X3. Telephone: 204-944-9474
. The scholarship will be used in years to come to help hard-working young women achieve their goals.
The inaugural Karen Kochan Memorial Golf Tournament took place on August 14, 2017. Over $30,000 was raised in support the Karen Kochan Scholarship Fund. Stay tuned for the date for the 2018 tournament.