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Mourning the passing of faculty member Dr. Krista Wilkins

Author: Communications Office

Posted on Nov 12, 2019

Category: News and Notices

Dear members of the UNB community,

It is with deep sadness that I share news of the passing of Dr. Krista Wilkins, associate dean and associate professor in the faculty of nursing on the Fredericton campus. Krista passed away on Thursday, Oct. 31 at the age of 44. 

Please join me in offering sincerest condolences to Krista’s family, friends, colleagues and students.

Originally from Saint John, NB, Krista had a BSc Hons. (1997) and a BScN (2002) from Dalhousie University. She also completed her MN at the University of Manitoba in 2005 and obtained her PhD in cancer control, also from the University of Manitoba, in 2010. She taught various courses at UNB at the undergraduate and graduate level, and served as an academic advisor to students.

A mentor to many, much of Krista’s research focused on cancer survivorship—exploring various aspects of people’s experiences surviving cancer using innovative approaches, which included visual art and stories. Her research depicting people’s cancer experiences was exhibited at the Fredericton Region Museum.

Krista was a member of several faculty of nursing and university committees. She reviewed various books and journal publications and her research was funded by the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF), Harrison McCain Foundation and Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute. She was also the NBHRF Young Health Researcher of the Month for April 2016 and nominated for Young Health Researcher of the Year, among many other awards and distinctions.

Friends, colleagues and students remember Krista as very supportive, caring, and determined, with a great sense of humour. In her spare time, she loved to cross stitch and travel with her husband. She also enjoyed spending time in her RV in Baddeck, NS. 

Support services are available for those affected by Krista’s passing. Faculty and staff can access counselling services by calling 1-844-880-9142. Counselling services are available for students by calling 453-4820 in Fredericton or 648-2309 in Saint John.

A funeral service occurred on Monday, Nov. 4. Condolences can be made online. Flags were lowered on both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses on Thursday, Nov. 7. Krista will be missed by all who knew her and our thoughts are with her family.


Dr. Paul J. Mazerolle

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