Kim Rudd, former Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Peterborough South Passes Away After Lengthy Battle with Ovarian Cancer

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A true entrepreneur, Kim was a former owner of both Cook’s Day School, Willis College, and Archer CPR Training.  In 2011, she was awarded an RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur award which specifically recognized her impact on the local economy.  However, Kim’s impact on our community was far greater than this.  She was a dedicated leader who gave her time and talents to the many causes in which she believed.  Kim was involved in numerous local charitable organizations, including serving as the President of the Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee of Northumberland.  Kim was a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Cobourg and actively involved with local sports groups, including baseball and hockey.

Beyond our own community, Kim had an extensive career in public service. She served as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Training Completion Assurance Fund Secretariat (TCAF); Vice-President of the Association of Career Colleges; and she was the founding Executive Director of the Association of Private Colleges.  Most recently, Kim served as a consultant to the Canadian Nuclear Association.

Kim culminated her life of public service with her 2015 election as the first Member of Parliament for the Riding of Northumberland-Peterborough South. She was then appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources. Kim also served as Chair of the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus and was a member of the Federal Standing Committees of both Finance and Natural Resources. In these capacities, Kim served locally, nationally and internationally with her deep love for Canada at the forefront of all the roles she took on. Her life was governed by her strong desire to give back to all those she possibly could.

Kim’s greatest success, however, was her family.  Kim was happiest when she was surrounded by her loved ones who gathered regularly and travelled together extensively.  Kim was, and will remain, the heart of this family.

Kim is lovingly remembered and will be deeply missed by her beloved husband Tom Rudd, daughter, Alison Rudd and her wife, Kathy Johnson, daughter, Stefanie Rudd and her husband, Ziyad Sidawi, grandchildren Morgan Johnson, Avery Koehn, Hobie Johnson-Rudd and his wife, Ridhi Sharma, and Amira Sidawi.

Kim will also be missed by her many friends and colleagues.

Kim’s family would like to express their profound gratitude to all the medical professionals and staff who supported Kim during this time, particularly Drs Kate Everdell, Stephanie Lheureux, and Kirsten Smerdon.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that you consider donations in Kim’s memory to:

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