Jennifer Joanna Budding (nee van Dyk)

28-Feb-1970 - 08-Dec-2019

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Jennifer Joanna Budding (nee van Dyk)

February 28, 1970 - December 8, 2019

It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Jennifer Joanna Budding on Sunday, December 8, 2019. She leaves behind her loving husband Paul; son Leo; parents: Tina and Leo van Dyk; brothers: John (Monika), James (Lara); sister Margaret (James); parents-in-law Lynn and John Budding; sisters-in-law: Tanya and Joanne; nieces: Julianne, Jessica, Kylie, Hannah, Lia, Emma, Elle; and nephews: Dylan, Nathan, and Dawson.  She also leaves behind numerous family in Victoria, Ontario and Holland, along with many friends and colleagues in the Duncan school community.

Jennifer was born and raised in Victoria, BC and graduated from the University of Victoria with her Bachelors of Education, and later earned her Masters.  She began her teaching career in the Cowichan School District, teaching first at Mt. Prevost and then Cowichan Secondary. She coached field hockey at the District and at the Provincial level, winning numerous National Championships. Her impact on students, faculty and families in the Cowichan Valley was immense. Everyone knew Jen! She was an outdoor enthusiast, and loved all animals. Her goodness will be missed by all of those who loved her.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jennifer’s memory may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (

A Celebration of Life is planned for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Shawnigan Lake School, 1975 Renfrew Road. Celebration will take place in the chapel, with reception to follow in the Marian Hall. 

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Funeral Details

  • Celebration of Life

    Shawnigan Lake School

    Event Times:

    21-Dec-2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Posted by Harpreet Jaswal | 03-Jan-2020

I’m very sad to hear about Miss Van Dyk’s passing. She truly was special person and I’m grateful our paths crossed. She was more than just a PE teacher. She was a friend, someone who was always there to put a smile on your face and always had time for you. She had this sparkle in her eyes and her smile was infectious. Rest in Peace. Sending my prayers to her family and colleagues.

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