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Community rallies around dying Nanaimo woman after being evicted from home


With only a few months left to live, Nanaimo Sharon Kowalchuk was recently placed on palliative care by her doctor.

What could only be described as the worst news one person could receive, the Nanaimo resident’s situation became considerably worse.

On February 28th, Nickerson’s landlord, Duart Rampton served her and her husband with a verbal eviction notice and was given two weeks to leave the residence.

On Wednesday, the landlord shut off the heat and power to the couple’s apartment.

Shawn Nickerson, a support worker at Kowalchuk, launched a GoFundMe in hopes of helping her out.

Without any other options and a medical need to fill her oxygen tank, Kowalchuk has now been temporarily moved to a hotel for her safety as her support worker and her husband Gary Casey work to figure out a better option for her.

“She tried to pay her rent on the 28th of Feb and he refused to take it,” said Kowalchuk on the GoFundMe page.

“He sent someone to her door to intimidate her by saying she had to be out today or that he would be back.”

In two days since Kowalchuk’s eviction was made public, the community has rallied around her to help raise $34,000 to help ensure she is able to live her days with stability.

The GoFundMe can be found here if you would like to donate.

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