Family remembers bubbly young woman who loved life

Alison Kuniliusie Akumalik: Oct. 28, 1984 — June 8, 2015


Alison Kuniliusie Akumalik: “She liked and loved little children.” (PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANASIE AKUMALIK)

Alison Kuniliusie Akumalik: “She liked and loved little children.” (PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANASIE AKUMALIK)

Alison Kuniliusie Akumalik, 30, of Ottawa, Ont., passed away on June 8 with a fatal aneurysm.

She was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Oct. 28, 1984 to Joanasie and Mary Akumalik.

She briefly went to Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit. She had one child, Amy Ullikatar.

Alison worked hard helping Inuit in the Ottawa area with Tungasuvvingat Inuit. She helped young Inuit women with child care services and employment services.

She liked and loved little children. She loved life and was a very outgoing young woman and very bubbly. She made friends fast. She liked watching hockey.

Alison called and texted her family and friends, even as far as to Scotland, on a daily basis. She made sure Amy was happy.

Alison is survived by her parents, Joanasie and Mary Akumalik, her daughter Amy Ullikatar, her sisters Brenda Kuniliusie, Daniki Paniloo, Angie Akumalik and her only brother, Clayton Esa Akumalik.

A beautiful memorial service was held in Ottawa at the Peace Tower Church and a proper funeral in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Our family would like to thank: the City of Ottawa, the City of Iqaluit, the Civic Hospital in Ottawa, First Air and Canadian North, Kelly’s Funeral Home, Tungasuvingat Inuit and staff, Kakivak Association and staff, QIA, NTI, Grind and Brew, Laurie Pelly and family, the Peace Tower Church and staff, St. Jude’s Anglican Church in Iqaluit, and Jake and his crew for the burial services.

Thank you to Maggie Qillaq and her family for taking care of Amy, Selma Ford and her family for taking care of us while we were in Ottawa, those wonderful people who came to the memorial service in Ottawa, and a lot more people in Ottawa and Iqaluit.

Thank you to my sister Rebecca Akumalik Kalluk, Tommy Kuniliusie, Suzanne McAstocker and Nina Keeyootak for travelling to Iqaluit to attend the funeral.

We apologize to those we did not mention. There are too many.

I’ve earned my wings

I’m sorry panik, mom, dad, brother, sisters, nieces
and nephews I left you so soon,
I was there when the angels woke you up.
I know I was gone from the flash from the start,
Mom, Remember!
I’ll always be in your heart.
I will listen to you dearly, when you come to my grave.
Please don’t cry, don’t be sad. Continue to be brave.
I didn’t mean to leave you so soon.
I will be looking from heaven when everyone prays.
Take care of my panik, my brother, big sisters and little sister and dad.
There will always and forever be a part of me living in you.
I’ll be waiting for you here in heaven.
Time is ticking, mom. Please don’t be late!
I long to embrace you in my arms.
Love, your Panik

Joanasie Akumalik and family

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