Rita Hansford was very literally a life-saver. I hope she had some sense of that. As one of the fortunate students she inspired during her Enrichment Class years in Surrey, BC, I have often wondered what would have become of me had her teaching not stoked my love of learning. I KNOW her influence kept me sane and at least engaged through the years following the class disbanding after Grade 7. And I'm pretty certain my life would not have been nearly as fulfilling and enriched throughout without her formative influence. My only regret is not having the opportunity to get to know her outside the classroom. Rest in Peace, lovely lady.