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Footprints: Shanice Simmonds - A genuine friend who will be missed

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2016 | 1:00 AM

Shanice Simmonds

A genuine friend who will be missed

The desire to have more one-on-one conversations is still lingering for Davianne Tucker, president of the University of the West Indies Guild of Students, following the death of her friend and colleague, Shanice Simmonds.

Tucker shared that Simmonds had a genuine love for those with whom she came in contact.

"I have a number of heartening memories of Shanice. She never wanted me to go hungry - she always offered to cook for me, talk and maybe have a little wine. She always hugged me so tightly every time she saw me. I remember the first time I had a photo shoot to do; I was so nervous, but she effortlessly guided me through it. First with her own confidence and just being herself with each flash, and then taking a big sister kind of approach with me," she told The Gleaner.

"Her voice was so accommodating. I wish I had more time to talk with her and tell her about my presidency but everything happens for a reason. Rest in peace, Shanice," she declared.

The guild president also indicated that Simmonds was a big fan of volunteering and was involved in various campus activities.

"The impact Shanice has left behind is immeasurable. Her big, bold smile is etched into the hearts and memories of those who knew her well, and even those who wouldn't have known her, but simply saw her smile," Tucker shared.

"She was always involved in various campus activities. Interestingly, the first time I met her was while she was volunteering, and that kind of positive example has pushed others to want to make moves and focus on their personal success," she further explained.

Simmonds, along with former guild vice-president and public relations officer O'Shane Reid both died in a car accident in Ocho Rios, St Ann, last year. They both resided on the Rex Nettleford Hall.