Injured music teacher an avid boater
AMHERST - Boating was one of Susan Taylor's passions, outside of teaching music.
Paul Calder, who has been friends with Taylor since coming to town years ago, calls Taylor a "boating enthusiast."
"She loves being on the water. She's an avid boater ... a conscientious boater," he said Wednesday, less than a week after Taylor was hospitalized with severe head injuries resulting from a boating accident on Silver Lake.
"When I heard the news I was surprised, because we don't have that many boating accidents around here."
A constable with the Cumberland District RCMP, Calder says boating isn't just an interest of his, but a responsibility.
"When it turns out to be someone you know involved in the accident, it comes as a shock and a surprise to you."
Taylor was with a family of friends Friday evening on Silver Lake when another boat collided into theirs. Taylor was sent to hospital in Moncton, where she still remains, with severe head and chest injuries.
"She is an extremely dedicated and conscientious music teacher, who always strives to do her best as a teacher and who pulls out the best in her students," Calder said, adding his two children were band students with the Amherst Regional High School teacher.
Jillian Anne Chappell created a Facebook group in honour and support of Taylor, called "Prayers and memories of Ms. Taylor."
As of 2 p.m., Wednesday, the group had 200 members.
Chappell gave members an update on Taylor's condition Tuesday morning, posting that Taylor had recognized two of her closest friends. She's been getting updates from members of the school's band and choir association.
A few of the members, mainly current and former students, have posted the "Best Miss Taylor-ism," with the majority being Taylor's statement "relax, relate, release."
"I always loved 'relax-relate-release' just before she picked up her baton," wrote Sarah Poirier. "No matter how much she hollered at us in practice, you always knew, right at that moment, that she had perfect faith in us to do our best."