Acadia to hold memorial for student who died of meningitis

University community unites after loss of promising student-athlete

Sarah Hastings remembered for charismatic personality. Photo: Facebook

The Acadia University community is remembering Sarah Hastings as a bright, funny, spontaneous and free-spirited girl who was taken far too soon.

“Because of her enthusiasm and willingness to help others, Sarah was loved by everyone who knew her,” said Susan Mesheau, vice-president of student services, in a statement on the university’s website.

Hastings was taken to hospital Saturday after her roommate found her unconscious in her dorm room. She later died in hospital. Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief public health officer, confirmed she died of meningitis.

The first-year business administration student from Cambridge, Ont., lived in Chipman House, where Mesheau said Hastings was “surrounded by a circle of close friends and where she grew quickly to embrace everything about Acadia, both inside and outside her classrooms.”

Hastings was a member of the school’s ringette and field hockey teams, and is remembered as someone who organized events and encouraged friends to get involved.

A memorial will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. for the public to remember and share stories about Hastings.