Danielle Kondla
Obituary written by Danielle's family and friends
Danielle was born on November 18, 1982 in Calgary, AB. where she attended school with a close-knit group of friends. Upon graduation, Danielle attended Olds College and graduated in 2003 from the faculty of Animal Health Technology. After working for several years in this field, Danielle decided to pursue her passion for Geology and returned to her studies at the University of Calgary. There she completed her BSc (2013) and MSc in Geology (2015). She obtained Honours with Distinction for both of these degrees and various awards.
Her passion, strong work ethic, and perseverance paid off as she was accepted to Oxford University (United Kingdom) to complete her DPhil Geology degree. Danielle’s new career in Geology allowed her to travel the world, presenting her research and knowledge at various universities and conferences, which led to her developing strong friendships internationally.  

Danielle was an active member of TSOP. She organized student events at several TSOP meetings. She received TSOP Best Student Presentation Award three times and was awarded TSOP Distinguished Service Award, this award recognizes the contributions of members who have provided distinguished service to TSOP as a Society.

Danielle Kondla died peacefully, with her mother by her side, in Calgary, Alberta on September 26, 2017 at the age of 34. Danielle is survived by her parents, Heather (Rosario) and Kurt; sister Lisa; niece Wren; maternal grandmother Helen; step-siblings Paul and Chantelle; nephew Amari; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

This past year, Danielle exemplified grace, strength, dignity, kindness, humour, and resiliency. We can all learn from this positive example. In lieu of flowers, Danielle has requested that you buy some wine and chocolate for yourself to enjoy with your loved ones.