I knew Gina when she was working on her doctorate in Dr. Glick’s lab in Waterloo Ontario, Canada.
Gina Holguin

I knew Gina when she was working on her doctorate in Dr. Glick’s lab in Waterloo Ontario, Canada. Within several weeks of arriving, Gina had settled into life in Canada - she found a townhouse to live in and furnished it - quickly discovering the knack of buying furniture at garage sales and IKEA- bought a car, organized her course work, and set up her experiments. She promptly became a valued member of our lab. She was a generous colleague and friend who lived her life with humour and honesty. I admired her greatly.
Gina Holguin

With her student colleague Dona Penrose resting between the sessions. The 4th International PGPR workshop in Sapporo, Japan 1997

One experience I remember most vividly is a dinner party at Gina’s townhouse. She invited people, including my husband and me, who had helped her when she first arrived in Canada. To thank us for our help, she prepared and served a meal of Mexican food. It was a wonderful evening. Gina served a delicious meal - I still have the recipe, hand-written by Gina, for the ‘stuffed chilis’ she served at dinner that evening. She graciously showed us around her home and we were astonished that she had painted a beautiful mural in her dining room depicting a scene from sunnier climes to remind her of home. This was our first inkling that Gina was a talented artist, as well as a dedicated scientist. Of note on that hot summer evening was the temperature in Gina’s home. She hadn’t adapted to the Canadian climate, yet, so the air in her townhouse was very, very warm and humid. When asked why she hadn’t opened her windows or turned on the air conditioner to cool things off, Gina responded with genuine surprise saying that she found it quite comfortable, that it felt like Mexico.

Donna Penrose
Ontario, Canada

Donna Penrose bashan foundation