Friends of a Whitehorse swimming instructor who died Thursday are organizing online to have the pool at the Canada Games Centre renamed in her memory.

Kelly Patrick was a swimming instructor and lifeguard for 17 years. She died unexpectedly on Thursday.

Kelly Patrick

Friends of Whitehorse swimming instructor Kelly Patrick, who died Thursday, are organizing online to have the pool at the Canada Games Centre renamed in her memory. (Facebook)

A group of her friends has started a Facebook page to name the community pool at the Lion's Aquatic Centre in her memory.

Ramish Ferris is one of the organizers.

"The brightest thing at the Canada Games Centre, in the pool, was Kelly Patrick's smile," he said.

"If there was an elder in Aquafit, a child taking swimming lessons, a lane swimmer or staff member, Kelly was there. She was showing leadership, and showing support and not giving up on any of the patrons."

Ferris said he's been in touch with Whitehorse city councillors about the proposed naming.