TORONTO - The mother of Taylor Mitchell, the up-and-coming Toronto songwriter who died in a coyote attack last year, has established a legacy trust in her daughter's honour.

Mitchell died on Oct. 28 last year while hiking in Cape Breton. She was 19 years old.

The Taylor Mitchell Legacy Trust will put money toward community outreach to educate the public about habitat preservation, human and wildlife interaction and safety precautions, according to a release.

Funds will also be used to promote musical expression in schools and to establish an annual bursary for young musicians administered by the Ontario Council of Folk Musicians.

The trust has been established along with a partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation, which is accepting donations in Mitchell's memory for programs including wildlife and habitat protection.

"I knew within an hour of Taylor's passing that the only way I could survive was to create something out of the tragedy of her death," Emily Mitchell, Taylor's mother, said in a release. "I received so many loving and heartfelt messages from the public and I know that they felt as urgent a need for something positive to come out of such a tremendous loss as I did. ...

"I want Taylor to be remembered not for the way she died, but for the beautiful, big-hearted, talented and loving young woman she was. In her death — through all of us — her legacy will continue to be her unbridled passion for life, music and nature."