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Posted: November 6, 2020

Colin Campbell remembered with AED installation

Colin J. Campbell

Colin J. Campbell was a dedicated and accomplished community volunteer, and his many contributions to Cranbrook have recently been commemorated through the installation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at the Ground Floor Coworking Space.

The purchase and installation of this AED was made possible thanks to the generous support of several organizations that were important to Colin and that value all that Colin did for the community: Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary, Fisher Peak Masonic Lodge No. 34, Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies, and the Ground Floor Coworking Space.

From his birth on August 18, 1947 to his passing on February 19, 2019, Colin made volunteering a key part of his life, always with his wife and best friend, Jane, at his side.

Colin did much of his volunteering through local service clubs. He was a Rotarian for 41 years. He helped to build three clubs, was a president of two, and was an unabashed champion of women joining Rotary.

Colin was part of the leadership group that established Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary in 1997, becoming one of its charter members. During his time with Sunrise Rotary, one of Colin’s biggest projects was chairing the Champions On Ice event.

Colin was also a member of the Masonic Lodge for 35 years, where he served as Worshipful Master in Cranbrook and was a supporting member to Jane in the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Patron for five years.

He also shared his enthusiastic support with other organizations. He sponsored the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies’ Community Calendar, securing several other sponsorships as well. When the Ground Floor Coworking Space was established, Colin was the first member, moving his Guidance Planning Strategies office into the new space and extolling its virtues at every opportunity.

Colin supported many programs of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Business Association, and the Key City Theatre. Two of his largest community projects where chairing the Canada Cup of Curling in 2011 and co-chairing Cranbrook’s bid for Kraft Hockeyville.

Above image: Colin Campbell’s legacy as a consummate community volunteer was recently celebrated with the installation of an AED at the Ground Floor Coworking Space. Top row: Cindy Oberle, Ground Floor Coworking Space; Pat Prefontaine, Fisher Peak #34 Masonic Lodge. Middle row: Carol Hatala, Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies. Front row: Bill Gibbon, Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary; Jane Campbell, Colin’s wife and best friend. Photo submitted

Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies


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