Posted by Janice Sommerfeld on Feb 23, 2019

Colin J. Campbell 

(Aug. 18 1947 – Feb. 19, 2019)

 
A Charter member of the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise, Colin Campbell, was a long time member of Rotary. He was the stepson of a Rotarian, being exposed to Rotary at a young age in Beaver Valley. Colin was a Rotary member in several clubs through his life having joined his first club in 1978 in Kamloops. From there, he and Jane moved to White Rock, and distinguished themselves in Rotary there and in the mid-90s they moved to Cranbrook and joined Cranbrook Rotary. Colin's Rotary journey took him to the International Convention in Calgary where the beginnings of the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise were forged in 1996.
 
Colin had a very significant impact on Cranbrook Sunrise and in the Rotary District at large. He was a Charter Member, Past President of Cranbrook Sunrise (1999-2000), Assistant District Governor, District membership Chair, PETS (President Elect Training Seminars) instructor, and held other positions as well.
 
No one has sponsored more new club members than Colin. In the Rotary Club of Cranbrook Sunrise he is one of two Major Donors and a Triple Crown Donor to the Rotary Foundation.
 
He chaired and co-chaired two District Conferences that were held in Cranbrook. He spearheaded the Club’s first large fundraiser event which was 'The Champions On Ice' at the new Cranbrook Recplex. He facilitated the Club becoming a sponsor of a Sam Steele Youth Ambassador candidate, and found seemingly endless ways to involve the club members in community events such as Book projects for Africa, recycling textbooks, computer and bicycle recycling, building the Field house at Moir Park, cooking hamburgers every Sam Steele day, or organizing the wildly successful annual book sale with the Friends of the Library.
 
Colin was selected Rotarian of the Year in 2002-2003.
 
He said on more than one occasion, ‘When you were asked to join Rotary, it was the last time you could say NO.” Colin was more than just a member of the Club…he was someone who embodied this years Rotary theme - “Be the Inspiration”.
 
Our deepest condolences are extended to Jane, Sean and family.
 
Colin will be missed.
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