Alannah Olah, Alouette district deputy commissioner with the Girl Guides, presents the new plaque to Jim Findlay, husband of Colleen Findlay, a Maple Ridge mother and highly respected Girl Guide leader who was found murdered in 2002, at a ceremony at Eagles Hall in east Maple Ridge. (Contributed)

New home for plaque in memory of Colleen Findlay

Dedication for Maple Ridge mother, Girl Guide leader refurbished after falling from stump

A plaque dedicated to a mother and respected Girl Guides leader who was murdered 16 years ago at her Maple Ridge home was unveiled for a second time on Sunday.

Members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary 2831, Alannah Olah of Girl Guides, a Scouts representative, along with Dr. Jim Findlay, husband of the late Colleen Findlay, and their daughter Shannon and son-in-law Stefan were present as the refurbished plaque was unveiled in a more sheltered and permanent spot at the Eagles Hall in east Maple Ridge.

Colleen Findlay was found murdered in her Maple Ridge house in 2002. Jeremy Vojkovic, a minor at the time of the murder who was raised to adult court, was later convicted and remains in prison.

Read More: Colleen Findlay Place

The memorial plaque was initially placed on a cedar stump outside the hall 16 years ago by Girl Guide leaders of the Alouette district in Maple Ridge.

But with time and weather, the stump deteriorated and the plaque fell off.

In December, the Eagles notified the Girl Guides.

The plaque was fastened to a plastic backing and was mouldy. But the metal part was in good condition, said Olah, Alouette district deputy commissioner with Girl Guides.

“You could still read it. It wasn’t too scuffed up,” she said.

Four Girl Guides leaders got together and removed the plastic backing and placed the old plaque onto a new metal scroll, made by the husband of one of the leaders.

Then they screwed the scroll into the building on Fern Crescent.

Olah said all of the leaders and girls in the district were made aware of the project.

“We wanted to keep [Findlay’s] memory alive and to make sure the girls realize that once you’re a Girl Guide, you’re always a Girl Guide. It doesn’t matter what happens, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world, that you are always going to be a part of our organization.”

Dr. Jim Findlay said his family was touched and honoured by the remounting of the plaque.

“The plaque is very touching and a real tribute to my wife and we are very pleased.”



mailto:cflanagan@mapleridgenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Alannah Olah, Alouette district deputy commissioner with the Girl Guides, presents the new plaque to Jim Findlay, husband of Colleen Findlay, a Maple Ridge mother and highly respected Girl Guide leader who was found murdered in 2002, at a ceremony at Eagles Hall in east Maple Ridge. (Contributed)

A plaque dedicated to a Maple Ridge mother and highly respected Girl Guide leader who was found murdered in 2002 was unveiled for a second time at Eagles Hall in east Maple Ridge. (Contributed)

A plaque dedicated to a Maple Ridge mother and highly respected Girl Guide leader who was found murdered in 2002 was unveiled for a second time at Eagles Hall in east Maple Ridge. (Contributed)

Just Posted

Have fun, but keep river clean, says City of Maple Ridge

Message out to pack out litter, after visiting South Alouette River

Letter: Bigger issues in Maple Ridge than train horns

Loves to hear the sound, part of our history

c’usqunela elementary opening delayed

Students and teachers will be hosted by different SD42 schools in east Maple Ridge

Conservative campaign talks public safety

Dalton and party’s public safety head meet with Maple Ridge residents

B.C. seizes 1.5M grams contraband tobacco, down from 5.75M grams the year prior

The 2019-2020 seizures were a sharp drop compared to the 2018-2019 year,

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

B.C. Speaker tight-lipped about aide’s legislature security tour

B.C. Liberals question Alan Mullen’s drive across Canada, U.S.

B.C. mom mourns 14-year-old son whose fatal overdose was posted online

Chantell Griffiths misses the son she hadn’t seen much in recent years

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

Mouse infestation hit Langley hospital’s kitchens

Droppings and urine were found by Fraser Health inspectors in the spring

Most Read