NGO, Darlene Winona
October 21, 1955 – May 20, 2014
Darlene passed away peacefully with her husband Henry at her side at the Campbell River District Hospital, after a short and courageous fight with cancer. Her love, kindness, and inspiration continue in the many lives she has touched.
Darlene taught in the Campbell River School District for 25 years and was instrumental in the development of music programs, specifically elementary school choirs. A kind and gentle spirit, she taught with positive encouragement, and looked forward to teaching every day. Darlene was president of the B.C. and then National Kodaly Society of Canada, and taught other music teachers at both seminars, and at the University of Victoria.
Darlene’s compassion, positivity, and inspiration are carried forward in her family: Henry, sons Kevin (Lyndsay) and Keenan (Yuki), mother Eleanor Chow, brothers Bruce (Mandy) and Brian (Kim), sister Marlene (Rod), and nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved and treasured most.
A celebration of life filled with music, followed by a tea, will be held Saturday, May 31st at the United Church in Campbell River (415 Pinecrest Rd) at 2:00 PM. Feel free to wear colour to the celebration.
In her loving memory, a memorial fund has been established in partnership with the Kodaly Society of Canada to continue her legacy. Further details will be announced at the ceremony.