Elaine KILLAM (June 25, 1940 - July 11, 2018)

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Elaine Killam passed away on July 11 in her sleep at her home after a battle with dementia and Parkinson's disease.

Elaine was born in Vancouver in 1940 to Phae and Mark Collins. She is survived by her sister, Marcia, and her husband Dave; by her children: Debbie, Chris, Geoff and Lori; by her grandchildren: Kelsey, Leanne, Karmin, Michelle, Jonah, Emily, Claire, Alora, Lily and Alex; and by her great grand-children: Jaxon and Grace (pictured). Elaine attended York House and Prince of Wales schools, excelling in track and field. Later she studied at UBC where she met Dave. Summers spent with Marcia at Skaha Lake always held a special place in her heart.

In 1960 she married Dave and moved to Cooksville near Toronto where Debbie and Chris were born. There the family enjoyed camping and kayaking. In 1966 Elaine and Dave drove west with the 2 kids back to Vancouver and settled in Tsawwassen. Geoff and Lori came along soon afterwards. Family summers were enjoyed at Skaha Lake, Gambier Island, and Galiano Island (Phillimore Point).

In September 1969 Elaine began an over 30 year volunteer career with Girl Guides of Canada. Starting as a Brownie leader, Elaine also served as a Guide leader and Pathfinder leader. Administrative positions at the Provincial and National levels then filled her calendar. She served as BC Provincial Commissioner from 1994 to 1998, and continued to volunteer beyond the end of her term.

In 1997, Elaine and Dave built their dream home in North Saanich on Vancouver Island. Retired life included enjoying visits with family and friends, ballroom dancing, and cruising to various places around the world.

Throughout her life, Elaine was embodied by love, generosity, service and selfless commitment to others. Loved by all who knew her, Elaine will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

A reception for will be held at the house on Saturday, August 11 from 1-4 PM to share memories of Elaine.
Published in The Times Colonist on July 14, 2018