A celebration of life will be held March 19 for Paige Whitelaw, the 20 year old Saltair woman, who died in a March 6 motor vehicle accident in Vernon, B.C.
Described as a “bright shining star” by her family, Paige was living in Kelowna, where she was in her final year of a college program to become a Therapist Assistant.
“She has lit up all our lives from the day she was born and until her passing. Words will never begin to express the loss that her loving family and friends are feeling at this time,” says a notice from the family.
“Paige was a unique, vibrant, feisty redheaded caring person. Her zest for life was felt by everyone who knew her.”
She was a gifted athlete, “whose greatest passion was playing hockey,” the notice says. One of the pictures on Paige’s Facebook page is her with her hockey teammates. Others show her graduating from Chemainus Secondary School, snow boarding, hiking and camping.
“She was on the student council in high school, was a youth volunteer at the Chemainus Health Care Center, and also volunteered in many other places in the community,” the notice says. “If you needed the job done you called on Paige.”
The family has suffered a double loss, as Paige’s close friend Carlee DeBoer, whom she met in Kelowna, was also killed in the Vernon crash. They became “inseparable friends” from the day they met two years ago. “Tragically, Carlee was also taken from us that day,” the notice says.
The March 19 Celebration of Life will begin at 1 p.m. at Chemainus Secondary School. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Paige’s memory to a trust fund being set up at the Coastal Community Credit Union in Chemainus. The funds will establish a bursary to be given by the school. Contributions can also be made through a Paige Whitelaw Memorial Fund page at the gofundme.com web site. Donations can also be made to the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary.