We were saddened to hear that Maxine Zurbrigg, one of Las Tres Amigas, passed away unexpectedly on April 29, 2016 at Nanaimo General Hospital.
Maxine was a firm believer that people should ‘give back’ to their communities, wherever that might be. She certainly lived this credo during her time as a winter resident of La Penita. For several years she was involved with fundraising for Los Amigos de Jaltemba. In 2012, she along with Helma Stewart and Nora Dixon became known as Las Tres Amigas, and leapt in with both feet as independent fundraisers for local non-profit organizations. These included Los Amigos de Jaltemba for facility improvement, their youth and adult programs at the Community Cultural Centre
and the CONALEP Scholarship Program,
Cancer de Mama, KinderAide, Books on Wheels,
and the Rotary Club’s All Schools Project. She is well known in the Jaltemba Bay area for these volunteer efforts.
But little is known of Maxine’s other life in Nanaimo BC. She was one of the fledgling “Malaspina University-College’s” first employees in 1969. During this time, she was instrumental in the formation of a union for college workers, driven by her belief in equality in the workplace She eventually became an Administrator in International Marketing which involved travelling all over the world recruiting students for the College and Vancouver Island University. She retired in May 2006 from that position. In the community, she was also a Founding Board Member with the Multicultural Society and a Board Member with the Nanaimo Family Life Association and the Nanaimo Women’s Resource Centre.
From this list of her work and volunteer efforts, it is quite obvious that Maxine was a firm believer that education, equality, and strong families provide the gateway to improving one’s quality of life.
She was always so involved in great causes outside her work and family life. She was a true inspiration, someone who followed her beliefs and passions, and SHE WILL BE MISSED.