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Marjorie Scarfe – Celebration of Life
September 17, 2015 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
May 1931 to July 2015.
The Renfrew Collingwood Community lost a fearless advocate in the name of Margie Scarfe. As a single mother with two children she worked hard to provide a home for them and yet worked tirelessly to make her community both safer and healthier to live work and play in.
Founding member of the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Margie worked hard to bring it from its humble beginnings to where it is today. It was her pride and joy.
Seeing a need to bring the residents together, she along with five others founded the Joyce Station Area Planning Association. The Association produced the Joyce plan that was passed by the city and after five long years of work developed the zoning for the first rules that made secondary suites legal in the city.
From traffic to parking, from social housing to high rises Margie was involved.
Always with a strong opinion, yet one that was willing to compromise and support for the good of the residents. She was a firm believer in democracy that should be lived not just talked about.
Founding member of the Collingwood Community Policing Centre in 1994 through many name changes to what it is today. She toiled tirelessly fund raising to keep the office open. There were garage sales every weekend, raffles and roasts. Margie together with me sold cookies in the pouring rain outside an international crime prevention conference at the Vancouver Hotel to highlight our plight. This resulted in the immediate agreement with the city for the province to help fund all the C.P.C. s in the city. The City of Vancouver now gives some funds to all the offices yearly through the Vancouver Police Department and continues to do so.
Margie made it her mission that every morning for years while walking her dog she would clear all the unwanted flyers from the city posts and then proceed to report the infraction to the city.
Cleanup of the area she walked in was also done.
Margie lived her life helping others. You could call her anytime day or night and she would be there ready to roll up he r sleeves and work. No job was too big for her to handle.
This Policing Centre will be resurrecting the Pooch Patrol in September and naming it after her as the “MARGIE SCARFE POOCH PATROL”.
This community is safer and healthier because she chose to walk her life”s path here.
Collingwood Community Policing Centre