Mission lost a community volunteer and animal lover as Maggie Calloway passed away on July 6, 2015.
A former winner of the Mission Woman of the Year Award, Calloway moved to Mission in 1986 and lived on two acres with her beloved animal clan.
Her great passion was caring and fundraising for animals in distress, it was her all-consuming commitment.
Among the many charities that she worked for were SAINTS, Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center, Burnaby Wildlife Center and numerous others.
Calloway was also a board member and later, chair, of the Citizens Advisory Committee at Ferndale Minimum Security Institution. She also acted as an escort for Ferndale inmates on personal outside passes. Later, she established a highly successful animal shelter program in Ferndale run by the inmates themselves.
A founding member of the Fraser Valley Humane Society, Calloway volunteered as the society’s president, and helped raise $60,000 for an ongoing spay and neuter program through liaison with local government.
Calloway had been a reporter, producer, talk show host and columnist. She wrote regular newspaper columns for Black Press called Simplicity and RenoNation.
A celebration of life will be held on August 16, between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Mission Seniors Activity Center, 33100 10th Avenue (at Talbut), Mission.
Donations can be sent to the Fraser Valley Humane Society, 33103 N. Railway Ave., Mission, B.C. V2V 1E3.