Marjorie Blakeney Memorial Award
HISTORY OF THE AWARD
Marjorie Blakeney was a CSO Coordinator in Lanark County servicing the Smiths Falls, Carleton Place, Almonte, Perth and outlying rural areas. She was contracted with the Ministry of Corrections but did not have an office so she operated her program out of her home and car. She would travel the back roads in search of clients and work with them in order to complete their required community service hours. Marjorie was a warm, friendly, sincere and honest woman who went out of her way to assist anyone or anything in need; strays and animals were very close to her heart. Marjorie was married to Ian who had been employed with the RCMP and was now retired. They had one child, a daughter, who was working in Hawaii at a Montessori School. Marjorie and Ian were in the process of building a new home in the “boonies” of the Merrickville area. Marjorie was a wonderful knitter, loved to play on her piano, and loved to look at the stars at night through her skylight, while bathing.
Marjorie had just returned from an OCJA conference in October and her husband Ian picked her up at the Smiths Falls train station. It was going to be their first night at the new house. When they arrived home, they discovered they had a sick animal and were en route with the pet to the animal shelter. It was snowing out and Marjorie and Ian were killed instantly in a head-on collision by a client of Marjorie’s, who was drunk. Marjorie was approximately 55 years young. She was an animal lover, compassionate, and laughed at everything. Thanks to Claudia Orleck (a former CSO Coordinator from Brockville who left the program in 1999) who provided the OCJA with Marjorie’s background information.
Marjorie Blakeney Award Nomination & Information
On behalf of the OCJA Executive we would like to congratulate the following
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2018 - Recipient will be announced at the 38th Annual Conference Fall 2018.
2017 - Gemma Napoli, Summit Housing and Outreach Programs
2016 - Lori Friesen, Elizabeth Fry Society Peel-Halton
2015 - Andrea Craning, Eastview Boys & Girls Club
2014 - Julia Parker, The Salvation Army Correctional & Justice Services London
2013 – Karen Dona, Community Options for Justice (Oxford)
2012 – Andrea Craning, Eastview Boys & Girls Club
2011 – Michelle Connor, Haldimand-Norfolk REACH
2010 – No Recipient
2009 – Michelle Connor, Haldimand-Norfolk REACH
2008 – Rory Offen, Community Options for Justice (Oxford)
2007 – No Recipient
2006 – Leanne Kilby, Elizabeth Fry Hamilton