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