1951 – 2013
It is with heavy hearts that we mark the passing of a cherished member of the SEIU family. Jade Campbell, SEIU executive board member, Chief Steward, organizer, mother, grandmother and community activist.
Jade spent 35 years working in the Cambridge Memorial Hospital, and was Chief Steward there. Her daughter Kailin, following in her mother’s footsteps, is a steward there today. “It was Jade’s hospital, and a SEIU hospital,” remembers Manny Carvalho, who credits Jade with being a steady hand and early influence on him while he was still a young organizer with SEIU Local 204. “She lived and breathed the hospital. Cambridge Memorial Hospital was as much Jade’s as it was Cambridge’s,” said Carvalho.
“Jade was very light-hearted but she was also a very serious person as well; that’s what made Jade who she was,” said Carvalho, who also credits Jade with being a mentor to other members of the executive board of SEIU Healthcare, “she was the quintessential professional.”
Along with her daughter, Jade is also survived by her husband Allan Crane, son Derrick, an Olympian with the Canadian speed skating team, her grandchildren, brothers, many nieces and nephews, as well as her entire SEIU family – but we think Jade would have liked the old labour movement phrase, fitting for the life she led, “Don’t Mourn, Organize!”
Funeral services will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, at 12 Blair Road, Cambridge, Ontario on Tuesday October 8, 2013 at 11 A.M. Donations in Jade Campbell’s memory can be made to the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation Staff Education Fund