The life of the late Const. Catherine Campbell was celebrated Sunday with the inaugural Catherine Campbell Walk.
Campbell’s family planned for the walk to take part during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which takes place between November 25 and December 10. The event also took place two days prior to the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.
Sunday’s walk set off from the Nova Scotia Community College Campus in Stellarton to the Stellarton fire hall, where Campbell once served as a volunteer member.
Participants were invited to bring donations along to the food bank, a group which Campbell’s aunt Mandy Wong said may normally be overlooked this time of year. Helping out, Wong said, was a driving idea behind the walk.
“We wanted to do something to help out,” Wong said. “Sometimes people forget there’s a need out there. Because Catherine helped so many people out in her career we thought it would be a nice thing to do in her memory and to help out the food bank, where it might be forgotten amongst everyone’s shopping.”
Wong said that given the nature of Campbell’s death, it was fitting to have the walk take place during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
“Anyone can experience this,” Wong said. “It might make someone in a bad situation think ‘oh, I’m not alone’ and let them know that people are willing to help.”
Lending her memory to other causes and people in need, Wong said, was fitting with Campbell’s character.
“She met a lot of women who were victims of violence,” Wong said. “She would help out anyone, if you called her she would help out with anything –organize events, as long as it was good cause.”
Wong said the family was pleased with the support shown and the donations raised but that were not yet sure if the Catherine Campbell Walk would become an annual event.
Lynn Rockey, another of Campbell’s aunts said, “One of the reasons I did this walk for Catherine is because we have to be her voice now. She was always making that extra effort to help the kids not be scared of police officers and to help women. She became one of these victims. She won’t be home for Christmas.”