We lost our dear friend, Christine Pike, suddenly on October 23.
Christine was born in London, England, and had a very happy childhood growing up with her much-loved older brother, Peter. She met and married Roger and soon after emigrated to Canada, settling at the West Coast and living in various locations on the mainland and Salt Spring Island. They raised two daughters, Sarah and Emma, and later moved to the Cochrane area.
Chris was a passionate environmentalist and soon joined the Cochrane Environmental Action Committee where she was instrumental in setting up the Farmer’s Market and starting a recycling program. Chris volunteered at the Wildlife Recovery Centre near Madden and loved taking care of the animals there.
She gave a lot of her time and energy to the Tai Chi Association in Cochrane, teaching a beginner’s class for many years and was a regular attendee at the continuing class.
She was a Bow Valley Steward and was a Steward at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park since the park first opened. Chris enjoyed monitoring the wildlife cameras and planting native flower and native grass beds, as well as being a part of a group of six volunteers working on the herbarium project.
Volunteering in the community played a big part in Chris’ life, but her first love was her family: her husband, Roger; her daughter, Sarah, and her husband Sebastian, their children Julian and Sadie; and her daughter Emma and her husband, Robin, and their son, Peter.
We’ll miss Chris so much, she was a wonderful friend.