CHETWYND, B.C. – Members of Chetwynd Art Council gathered for a ribbon-cutting on Friday to unveil a memorial installation for the late Brenda Maisey.

Settling in Chetwynd in 1981, Maisey was a former councillor and “an intrical part of the Chetwynd Arts Council.”

“She just had this timeless, beauty and energy about her and a really good sense of humour, which we all could do to have a little bit more laughter in our lives,” Former arts council president and friend of Maisey’s, Julia Nelson recalled.

“She wore so many different hats. In 2012, Brenda and I  kind of revitalized the arts council and a decade later, we have a really vibrant arts community, and it’s exciting that she played such a big role in that,” Nelson continued.

On Friday, members of the arts council, along with Maisey’s husband and four kids, presented the memorial in Maisey’s honour.

“There were certainly a lot of tears and a lot of pride for their dear mom. Thinking that the community that your mum lived in and worked in for so many years has such great honour for her post-mortem, they felt so, so special,” Nelson said.

She adds that after the ribbon cutting, the group went and celebrated Maisey’s husband’s 80th birthday.

News of the monument travelled to Maisey’s sister in England, who commented on the council’s post on Facebook.

“So miss my Sister and our laughs. It is such a beautiful tribute to her and the work she did. Thank you to the Community Arts Council and sending lots of Love from England,” she said.

Maisey, who passed in 2018, is remembered for her vibrant personality and sense of humour.