Carol M. Isfeld of Courtenay BC, recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division), the Queen's Jubilee Medal, the Memorial Cross, and who was National Silver Cross mother for the year 2000, died suddenly on 15th Aug 2007 in St Josephs Hospital, Comox BC of complications due to Pancreatic Cancer.
Born in Winnipeg, Carol is remembered fondly for her contributions to Canada and to humanitarian causes worldwide through her initiation of the "Izzy Doll." Carol started to crochet these small dolls for her Canadian Military Engineer son Master Corporal Mark R. Isfeld to distribute to local children while he was on United Nations missions in war-stricken areas. She continued to crochet these Izzy Dolls after her son was killed while removing landmines during a United Nations mission in Croatia in 1994.
Carol's participation in landmine issues subsequent to Mark's death was significant in itself but what makes her story truly remarkable is the phenomenon of the "Izzy Doll" that spread across the country. This project [http://www.izzydoll.ca] provided some solace for children in war-torn areas but also became a source of immense satisfaction among many citizens across the land (mostly elderly), by providing them a sense of accomplishment and a sense of ‘making a difference’ to all who participated in producing or distributing these dolls.
Carol's life and contribution to Canada and the children of the world will be celebrated near her home in the Comox Valley at a memorial gathering at 1:30PM on 8 September 2007 at 551 Lerwick Road, Courtenay. The celebration will be appropriately held at the Mark R Isfeld Secondary School that was named after her son. Everyone is welcomed.