Mrs. Colleen Fitzpatrick
Mrs. Fitzpatrick was born in New Westminster, BC and raised in
Vanderhoof, BC. She now lives in Prince George, BC with her sons,
grandchildren and her husband Jim of 32 years.
Colleen and Jim Fitzpatrick raised three sons Michael, Darren and
Sean respectively. Colleen has worked in Human Resources for the past 15
years and is currently the Director of Human Resources for AiMHi –
Association for Community Living, an organization that provides
advocacy, support and services to people who have special needs.
Colleen’s son Darren received significant blood transfusions upon
arrival at Kandahar hospital. The incredible medical attention and blood
donations received allowed him two additional weeks with his family
before his passing. Since this time Colleen has become an advocate for
blood donation working closely with Canadian Blood Services to develop a
promotional video and blood donation campaign called “Remember the Power of Giving” for which she received a national award.
Colleen is also committed to her community and has volunteered in
several capacities including Director on not-for-profit Boards and her
professional provincial HR Association.
Colleen enjoys spending time at their summer cottage with her family, three young grandchildren and close friends.
Corporal Darren James Fitzpatrick
Corporal Fitzpatrick was a member of the 3rd Battalion of
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). Born in June 1988,
he joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2006. During his tour to
Afghanistan he was advance promoted to Corporal, working with the
Operational Mentor and Liaison Team.
Corporal Fitzpatrick was mortally wounded after stepping on an
improvised explosive device while on patrol in the Zahari District, near
Kandahar City, Afghanistan on March 6, 2010.
Darren was a kind hearted passionate individual with a desire to help
others. He was extremely close to his two brothers and was a most loyal
friend. He enjoyed the comradery of the military and developed strong
bonds with his PPCLI family.
The family has established memorial bursaries in their son’s name
awarded annually to students seeking careers with the Canadian Armed
The City of Prince George has dedicated a city park as a memorial and
one of only two bravery parks in Canada titled the “Cpl. Darren
Fitzpatrick Bravery Park”.
He was 21 years old and the 141st fallen soldier from Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.
“Fitzy” as he was known by friends and family is remembered as a
loving son, brother, loyal friend and a model soldier. He was an avid
snow boarder, loved playing football but most of all enjoyed spending
time with family and cousins at the summer cabin.
Every year, Legion Provincial Commands and individuals forward
nominations for the selection of a National Silver Cross Mother. These
nominations are reviewed by a selection committee at Dominion Command
and one mother is chosen for the year which begins on 01 November until
31 October of the following year.