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In 2006, Chris Friesan was informed that his father had been diagnosed with Mesothelioma. Harvey Friesan had worked in the Royal Canadian Navy out of Halifax for 10 years in the 1950's. This is where he was exposed to the disease that would take his life 40 years later - the ships he worked upon contained asbestos.

Hi all! My name is Dirk John Jansema, and I was diagnosed with stage 4 Mesothelioma. I am 61 years young and before my lung was infected with this disease I could hike for miles and ride my bicycle for hours. I worked on industrial construction for 30 years in pulp mills, shipyards, oil patch, and power generation stations. Most all the jobs were infested with Asbestos but we were never told it was dangerous until the late 1980s.

I am a 55 year old woman. I was diagnosed with mesothelioma in September 2008. I had a round of chemo and returned to work March 2009. In March of 2010, I started retaining fluid and had another round of chemo. Now I am recovering. I feel good but I am unable to work. I have been trying to do things that I want to. Because life was too short to start. Now, I'm going to lose a lot of life I thought I had left. I thought I had about thirty years left, who knows if I have thirty months.

tribute claytonClayton was born in Thunder bay Ontario in Dec 9th 1946 where he lived his early years. The family came west and lived in Victoria and Northern BC. After serving an apprenticeship in carpentry he met his ex-wife Sheila Belle Foyer. They had two sons, Mike, the oldest, and Steven. They lived in Kamloops, BC for many years. Clayton was very well respected among his nieghbours. Clayton worked in the wall & ceiling industry doing T-bar and drywall. He died in Kamloops on June 8th, 2010. A victim of the asbestos industry, he was diagnosed with Mesothelioma. He left his two sons and four grandchildren behind as well as his five surviving siblings.

tribute daveDave was born in Bristol, England on June 5th, 1938 and came to Canada in 1964 with his wife Lesley. After short stays in Saskatoon, Vancouver and Squamish, they made their home on the Sunshine Coast where they raised their family. As a young man, Dave was an avid athlete; he swam and cycled competitively in England. Once in Canada, with a family to care for, he shared his passion for sports by coaching and sponsoring a youth soccer team. In earlier years, he was an active member of Kinsmen, a community volunteer service.

Dave always found time to attend his kids' ball games, chaperone at Cub Camps, and help out at school sports days and other activities. A big kid at heart, Dave designed and built unique Halloween costumes for his kids and hosted a neighbourhood Halloween bonfire/fireworks display for many years.

tribute casselmanAn extraordinary and remarkable person who shared his wisdom abundantly, spread his compassion generously, and loved his family more than Life itself.

Jim was born in Yellowknife, NWT on September 26, 1942 to Anne and Jim Casselman. Unconditional love was woven into his fabric of youth by his parents, grandparents and very large extended family. The family moved several times during Jim's youth, eventually settling in Trail, B.C. where Jim graduated from High School.

Jim's inherent gift of learning and teaching, and his intense desire to honor this gift, provided a rich array of opportunities personally and professionally. His formal education included a Chemical Technician Certificate, Bachelor of Education, Masters of Education, Certificate in Public Administration, Amateur Radio License, Canadian Power Squadron Certificate, Intermediate Coastal Cruising and Mediterranean Cruising Certificate and Level One Coaching.

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