Mrs. Carol Isfeld
2000 Memorial (Silver) Cross Mother

The National Silver (Memorial) Cross Mother for 2000 is Mrs. Carol Isfeld (nee Donaldson) of Courtenay, British Columbia. The National Silver Cross Mother is chosen annually by The Royal Canadian Legion to represent the mothers of Canada at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Ottawa on 11 November. As the Silver Cross Mother she will lay a wreath at the base of the National War Memorial on behalf of all mothers who lost children in the military service of the nation.

Mrs. Isfeld is the mother of the late Master Corporal Mark Robert Isfeld. MCpl "Izzy" Isfeld died on 21 June 1994 as a result of injuries sustained when a mine exploded. He was 31 years old and left to mourn his wife Kelly, two stepchildren Wade and Kari, parents Carol and Brian, and brothers Leigh and Glenn. MCpl Isfeld, a field engineer, was serving on peacekeeping duties with the 1 Combat Engineer Regiment of the Canadian Forces near Kakma, Crotia and was involved in mine clearance at the time of his death. He was on his third peacekeeping mission in a two and one-half year period. He is buried in Little Mountain Royal Canadian Legion Cemetery in Chilliwack, British Columbia. The popular soldier was well known in Croatia for the interest he had in children of the area and the distribution of "Izzy" dolls, scrap wool dolls made by his mother and sent to him to give to the children. Details of his life and death may be found on the Internet by visiting

Mrs. Isfeld was awarded the Canadian Memorial (Silver) Cross in recognition of her son's sacrifice. She is the second mother of a slain peacekeeper to be selected as the National Silver Cross Mother for the National Remembrance Day Service in Ottawa, Ontario. She will be accompanied on her trip to Ottawa by her husband Brian.

Mrs. Isfeld was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in Brownsburg, Quebec near Lachute. She met her husband, also a native of Winnipeg, in Winnipeg and followed him as he pursued his career in the air force. When he retired as an Air Observer they moved to Courtenay, British Columbia.

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