Giving more than you take
Claudia Brema and her three sisters always knew the value of giving to their community. Raised in Port Colborne by civic-minded parents, Claudia and her sisters watched their parents’ tireless support of their church and community.
Her father, Inco foreman Maurice Walker, was recruited by Inco in the 1930s to take a job at the refinery and play hockey and baseball on the championship-winning company teams. Through his work, Maurice was introduced to St. John’s Ambulance and he “practiced his talents patching up kids at sporting events,” Claudia recalls. Neighbourhood children with cuts and scrapes didn’t go home for first aid, but came to the Walker house, she laughs.
Her mother, Verna Knoll Walker, dedicated her life to Brownies, the Home and School association, church committees and the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum.
So it was natural that Claudia, who is also a passionate volunteer and community booster, turned to the Niagara Community Foundation to create a legacy of her parents’ generosity. The Maurice and Verna Walker Fund, established in 2015, is part of the Foundation’s Port Colborne Fund.
“My parents always instilled the rule that you do not take what you cannot give back,” Claudia said. “It truly is an honour and a privilege to honour them by creating a fund in their name. What better way to keep their memory alive.”