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Pink Ribbon For Camille: Seaquam Secondary honours former player

October 19, 2015

Photo of Camille Gregory

This past weekend, some of B.C.’s top senior girls volleyball teams came together to play volleyball and commemorate the life of Camille Gregory, a Seaquam graduate and star volleyball player, who passed away from cancer in 2012, at age 23. After learning of her diagnosis in 2009, Camille was able to maintain straight A’s at UBC, complete a co-op position with Bayer Pharma, cycle through Europe, and make her way to London to cheer on Team Canada during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Camille was very accomplished, both in athletics and academics, earning a degree in Honours Chemistry from UBC only days before she passed away.

All who knew her, including Seaquam volleyball coach and tournament organizer, Todd Clarke, remember Camille fondly. Clarke said, “Camille was a triple threat…smart, social, and athletic. She was brilliant, but more importantly, she was a kind, caring person”. 

The 16 team tournament featured several of B.C.’s top senior girls volleyball teams, including #4 (AAAA) ranked Oak Bay from Victoria, #6 South Delta, #8 Lord Tweedsmuir, #1 (AAA) Sa-Hali from Kamloops, and #3 (A) White Rock Christian Academy. Games were held on Friday afternoon and evening, and all day Saturday at Seaquam Secondary and North Delta Secondary. Spectators donated a $2 admission. All of the money collected is being donated to the B.C. Cancer Society in Camille’s name. Each player in the tournament also received a pair of Pink Ribbon for Camille socks to mark the occasion.

Camille’s parents, Julie and Nick Gregory, attended the tournament. The Gregory family says that Camille “would be very pleased to have this volleyball tournament in her honour, but would also want to make sure that everyone fighting cancers was equally acknowledged.”

Oak Bay won the tournament, pictured here with Camille's parents Nick and Julie Gregory:

 

This note is from her parents, Julie and Nick:

Thanks again for honouring Camille with this tournament. Volleyball was a big part of her teen years and it had a special place in her heart.  

As you may recall Camille was a very focused young woman who set her sights high and worked very hard to achieve her goals. Camille went to Sunshine Hills Elementary and then to Seaquam Secondary graduating in 2007. She was a hard working, straight A student all through high school and University. Camille loved playing volleyball from Grade 8-12 at school and also played club with Big Kahuna, Team X and Synergy, winning Provincials in Grade 11. At 5'10" she played Middle and was pleased to go to Hawaii, Washington State, Nevada, Alberta and all over BC with her teams. She loved to travel and even worked as a fashion model in Japan for three summers. She was always interested in learning new things and making new friends. At University she was recruited by many departments finally settling on Science where she studied Honours Chemistry. She was 20 when she found a strange mole on her arm which was cancerous. She had several surgeries and treatments but never let any pain or suffering get in her way. She received her Chemistry degree from UBC in a special ceremony four days before she passed away from Malignant Melanoma on September 17, 2012 at 23.

She was a compassionate, caring and loving girl. She was always interested in cooking and baking, often sharing her concoctions with friends and family. She loved to be surprised and laughed often. We know she would be very pleased to have this volleyball tournament in her honour, but would also want to make sure that everyone fighting cancer was equally acknowledged and support any and all efforts to eradicate it completely. 

She was a fierce competitor who never gave up, in volleyball or in life.

We hope that everyone has a great weekend and finds time to be inspired by Camille's spirit, as a person who never let anything stand in her way to being her best.