William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD
MARK LEFT HIS MARK
Lifting the mines buried around the oil well heads in Kuwait
Risking his life daily so that others could be safe
He was the 1st Canadian to give out a little homemade knit doll
They were hand made by his Mom Carol who started it all
Then Mark gave his life in the hot Balkans dirty war
Doing another peacekeeping combat engineer chore
The dolls they continue – the trend has grown and expands
Still delivered by Canadian Soldiers in many foreign lands
Brian and Carol were honoured by a school named after Mark
They brought peacekeeping casualties to light from the dark
His CAVUNP Chapter issues a trophy to the student who is best
To the best Mark Isfeld student with high marks on each test
In this morning’s Time Colonist as I read the sports page
A headline MARK ISFELD made me think of orphans with Aids
Mark Isfeld soccer team victory brought It home like never before
The memory of Izzy dolls being given to the children of war
We’ve sent 300,000 Izzy dolls to the poorest of the poor
African Aids Orphans and the children of war
Mark Isfeld still brings smiles to each little face
As his legacy helps to ease pain for the whole human race
Canadian Izzy Doll knitters all across this Dominion
Are making a difference – but that’s just my opinion
If you want to help pay for the trophies we give out each June
You can send us a cheque for the school, but it better be soon
Brian and Carol are gone – Mark’s dolls still travel afar
His school soccer team is winning – each girl is a star
In the midst of world troubles his dolls bring a smile
He’s left his mark in the arms of each little child
©Copyright May 13, 2008 by William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD
AA Girls Soccer: Mark Isfeld In High Gear At Islands
Mark Isfeld of Courtenay and host SMUS got off to quick starts yesterday at the girls’ Island AA high school soccer championships.
SMUS blanked Ladysmith 1-0 while Mark Isfeld won two games by edging Lower Island top-seed Lambrick Park 4-3 and blanking Gulf Islands 3-0.
In other games, Gulf Islands defeated St. Andrews 4-1, Lambrick Park blanked St. Andrews 9-0 and Brentwood College and Ladysmith played to a 1-1 draw.
In today’s pool games, Brentwood College plays SMUS at 9 a.m. with Lam-brick Park meeting Gulf Islands and St. Andrews playing Mark Isfeld at 11 a.m.
The championship game, as well as the bronze-medal game, is at 2:30 p.m. All games are on the SMUS fields.
The top two teams advance to the B.C. AA championships May 29-31 in Richmond.
— Times Colonist
African Orphan with her Dolls of Joy
Master Corporal Mark Isfeld Memorial – Calgary, Alberta