The plaque that remembered a Canadian International College student who drowned at Lakeside Park in 1992 has gone missing and the memorial’s caretaker hopes it will be returned.

Plaque goes missing at Selkirk college in Nelson

The memorial plaque was placed at the Tenth Street Campus in 1992 after a Japanese student drowned in Kootenay Lake near Lakeside Park.

An employee of the Canadian International College is hoping a memorial plaque will be returned to its home at Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus after she noticed it was missing last month.

“I was just down there looking for a Frisbee that was lost in the bush,” said Kim Barker. “It’s become pretty overgrown. I used to walk by it all the time because I work on campus and would just stop and have a moment.”

Barker hadn’t checked the plaque lately and when she was searching for her Frisbee she noticed it was missing.

“There is a little wooden base and the plaque was screwed on to it,” she said. “The base was there and the plaque has either rotted off or was removed.”

The memorial plaque was placed at the Tenth Street Campus in 1992 after a Japanese student named Shigeru drowned in Kootenay Lake near Lakeside Park.

“They were out in the water, standing fairly deep but not over their heads,” said Barker. “They were talking and laughing and he went under the water and never came back up.”

His friends thought he was joking but when he didn’t come back up they started screaming and panicking in Japanese.

“There was a doctor right on the beach but nobody knew what was going on,” said Barker.

Barker is the only remaining employee of the Canadian International College — which brought Japanese students to Nelson — and has taken special responsibility for the plaque.

She had replaced it a few years back after she noticed it wasn’t “looking nice.”

“I knew him personally. He wasn’t a friend, but I was working at the college while he was attending. Someone has to look after it. It just seems so rude that someone would take it,” said Barker.

If someone sees the plaque or finds it, it can be returned to the Tenth Street Campus’ main office.

Just Posted

Kootenay fires grow — more evacuation alerts

Syringa fire prompts evacuation alerts plus HWY 3 closure and U.S. fire crosses into B.C.

Evacuation alert for Syringa and Deer Park

The Syringa Creek Fire grew Saturday resulting in evacuation alerts.

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Smoke scraps MS Bike Challenge

The annual fundraising event cancelled its cycling Saturday because of poor air quality

Bent On Art Festival gives Kootenay Pride a creative outlet

The festival runs Aug. 27 to Sept. 2 during Pride festivities

Fast food chains look to capitalize on vegetarian, vegan trend with new items

Seven per cent of Canadians consider themselves vegetarians and 2.3 per cent identify as vegans

Island swimmer halts journey across Strait of Juan de Fuca after hypothermia sets in

Victoria MS athlete Susan Simmons swam for eight-and-a-half hours in 9 C choppy waters

‘Hard on water:’ Smoke not the only long-range effect of wildfires

The project began more than 10 years ago after southern Alberta’s 2003 Lost Creek fire

B.C. VIEWS: Genuine aboriginal rights can be misused and discredited

Camp Cloud one of long line of protests falsely asserting title

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to march in Montreal’s Pride parade

Trudeau will end the day in his home riding of Papineau

Vancouver Whitecaps give up late goal in 2-2 draw with New York Red Bulls

Four of Vancouver’s next five games are at home

B.C. man designer behind Canucks’ retro jersey

Jeremie White was 20 years old when he told Canucks assistant GM Brian Burke he had a design

Most Read