With completely broken hearts, we announce the passing of Diane Lynn Zawislak on Thursday March 2nd 2017. She is predeceased by her mother Louise Ann Zawislak, and survived by her husband Tim Meints, daughters Autume (Kevin) and Vanessa, grandchildren Seth, Owen, Olivia, Ava, Joseph, and her father Ed Zawislak (Gabriela), brother Barry (Cheryl), and sisters Darlene (Jerry) and Janice.. A service will be held Saturday March 25th 2017 at Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel at 11969 - 216th Street, Maple Ridge, BC.
Following graduation from Lac du Bonnet Senior School in 1978, Diane moved from her hometown in Manitoba to Prince Rupert, B.C. In 1982, she began working part-time as a front desk clerk at the Drifter Motor Hotel where she operated a switchboard, handled guest services, as well as gained her first accounting experience. In the evening she was a matron at the local R.C.M.P. detachment fingerprinting, photographing, and processing prisoners. Beginning in 1984, while still working for the R.C.M.P., Diane attended the Northwest Community College to further her word processing skills. The next year, she simultaneously attended courses in accounting while working as a bookkeeper for Donnelly's Painting Ltd. After successfully completing Basic Accounting 101 and 102, Diane landed a bookkeeping/receptionist position at Carlyle Shepard & Co., Chartered Accountants in February 1986. Only seven months later, she was promoted to Accounting Clerk and handled the accounting of new and existing companies. By June 1987, Diane took on a new challenge at the Prince Rupert Fisherman's Co-operative Association. Ever industrious, she climbed her way up from Personnel Assistant to Secretary to the Operations Manager to finally the Executive Assistant to Sales and Marketing Manager in only one year. She made the move from Prince Rupert to Vancouver to take on her new position at the Fisherman's Co-operative Association at their Vancouver location. Diane not only carried out in-house administrative duties but was also responsible for all international documentation for fish shipments to Japan, France, and Spain. As an added challenge, all documentation to France and Spain had to be completed in French and Spanish language. By the end of 1990, Diane left her position to help found First Run Multimedia Corporation. First Run is still a successful business today. Diane was never idle, and throughout the years she spent her time pursuing a rich variety of interests. She was always motivated to learn and always keen to share her passions with others.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the War Amps – BC.
March 25, 2017
Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel
11969 - 216th Street
Maple Ridge , British Columbia V2X5H9