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Jina Burn -  FMCC founder and past president


It is with great sadness and heartache that we say goodbye to our queen of chess, Jina Burn. Jina passed away during the early hours of September 24, 2018, after a valiant dual with cancer. Throughout this battle, she stayed strong, as only shé could. Her heart of gold endured. She continued to volunteer.  She still gave herself and her precious time, selflessly and wholeheartedly. 


Jina established and nurtured the Fort McMurray Chess Club into the vibrant and diverse community it is today. Jina had a passion for chess and a zest for living life to the fullest. In this tough game called life, she made a difference. She was driven and focussed; Jina armed herself with strategy and always had a plan..... something she also taught in her chess lessons. We are so thankful and fortunate that we had her in our midst as our coach and mentor. All who have met her sensed Jina’s unique qualities and that there was an unbelievable opportunity to grow and to learn from her. She was an unforgettable persona with big dreams, who went all-out to achieve objectives. We are honoured to salute an exceptional woman of inspiration.  This wonderful, kind and strong lady left a mark in our lives and on our hearts. She gifted us with vibrant memories that will always remain. 


We are at a great loss, but will let her legacy live on. We will enjoy playing chess and stay Jina-strong in her honour. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Peter and Johnny.


If you are a business leader in our community, you will also know that Jina went out of her way to network and rally others and she always showed her appreciation for people and businesses who partnered with her. We want to invite one and all to be part of the celebration of Jina’s life. We will inform you once the date and time for this are available. 


Warm regards,

Magda Marais 

(President FMCC)

on behalf of the Fort McMurray Chess Club

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