Here’s the link to the 1st / 2017 Friends website:
The Friends of John Dean Park wish to revitalise, and are seeking new volunteers to contribute towards the necessary workload throughout the park.
As a long-time park volunteer and former leader of the Friends, my current role is to support and encourage the Friends. If you are interested, please join, donate and/or assist as you can.
Established in 1984
$10 annual / $100 lifetime membership provides: brochures, colour maps, newsletters, invites and the following opportunities:
- access to information
- an avenue to report concerns
- invites to nature & history tours
- interpretative guide experience
- designing interpretative signage
- trail monitoring experience
- encourage community awareness
- to hand the park on to the next generation in a better condition
Established with the purpose of handing the park onto the next generation, in a better condition than was received.
- To protect the integrity and undisturbed natural environment of the park property, consistent with compatible public recreation and educational activities;
- To speak on behalf of the park and its heritage; and to ensure that it retains in perpetuity its status as a Class A provincial park; and
- To foster public awareness of an interest in the park, and to acquaint members and visitors with its resources – its flora, fauna, geology and history.
To assist park authorities in the exercise of their responsibilities, such as cleanliness and maintenance of trails and other facilities; previously #3, was removed at the December 11, 2007, AGM.
Between 1984 and 2001 (18 years), the Friends of John Dean were significantly involved. Having secured Class A protection, quality trails, and a cleaned-up park – the Friends stepped back in 2001; Jarrett continued with BC Parks. In 2003 a full-stop volunteering was decided upon; in 2007 the constitution was amended to reinforce the position.
I believe it’s important to acknowledge the vital achievements of the early Friends; to enlighten residents and park visitors to possible pressures. The below list is presented to complement those involved and to warn future generations of what could come…
10 TRIUMPHS (click on each)
The Friends annual general meetings are held in April.
Friends of John Dean Park Society
PO Box 13
Saanichton, BC V8M2C5 www.friendsofjohndeanpark.org
|1||Edo Nyland||79 mths||10 May 1984||11 Dec 1990|
|2||Ted Greenwood||9 mths||11 Dec 1990||06 Sep 1991|
|3||Jarrett Teague||14 mths||06 Sep 1991||27 Oct 1992|
|4||Dieter Weichert||12 mths||27 Oct 1992||10 Nov 1993|
|5||Wally du Temple||14 mths||10 Nov 1993||17 Jan 1995|
|6||Cy Hampson||10 mths||17 Jan 1995||08 Nov 1995|
|7||Bryce Kendrick||12 mths||08 Nov 1995||30 Oct 1996|
|8-2||Edo Nyland||49 mths (128)||30 Oct 1996||22 Nov 2000|
|9||Tony Whittall||88 mths||22 Nov 2000||03 Apr 2008|
|10-2||Bryce Kendrick||36 mths (48)||03 Apr 2008||14 Apr 2011|
|11||Margaret Reeve||25 mths||14 Apr 2011||01 Jun 2013|
|12||Maureen Dale||01 Jun 2013||Current|
Over the past 30 years, hundreds of people have supported the Friends and the park. I would like to especially thank the dedicated folks listed below – who have generated & contributed greatly!
|Edo Nyland||Edo Nyland||Edo Nyland||Edo Nyland|
|Elizabeth Nyland||Elizabeth Nyland||Tony Whittall||Maureen Dale|
|Noreen Teague||Jarrett Teague||Jarrett Teague||Jarrett Teague|
|Mary Martin||Bryce Kendrick||Bryce Kendrick||Bryce Kendrick|
|Ivy Anderson||Gary Zilke||Gary Zilke||Gary Zilke|
|Gwen Greenwood||Gwen Greenwood||Gwen Greenwood|
|Ted Greenwood||Ted Greenwood||Ted Greenwood|
|Mary Hampson||Mary Hampson||Mary Hampson|
|Cy Hampson||Cy Hampson||Margaret Reeve|
|Les Colins||Wally du Temple||Helene Dizy|
|Dieter Weichert||Dieter Weichert||Andrew Michell|
|Linda Michaluk||Linda Michaluk|
|Neil Michaluk||Neil Michaluk|
|Charlie Goldie||Dee Bailin|
|Jack Anderson||Ken Arnott|
|Sally Stewart||Sally Stewart|
|Neil Stewart||Neil Stewart|
|Brenda May||Brian Maguire|
|Des Crossley||Wendy Picken|
|Joe Doman||Joe Doman|
BC Parks Ranger
|BC Parks Ranger
|BC Parks Ranger
BC Parks Ranger’s
Joe Benning (2013-15)
Don Closson (2014+)
Although the park doesn’t face a current threat; there’s a role for maintaining an organization capable of mobilizing.
- reestablish the working relationship between the Friends and BC Parks to ensure that the Society has an opportunity to participate in ongoing park maintenance decisions;
- establish a Stewardship Agreement between the Friends and BC Parks: This would preauthorize some volunteer activities, enable volunteer logs, and generate a relationship whereby key volunteers would be consulted on priority topics;
- fine-tune the Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan (2003 Master Plan): whereby park specific priorities would be identified, coupled with a long term action plan;
- engage in evasive species removal, such as broom and holly;
- educate the community by conducting nature / history tours; and
- develop an expenditure plan for the donated $12,000 currently held in deposits. $3,000 could be designated for reserve; the remainder can be spent in conjunction with BC Parks on the parks maintenance / presentation projects.
- join the Friends;
- attend the annual meeting in April;
- become a volunteer or join the executive; and
- sustain your interest.