Friends of John Dean Park

Here’s the link to the 1st / 2017 Friends website:

https://www.friendsofjohndeanpark.org

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.

PURPOSE (2007-current)

  1. To protect the integrity and undisturbed natural environment of the park property, consistent with compatible public recreation and educational activities;
  2. 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
  3. 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.

BROCHURE

 Click here to download a PDF of the Friends of John Dean Park Society brochure.

 

BACKGROUND

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)

    1. INITIAL CLEANUP
    1. SUPPORT OF PARK ACT  &  CLASS A PROTECTION
    1. ESTABLISHED A PARK STANDARD  &  CONDUCTED MAINTENANCE
    1. BUILT NEW TRAILS
    1. LAND ADDITION
    1. NIGHT GATE
    1. PARK TRANSFER
    1. INTERPRETIVE SIGNAGE
    1. INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL
    1. INTERPRETATIVE WALKS

 

The Friends annual general meetings are held in April.

Friends of John Dean Park Society
PO Box 13
Saanichton, BC   V8M2C5               www.friendsofjohndeanpark.org

PAST PRESIDENTS

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

 

MAJOR VOLUNTEERS

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!

Generation A

Building

1984-1988

Generation B

Restoration

1989-1999

Generation C

Monitoring

2000-2012

Generation D

Interpretive

2013-2023

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
Alfred Smith
John Dawson
Maurice Chazottes
Jessie Woollett
Merrill Harrop
Bert Belfie

BC Parks Ranger

Bill Shaw

BC Parks Ranger

Ross Dawson

BC Parks Ranger

Joe Benning

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.

 

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