The Keeper of Illahie
Established in 1994, the John Dean Nature House is a repository organization committed to the collection and preservation of maps, books, papers and images concerning anything to do with John Dean and the provincial park.
The archive holds:
- a copy of all maps, 1852 onwards;
- books that reference John Dean;
- a complete assembly of all related property histories;
- 700 pre-1989 photographs, indexed and cross referenced;
- 6,000 post-1989 photographs, indexed and cross referenced;
- a full assembly of park history topics, indexed and cross referenced;
- art and portraits; and
The John Dean Nature House has a mandated plan that ensures:
- secure storage of materials;
- proper succession planning;
- continued research;
- continued financial investment;
- continued collection growth;
- continued relationships with families;
- information access to trusted citizens;
- information access via producing social-cultural history books;
- park knowledge; and
- park presentation.
Jarrett in Kandahar, Afghanistan – April 2002
Jarrett Thomas Teague is the current Keeper of Illahie. He’s been volunteering in John Dean Park since 1989, age 15.
CBC Radio 1, On The Island, April 20, 2009. Host Gregor Craigie interviews Jarrett – 100th anniversary, John Dean’s Cabin Diary.
SHAW, Shoreline Magazine, June 10, 1996. Host Marolyn Stevens interviews Jarrett – 75th anniversary, John Dean Provincial Park.
BC Parks: Celebrating 100 Years of Recreation and Protection – Part 1
BC Parks: Celebrating 100 Years of Recreation and Protection – Part 2