Tag Archives: Friends of John Dean Park

EXPONENTIAL STEWARDSHIP

The priorities of 35 and 25 years ago   At Lillian Hoffar Park which fronts on the western side of Tsehum Harbour, recently 14 people met for a three hour ivy pull. This Stage 1 removal brought back memories of the initial ivy removal at Illahie during the late 1990s. Mid-morning, I moved over to […]

UNVEILING THREE NEW TRAILS – 30 years ago

Friends Picnic, May 21, 1988 By year four, the Friends of John Dean Park had many endeavours underway: –          Old garbage: removals from road, summit, and viewpoints; –          Fire pit in the picnic site: request for removal; –          Night Gate: request for installation; –          Parking lot kiosk and park map: request for installation; –          Radar […]

THE GREATEST FRIEND

EDO NYLAND | 1927-2017 Our greatest Friend Edo, passed away on August 13, 2017, age 89½.   Edo and residents founded the Friends of John Dean Park on May 10, 1984. Between 1984 and 2001, Edo steered the Friends Society and physically volunteered throughout the park. Edo’s involvement at John Dean Park spanned 33 years: […]

PICKLES’ BLUFF STEWARDSHIP SUCCESSION

Today, Pickles’ Bluff is mint – ready for special visitors!   Updated: May 2016   The magnificent Pickles’ Bluff is the best place to share with tourist and visitors alike! The eastward views are exceptional, everything from Sidney, the North Shore Mountains, the Gulf & San Juan Islands, the Cascades, the Victoria area and the […]

THE WEST BLOCK ADDITION – 1989

A FRIENDS LEGACY – Twenty five years ago the Friends of John Dean Park achieved the sixth and most recent addition to John Dean Provincial Park, Alec Road to Dean Park. The 66.9 acre West Block addition was the upper/eastern portion of a 132 acre Crown Grant that Jacob Hunter Todd received on February 1, […]

30 Years – EDO NYLAND’S LEGACIES

“We think it is urgent that some organised group be formed to protect the park from fire and vandalism, and to coordinate the use of John Dean Park.” On May 10, 1984: 1) Edith Gardner; 2) Cy Hampson; 3) Josephine Doman; and 4) Des Crossley, met at: 5-6) Elisabeth and Edo Nyland’s home. They all […]

25 Years – JARRETT TEAGUE’S TRIBUTE THEME

JARRETT’S FAVOURITE: Russell Watson’s – WHERE MY HEART WILL TAKE ME (2:54, courtesy YouTube) Hi, my name is Tyson Mazer, and I’ve known Jarrett since grade 3 at Sansbury School; we’re best friends… I built his house in 1999 and the addition in 2012. As a thank-you for volunteering on the mountain, I tribute this theme to celebrate: 25 […]

ESTABLISHING A SUITABLE TRAIL SYSTEM, 1987-90

By 1987, the parks clean-up was well underway. On January 9, 1987, the founder and president of the Friends, Edo Nyland met with the BC Parks Zone Supervisor; Parks Planner; Resource Technician & Surveyor; and the Visitor Services Representative. They toured the old-growth valley, out the West Viewpoint, along the Surveyors’ Trail and up the […]

VOLUNTEER ELDERS – 7 years plus

Friends Executive Service / Park Volunteer These consistent and amazing volunteers – are the precious few – who have maintained the “Friends” and supported this provincial park since 1984. Updated for June 2019 Name Period (years) Impression Elizabeth Nyland 1984 – 1999 (15) Founder Edo Nyland 10 May 84: elected President 30 Oct 96: elected […]

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