Jarrett’s 30th at ȽÁU,WELNEW/John Dean Park

2019 celebrates Jarrett’s 45th birthday, 27 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces, and marks his 30th anniversary of volunteering at John Dean Park. Yes, during spring break 1989, Jarrett was 14½ when he first excavated the great stone steps along Bob Boyd’s Climb, and that summer he participated in building the Slektain Trail. Since then, Jarrett has continuously maintained all trails, signage, removed all invasive plants, cared for the park in all ways, and presented the parks history.


2019 also marks Jarrett’s 20th anniversary of living in East Sooke, in the house he built named Safari Illahie. Married in 2009, Touria & Jarrett raise three vibrant children: Amir (8), Sami (6), and Sara (3).


For the parks 100th anniversary, Jarrett created the 2018-2021 Centennial Years Celebration. After 29 years of recognising the mountains traditional name ȽÁU,WELNEW, Jarrett is looking forward to adding the traditional name to the parks title: ȽÁU,WELNEW/JOHN DEAN PROVINCIAL PARK.


ȽÁU,WELNEW (Place of Refuge/Escape) is pronounced as Tlay will nook.


Jarrett’s long list of accomplishments doesn’t require mention here… WELL DONE JARRETT !!!


We know that since 1990 you’ve taken, acquired, and organized thousands of park pictures. We hope you’re immense achieve will eventually become publicly available. Thank-you for creating your archive and for your books. JARRETT, thank-you and enjoy your 30th spring/summer at John Dean Park!




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