Reflecting on the loss of our dear friend Rob Lemmers.
One of my tribe left today and I miss the soul, whose place cannot be filled,in the same strong yet gentle, eager to laugh at life, sort of way.
I have heard myself say to others at such times, that those we love, live in ourheads and hearts most of the time, when we don't constantly share space.
But when their line is broken, the weight of their being leaves our presence,casting us adrift, handicapped by the loss in silent lingering moments.
Life is not complete as it seemed as yesterday, and the ignorant sun continues its path. Those of us remaining gather under its warmth, yet not as pleased with it as before.
Children will grow, parents will age, and things will continue to change.But that place once so wonderfully filled will remain, as a place now cherished with warmth of memory.
This as with all things will change; such is life and the changing energy of it.
As difficult as this may be at times, there is a knowingness that this is the continuing story for all.
It is always the ideas, and experiences shared that travel on, from a presence gone from our immediacy.
The Ethno Business Council of British Columbia has nominated Laura Cuner for selection in the 21st annual B.C. New-Canadian Entrepreneur Awards, together with the Business Development Bank of Canada, TD Canada Trust, Miller Thomson LLP and KPMG.
This year will mark the 21st annual presentation of these awards, which recognize the achievements of entrepreneurs who are not born in Canada, but have brought their talents and investments to Canada and have in turn, created new businesses and jobs while making positive contributions to our community.
Historically, firefighting has been dominated by men in both professional and volunteer contexts. Today, there are numerous women who actively fight fire alongside their male counterparts world wide. Such was not the case over 40 years ago!
Lions Bay however was an exception when it came to women firefighters. In this section we bring you stories about the creation and start up of Fire Fighting in our community and the “manning” of fire services by our pioneering female crew and their male fire fighting partners!
We’d like to thank Sharon, Pam and Flo for sharing in their recollections and early memories of membership in the Lions Bay Volunteer Fire Department.
Here I am, back in the 1970’s. Back in the Village Fire Department. The truck was a 1942 G.M.C. with non-synchronized gears. Full speed on the highway was around 40m.p.h. So, we weren’t supposed to go on the highway. The Village had paid for the truck to service the Village and that’s where it was supposed to stay, but when the howling plectron informed us of a chimney fire at Brunswick Beach we didn’t think we could just let it burn.
So with lights flashing and sirens blaring we ”raced” to Brunswick, with several disgruntled motorists trailing in the rear.
I think there were only four of us. Minimum crew. Roger the Potter, John, the Tug Man and two crazy housewives Donna and me. Definitely not the pros, but we knew what to do. Cover the fireplace to prevent a mess, get on the roof, put a slow running garden hose down the chimney to douse the smoldering soot, try to remove soot by raking or brushing it from above and tell the homeowner to get the chimney cleaned. Simple. Right? RIGHT!
Mayor Brenda Broughton has received the Governor General's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
As a result of nominations by both the Member of Parliament, John Weston and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Mayor Brenda Broughton has received the Diamond Jubilee Medal.
The certificate states:
"Her Worship Brenda Broughton"
"By command of Her Majesty Queen, the Diamond Jubilee Medal is presented to you in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty's Accession to the Throne and in recognition of your contributions to Canada."
Governor General, Mr David Johnston.
We extend our best wishes and congratulation to our Mayor for the recognition and honour in receipt of the Governor General's Diamond Jubilee Medal medal. Congratulations Brenda, you are a tireless dedicated citizen who has given and accomplished so much for our community!
"In commemoration of the devastating loss of the two Wade boys thirty years ago, I composed this poem; inspired by two eagles which I have watched daily, as they soar and whisper over the Lions. Closer to heaven than the earth far below."
We whisper still, in the liquid cool
The Brackendale Art Gallery recently feted Thor Froslev on the celebration of his 80th birthday! The evening hosted a jam packed mingling crowd of warm and friendly faces, filling the delightful Gallery and Teahouse to the rafters.
Kelsey Dennison was presented the Governor General’s Award in December 2012 for her academic achievements at Rockridge Secondary.
Kelsey received the award for holding the highest academic average in her grade level throughout her time at Rockridge.
Kelsey is currently attending Princeton University where she was admitted early action in November 2011.
The Fire Dept. was started by residents after the first house fire on Cloudview when the Village did not have formal means to fight it. An old used fire truck was purchased by the property owners association and a group of concerned residents undertook fire fighting practices.
Residents on one of the first training call out procedures are, Gary Ingram, Bob Dewolfe,Tom Conto, Louis Petersen, Tony Thorpe, Victor Miles, Art Ahern, Hardy Goetsch, Dave Pullen, Ian Hignell, Lloyd Marlor, John Cooper, Hans Binder, John Daly, Greg Smith, Paul Deggan, Sharon Dalrymple.
I was not in the 'Ladies Fire Fighters' when it was only Ladies but at a later date when Sherry Fleetham and I were the only females. There are many funny stories from those times, such as...
John Dudley having to give me a driving lesson on the ancient fire truck as I had never driven a truck that needed ‘double clutching'... certainly a thing of the past. The Reason for the lesson, was that I knocked 3 fireman off the back of the truck while taking a corner too fast at the fire practice. Not sure I was ever asked to drive again.
Lions Bay Remembers David and Tom Wade
The 1983 Alberta Creek Debris Torrent left a mark on our village like no other.
Each year when that date comes around we are reminded of where we were and how we felt. During the Commemoration Ceremony on Monday, February 11th, 2013 the spoken words were the testimony of what we as a village experienced.
More than a generation has passed since February 11, 1983 when Alberta Creek ran amok and changed the lives of our family and friends immeasurably. While it is to be expected that our family will continue to remember and mourn this tragic event, it is a true measure of friendship and community that today`s Lions Bay citizens should continue to remember David and Tom 3 decades after their untimely death.
Although we have not lived in Lions Bay since shortly after the slide, we continue to hold dear our relationships with those of you who were our friends and neighbours back then, and without whose love and support we could not have possibly survived and carried on after such a catastrophic event.
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Please mark Sunday May 26th on your calendars now. More updates can be obtained here or through the Art Council website: Link to Lions Bay Art Council website