Help us celebrate the District of North Vancouver’s 125th Anniversary and Canada’s Parks Day with a special outdoor storytelling experience on Saturday, July 16th at Mount Seymour Provincial Park. Click on the poster below to zoom in for more details.
This event is brought to you by the Elders Council for Parks in BC in partnership with the District of North Vancouver, Deep Cove Heritage Society and Mount Seymour History Project.
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We’d like to recognize our talented storytellers:
David Cook is a Geologist, Biologist, Professional Geological Engineer, Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, Fellow International of the Explorers Club, a Director of Nature Vancouver as well as Chair of their Geology and Biology Sections. He is on the boards of the Old Growth Conservancy, the North Shore Black Bear Society and the Lighthouse Park Preservation Society. For the last 16 years he has conducted a program for the general public called Reconnecting with Nature for which he leads walks and gives talks on natural history and geology. He considers education of the general public about nature and geology in our region of prime importance if we are to understand why we should conserve wild places for future generations. David will be presenting the geological history of Seymour Valley.
Alex Douglas has worked and lived on Mt. Seymour for the past 41 years. In the winters he started as a Lift Attendant, Ski Instructor and Rental Technician, but over the years has worked his way up to being the Rental and Retail Manager and generally the “go to guy” on the history of Mt. Seymour. In the summers he started in 1972 as a camper with the Toni Sailer Summer Ski Camp on Whistler Mountain. Over the next 22 summers he became the Camp Director in charge of the day to day activities of the camp. There was then 13 summers with the Rocky Mountaineer Tour Train and now he is enjoying touring groups around Vancouver but especially the North Shore Mountains and Uncle Al’s cabin Tours. He’s a member of North Vancouver Museum and Archive, Whistler Museum and the Deep Cove Heritage Association. He also operates Mount Seymour History Project (MSHP), the annual Pioneers Reunion and the website www.mtseymourhistory.ca. Alex will be portraying a logger character to reveal the industry’s history at Mount Seymour Park.
Christine Elsey (MA) (PhD) is a dance artist, choreographer and published author. She participated in the movement to “Save The Stein Valley” until it eventually became the Nlaka’pamux Stein Tribal Heritage Park in 1996. Christine has St’at’imc ancestry through one of her Grandmothers and will be sharing contemporary stories of growing up on the Seymour River.
Lloyd Knutsen is a volunteer with Metro Vancouver Parks at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park where he leads guided hikes on history related themes. He is also coordinator of the Lynn Headwaters Mining Heritage Inventory and a member of the Mining History Association. Born in New Westminster his subtle accent betrays his Norwegian ancestry. Lloyd will be portraying the character of Ole Johansen, te second Park Ranger of Mount Seymour Provincial Park.
Graham White is a student intern for Deep Cove Heritage Society. He will be playing the character of renowned Canadian artist Frederick Varley. Mr. Varley saw art as a spiritual vocation. His interest in the figure as well as landscape set him apart from other members of the Group of Seven, of which he was a founding member in 1920. “The artist’s job is to unlock fetters and release spirit, to tear to pieces and recreate so forcefully that . . . the imagination of the onlooker is awakened and completes within himself the work of art.” (F.H. Varley, February 1936).