The Elders Council for Parks in BC is an independent society. It is a medium for individuals who have dedicated a significant portion of their lives to our parks and protected areas systems in BC to lead or participate in specific volunteer projects to ensure the long term well being of this world-class parks system.
How did it get started?
Bob Peart and Chloe O’Loughlin from the BC Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society met with a couple of retirees in March 2004 who had worked with the federal and provincial governments, to float the idea. There was good support, a steering committee was formed, and the society was established in September 2004.
How do you join?
Anyone who has spent much of their career or volunteer life working for parks and protected areas in BC can join if they are prepared to actively lead or contribute to the work and projects of the council. In order to ensure that all of our parks elders can be informed and participate, we have no membership fee. Individuals are encouraged to make a financial contribution to the best of their abilities in order to ensure that the work of Elders Council can be accomplished. Elders may be engaged in fund raising and volunteer recruitment as part of their project involvement.
How many members do you have?
We have on our mailing list about 250 potential elders. 175 individuals came to our inaugural launch event and believe that there are others who will want to join the council.
How is the Council structured?
The steering committee meets every month or so. They adopt, review, support and organize projects.
The Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia organization is a registered society of B.C.
The elders are all those individuals who have made a significant and sustained commitment to parks and protected areas in BC.
What are the objectives of the Council?
The purpose of the Society is to educate the public, government, and news media about public parks in British Columbia, by:
1. Providing courses, seminars and workshops about public parks
2. Supporting the long term well being of public parks and their use and enjoyment by the public
3. Recognizing persons and organizations that have made an extraordinary contribution to the creation and stewardship of public parks
4. Acquiring, protecting and displaying artifacts related to the history of public parks and
5. Undertaking activities ancillary and incidental to the attainment of the above purpose
That’s a bit of a mouthful, what’s the short hand?
To provide folks who have helped to create and build this world-class system with the opportunity to continue to support it when they retire from full time park work or advocacy, through action-based project work. See our project list and find out how you can get involved.
How do I make a contribution to your work?
Simply send your donation to the “Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia”. This money will be held for the specific use of the Elders Council.
Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia
1620 Mt. Seymour Road
North Vancouver, B.C