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British Columbia parks video histories

British Columbia parks video histories

 

In 2008, the Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia donated to UVic Archives interviews conducted for the documentary: BC Parks: Celebrating 100 Years of Recreation and Protection .

The Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia video history collection was digitized through the support of the BC History Digitization Program, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia.

The Elders Council for Parks in BC is an independent society, whose members are retired parks system employees and conservation advocates who have dedicated a significant portion of their lives to parks and protected areas in BC.

Parks elders interviewed for this project: Bob Ahrens, Victor Bopp, Bert Brink, Luc Campeau, Ric Careless, Jim Delikatny, Yorke Edwards, Ken Farquharson, Milt Goddard, Don Gough, Herb Green, Gordon MacDonald, Ian McTaggart-Cowan, Ed Mankelow, Tom Moore, Denis O'Gorman, David Stirling, and John Woodworth.

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  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-25)
    Continuation of 2008 Ahrens interview. Ahrens continues to discuss BC Parks’ interpretation program, including internal critics, and tells an anecdote about being “too practical” at Rathtrevor Beach and successes at Kokanee ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-25)
    Bob Ahrens interview in 2008 by Rick Searle. Ahrens discusses land acquisition for parks, including compromising on park boundaries, land exchanges and acquisitions with resource entitlements; examples include Sooke Mountain ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-25)
    Bob Ahrens interviewed by Rick Searle in 2008. Ahrens speaks about choosing a career in BC Parks [1949-1979], his early work in the forestry industry and education. Ahrens discusses the historical beginnings of BC Parks ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-25)
    Bert Brink interviewed by Rick Searle. Brink discusses his education and family background which lead to his career in plant and grass land ecology. He speaks about his work with the Federation of BC Naturalists, the ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-25)
    Ric Careless interviewed by Rick Searle. Careless speaks about his involvement in protecting natural areas (1970-2006) through his work in the Sierra Club on Vancouver Island, Tatsheshini Wild/BC Spaces for Nature,the ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-25)
    Continuation of the Bob Ahrens interview Fall 2007. Ahrens discusses the strengths and weakness of his mentors E.G. Oldham and Donald McMurtry. He speaks about the historical relationship between forestry and parks, as ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-25)
    Ken Farquharson interviewed by Rick Searle. Farquharson speaks about his involvement with BC Parks and protected areas from the 1960s, including work with the Save Cypress Bowl committee, the Run Out Skagit Spoilers ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-25)
    Continuation of the Stirling interview October 2006. Stirling speaks about tensions between park interpreters and park managers/operations, which he feels lead to decline of interpretation program. He also discusses the ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-25)
    Ian McTaggart-Cowan interviewed by Rick Searle. McTaggart-Cowan speaks about the Rockies and the birds/sounds of the uplands. He discusses his background in biology and naturalism, including reminiscences of childhood, ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-25)
    Donald (Don) George Gough interviewed by Rick Searle. Gough speaks about his employment with BC Parks (1967-2002), and the contract work he still does today. He lists the parks he worked in, including Emory Creek and ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-25)
    Footage begins with scenic shots at South Park in the South Okanagan/Okanagan Lake Park, including the lake, water, shore, hills with talking in the background, birds; campgrounds with sound of lawnmower, children, dog ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-25)
    Tom Moore interviewed by Rick Searle. Moore speaks about his employment with BC Parks (1950-1995), including positions as district manager and regional manager. He names the parks he worked in, which included most of the ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-25)
    Robert (Bob) Williams interviewed by Rick Searle. Williams speaks about his involvement with BC Parks and protected areas in his role as Minister of Recreation and Conservation and Minister of Land, Forest and Water ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-18)
    Victor Bopp interviewed by Rick Searle. Bopp speaks about his employment with BC Parks (1963-1995) and the parks he worked in. He touches on the changes he witnessed over the years, especially in terms of training, ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-18)
    John Woodworth interviewed by Rick Searle. Woodworth speaks about his involvement with BC Parks and protected areas through Okanagan-Similkameen Parks Society from 1950s to 1980s. Woodworth discusses his work in various ...
  • EKOS Communications; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951 (2011-05-18)
    Denis O’Gorman interviewed by Rick Searle. O’Gorman talks about his involvement with BC Parks as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for BC Parks (1995-2001), his work with the Commission on Resources and Environment ...
  • EKOS Communications; Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951-; Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia (2011-05-17)
    Lucien (Luc) Campeau interviewed by Rick Searle. Campeau speaks about his employment with BC Parks, from 1955 until his retirement as district manager [year not given]. He names the parks he worked in; his major ...

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