Loss of a great friend.......
It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Faye Smith, our friend and Project Co-ordinator, on March 23. Faye was the heart and soul of the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society which was established in 1996 to restore wild Pacific salmon to mid Vancouver Island watersheds.
Faye was passionate about involving communities in the stewardship of their watersheds, with the belief that residents can make a difference when they learn the connection between what is happening on land and the health of wild salmon. The “Watershed Health and You” program was developed for just this purpose.
“The advancement in knowledge of the Englishman River Watershed is greatly due to Faye’s continuous hard work, whether in organizing volunteers for sampling water, filling applications for funding, organizing public meetings, attending public forums … and asking hard questions. And always with a smile and a lot of class.” Gilles Wendling
“Faye Smith is a terrific example of a dedicated stream-keeper, whose many hours of volunteer time, working on our small urban streams, lakes and wetlands is having an important influence on local government’s policy concerning watercourses.” Peter Law
Contributions to MVIHES will be used to continue Faye’s work in community watershed stewardship and salmon habitat restoration projects.
Faye is already greatly missed.