A Place of Honour for Faye Smith on Centre Creek
LOCAL TIMBER COMPANIES, CONSERVATIONISTS HONOUR FAYE SMITH
Nov. 2, 2018 was a significant day for Oceanside conservationists. They gathered at the mouth of Centre Creek, a salmon-bearing tributary of the Englishman River to dedicate a plaque in honor of Faye Smith. Faye, a long time conservationist, died in the spring of 2017, leaving a huge legacy. She was well known for the yellow boots she wore while working on local streams – boots that will be hard to fill.
The memorial plaque was placed on a large boulder near the stream by TimberWest with whom Faye and the Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society (MVIHES) partnered on restoration projects to improve salmon production.
Faye’s friends from a number of organizations, including TimberWest, Island Timberlands, MVIHES, Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers, Friends of French Creek and others paid their respects and planted trees in Faye’s honor. Witnessing the event were coho salmon spawners, a bald eagle, a pair of kingfishers and a few dippers. As someone said: “Faye would be pleased with the appearance of some of the wildlife that she so passionately loved and respected”.
MVIHES wishes to thank TimberWest (particularly Molly Hudson), and Island Timberlands for this demonstration of appreciation and respect for a valued conservationist and friend.”
For more information, contact
Peter Law, President
Mid-Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society