There are so many people who have contributed to the Sunshine Coast Trail project over the years – building and maintaining trails, building huts, advocating for land and forest protection, offering financial and in-kind donations, helping to publicize the hiking trail, using and spreading the word – it is truly a community effort. But here we’d like to recognize the unique contributions of the board of directors– several of whom have been serving since the beginning of PRPAWS in 1992.
Dave Bedry moved to Powell River with his wife in 2007. Since 2012 he has been helping with hut construction and trail work; he became a director in 2017. Dave views his contributions of labour as his form of tithing to something that contributes to his spiritual well-being. Many pictures of the SCT on Facebook are his.
Co-founder of PRPAWS, Scott has spent the past 25 years nurturing and building the dream of the Sunshine Coast Trail. Known for his great sense of humour, and his tireless trail building and maintenance, he’s also the official camp cook.
Keith moved to Powell River in 2012, and soon after began leaving his boot tread on the Sunshine Coast Trail. Keith ran the Marathon Shuffle as a participant in 2013, solo hiked the entire trail over ten days in 2014, and has since been involved with organizing the Marathon Shuffle, occasionally making an appearance on a PRPAWS work crew. He is a 2019 new addition to the Board of Directors with a passion for mature forest preservation and sustainable outdoor recreation.
When you visit the huts along the SCT, it is Jim’s vision that you are greeted with. Jim designed the huts, improving and tweaking each one as they were built. He supervised the building of all the huts and has also spent numerous hours building and maintaining trails.
Co-founder of PRPAWS, remembers thrashing around in wet salal looking for trail routes for what became the SCT. Monty has been a strong advocate for the trail over the years, providing invaluable research to promote and protect the SCT as well as the environment in general. Monty admires John Clark and Ardea herodias fanini.
Dustin moved to Powell River in 2017 and was immediately drawn to PRPAWS and the SCT. He first became involved assisting with trail maintenance efforts and has since played an active role in administrative and marketing tasks. He has a passion for the great outdoors, conservation, and sustainable development.
Co-founder of PRPAWS, Eagle has spent the past 25 years nurturing and actualizing the dream of the SCT through countless hours of planning, advocacy, public relations, meetings, negotiations, correspondence, as well as trail and hut building and maintenance.
Emily Walz: SECRETARY
Emily remembers hiking these trails as just a little girl, being all but dragged into the bush by her father Eagle. Now as an adult, you can’t keep her off of the SCT. She has joined the board to help continue the wilderness vision of PRPAWS, to share the well being and healing she experiences when out with the trees. “Out into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”
Photos and bios to come: Brian Johnston and Jesse Newman