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.
PRPAWS’ liaison with the Sierra Club, Wes has been a valuable advocate and researcher for protection of the environment, the Sunshine Coast Trail, and park spaces in the Powell River area.
Since moving to Powell River in 2013 Ben has been involved in Search & Rescue and the Outdoor Recreation User Group (ORUG). He became a director of PAWS in 2017, and has been involved in many work parties and trail days. His favourite quote is “When you come to a fork in the road, take it” – Yogi Berra
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.
Another of the earliest members of PRPAWS, Don got hooked when he met Scott and Eagle as they were all headed up to Emma Lake and the SCT was still just a dream. Don has spent countless hours promoting the trail and maintaining it, always making hard work fun.
The creative force behind the website, social media and helping with the general promotion of the trail. Emma deals with all manner of computer and print promo that broadcast the beauty of the SCT, inviting the world to visit.
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.
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 loose my mind and find my soul.”
Photos and bios to come: Greg Rebane