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ANNE FIDDICK 1973

Anne Fiddick

Anne Fiddick

The day of the SPL fire, my brother Earl was working at the Gold River Pulp Mill when he fell off the top of a super tanker and broke his ankle in several places. He was taken in the ambulance, which was a station wagon type vehicle, to the Campbell River Hospital. They stopped along the way because the Lodge was on fire. The driver stopped to see if anyone was hurt or
needed help. Earl said he could feel the heat of the fire on the windows beside him as he lay in the back of the station wagon parked on the highway. It was a fearsome thing. By the time I had heard of his accident and I had set off to see him in the Campbell River hospital all I saw was wisps of smoke and the burning embers, as I drove by. The bear statue was the remaining sentinel over the disaster. It was seriously singed. My thoughts were for the safety of everyone, and then when learning nobody was hurt, that all those beautiful Indian baskets and carvings were gone in the smoke and ash, I felt badly.

An earlier memory was when Jim Boulding and others, including Tom Feely (Myrna’s cousin who used to live in Gold River) went heli-skiing on Roger’s Ridge for the exorbitant rate of $50 for the day, while Roberta Feely and I skied on the rope tow on the hill behind the Lodge. My kids were little and they had a blast and went on to love skiing. In those days in Gold River it snowed so much that the big D-8 Cat had to be used to take away the shoveled piles of snow from people’s driveways. My children went on school trips to SPL to learn outdoor skills. I accompanied some of those trips and learned a lot on the bog walk and some canoeing skills. The girls are in their 40s now and still talk about some of those trips. Even after having been mayor ofGold River for 18 years, I still found my time as Office Manager at the Lodge to be a test of my skills, enjoyable though it was. The best part was the people, those who worked there and those who visited. We had such a variety of people and skills in that ‘village’. You are the Queen of the place and Jamie the crown prince. The Boulding family was wonderful even if I did have huge debates with David!!! (Jim’s nephew, a lawyer.) It all added to the ambience of the place and the underlying feeling that it was run by good people with the best of intentions and ideals. Yes, I think that is the only reason I worked there was because the atmosphere proved that that life could be good, kind and healthy.

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Flash Back Fridays

DOUG DOBYNS 1973

I worked up at the Lodge first in 1973 and had to leave to go back to Swe- den. You offered me a job and I was able to immigrate in March 1974. I worked mostly through that year and parts of the next two. I took off to go on the First Whale Voyage with Greenpeace, and again to work on the United Nations Conference on Human Habitat.

One of the things I remember best was going out to the West Coast to do a Survival Trip with Jim. We were accompanying some graduate students from SFU. It was around Easter and we ate shellfish, seaweed, and nettles. But the students lived mostly on schnapps and other sweet booze. It was stormy and we had to get the 24 foot boat into the kelp line. Jim and I had a good time watching the kids get wasted and stand around under a tarp, while we went out and collected enough food to have something to eat. I was running the Zodiac and had one ofthe best times of my life. Another time Jim went down tothe Comox Air Base to join a protest against the nuclear weapons that the Americans had stored there. Rosemary Brown was the featured speaker and we must have had two hundred in the crowd. Rosemary was an articulate black woman and for years a member of the B.C. legislature as a New Democrat. Like Eileen Dailly, she was ahead of her time and the strongest advocate in government for women. The military stood on their side of the fence and threw eggs and tomatoes at us, and Rosemary did not break stride in her talk. Jim didn’t get mad. On the way back Jim and I had some good talks – peace and ecology and all that. My kind of thing. Read more