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Flash Back Fridays

BRUCE and PATTY KILOH 1975

We had been active in teaching in the public school system after graduating from both PE and Education at UBC. We had become aware of a Wilderness Leadership Course that was available. If teachers were prepared to use some of their “summer holiday,” districts would subsidize the costs of the three week course. We were excited to hear we had been accepted.. We had no preconceived ideas of the site, the instructors, the region, the food, or the overall philosophy behind becoming a wilderness leader of young people.

We were introduced to our instructors, Geoff Evans and Ray Preece, the 12 other members taking the course, and the managers of the Lodge, Myrna and Jim Boulding.

Bruce crossing a river

Bruce crossing a river

Ray and Geoff had both emigrated from England where Geoff had excelled in kayaking and Ray as an outstanding sailor and general outdoorsmen. Both had worked for Outward Bound. Jim and Myrna had had other instructors but these two seemed to have a real chemistry. There was immediate respect for their personal backgrounds and what they brought to program at Strathcona. Read more

Flash Back Fridays

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION COURSES OFFERED TEACHERS AT STRATHCONA PARK LODGE 1974

In early 1974 a very unfortunate event that happened when a group of school children and their teachers set out to paddle down the Willow River near Kamloops, B.C. and many were drowned. First, Jim and Elizabeth met with the Deputy Minister of Education. Later, Jim, Alice Culbert and Geoff Evans met with Eileen Dailly in her office and told her of the need to train teachers in Outdoor Education so that such an accident would be unlikely to happen again.

Standing proud in front of the front entrance of Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Cetre

Eileen was the Minister of Education with the NDP, a left wing party then in power. Eileen’s list of accomplishments while in office is long, but among the highlights are the introduction of mandatory kindergartens in the province, the abolishment of capital punishment in B.C. schools, and the creation of the first Native School District. From my point of view, a highlight of her career also included her decision to educate teachers with large scale programs to be run at Strathcona Lodge that following summer. Read more