For over 20 years, Stewart Duncan was a volunteer, director, president and one of the founding members of the Tsolum River Restoration Society. The capping of the mine, subsequent water quality improvements, return of pink salmon in 2015 that was of historical proportions, and a huge chum salmon return in 2016 are all the culmination of Stewart’s and other members of the community’s dedication to improving their local environment. Stewart passed away in February 2017, and is missed by everyone who knew him.
Father Charles Brandt
At age 94, Father Charles Brandt, well known in the Comox Valley, was a recipient of the BC Community Achievement Award in April from the British Columbia Achievement Foundation. The awards are described as “Recognizing and celebrating the spirit, imagination, dedication and contribution of British Columbians to their communities.”
Father Charles Brandt believes that it is humanity’s great work to transform our disruptive influence on the earth to a benign presence. As a leading member of the Tsolum River Restoration Society, in partnership with other groups, he spearheaded a campaign to get the old copper mine site capped at a cost of $4.5 million, which enabled
the immediate return of salmon to the river. Father Brandt has also volunteered with the Oyster River Enhancement Society contributing to the return of salmon and trout stocks to the once decimated river.
Jack is the past Executive Director of TRRS, who managed the society for nearly 20 years, and played an integral part in the stewardship and restoration of the river. Besides “getting dirty” in all our projects, he raised awareness and an appreciation of The Tsolum and tributaries, and connected and built partnerships between diverse members of the community.. We are grateful for his years of work in bringing the community and so many others together to benefit the health of the Tsolum.