March 13, 2020
Ellen and Don have been Columbia Valley residents since 1970. They raised two sons and countless organic vegetables on a large acreage south of Golden.
Ellen and other Columbia Valley residents were able to stop the spraying of toxic pesticides over the Columbia Valley wetlands in the early 1980s. In 1992, residents again came together to put a stop to a toxic waster incinerator that would have poisoned our entire air shed. During the 1990s, Ellen worked for the BC Law Foundation as a community advocate. Undertaking this very fulfilling role, she was able to assist Columbia Valley residents to obtain benefits to which they were genuinely entitled but had been refused. Benefits would come from WCB, employment insurance, welfare, tenant’s rights and other government programs that are daunting for the average person to navigate.
Over the next 20 years Ellen helped protect the Cummins Valley, a true Rocky Mountain rain forest and the east shore of Columbia Lake and helped ensure the rights of wildlife in the Columbia Wetlands.
The infamous boating regulation became law in the fall of 2016. It seemed like a fitting period at the end of a sentence, Ellen fully retired to a life she was born to live, gardening, long walks with the dogs, cooking up a storm, enjoying a number of incredible friends, feeding people and being a grandmother to 4 amazing grand kids.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the very dedicated and caring staff and Doctors of the Golden Hospital. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Wildsight, Golden Women’s Resource Centre, Little Mittens or any local charity of your choice.
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