Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 06, 2020
Jim Kanester arranged an onsite meeting at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, catered by Dominic Dlouhy’s wife Marilyn’s “Boarding House Café.”  It was a perfect fall morning for an outdoor meeting.  Jim introduced ABNC’s new Centre Manager, Cheryl Hood, & their Board Chair, Jim Popowich.  Cheryl started with ABNC in February 2020, almost immediately diving into uncharted “Covid-19 territory,” & navigating a multitude of operational restrictions, safety protocols & major revenue reductions.  She credits a talented Board, adaptable staff & a dedicated group of volunteers for their success in pulling through a very challenging year of reduced visits.  Our late long-time SSR member, Ken Barton, & current member Bob Clarke (with wife Debbie), were founding members of ABNC.  Cheryl described adaptions made to their “Ken Barton Learning Centre,” & a new childrens’ play area, with unique log climbing structures, sponsored by the Kal Tire Foundation.  Walkabout tours, led by Cheryl & Bob, revealed numerous improvements to the buildings & property, including the amphitheater used for live raptor shows & other events, plus a large sundial, explained by Jim, who built much of the structure himself, along with colleagues from his Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Okanagan Centre.