Salmon in the News
Monday, 18 April 2011 09:14
Last week the Burnaby Newsleader ran a story about Jennifer Atchison, an extraordinary volunteer and streamkeeper that the Foundation had the honor of getting to know through her years of dedication with the Stoney Creek Streamkeeper Group. According to the story “Building could be named for Jennifer Atchison,” a portable located on the grounds of Stoney Creek Community School is being considered for a name change in recognition of her legacy of dedication to protecting and improving the salmon resource.
Atchison passed away after a brave battle with cancer on August 20, 2010 leaving behind many friends, family, admirers and a legacy of accomplishments. The Foundation had the honor of awarding Atchison’s service to salmon conservation in British Columbia at the Vancouver Dinner last year. The award was named for the Foundation’s first chairman George Hungerford, and was created to recognize an outstanding community volunteer with a long record of service to B.C. salmon conservation. As part of the award, Atchison was able to direct a $10,000 grant to her streamkeeping group for future projects.
Stoney Creek begins atop Burnaby Mountain, adjacent to SFU – where Atchison had been volunteering since the mid-nineties. Thanks to the efforts of the group, the creek went from no returns to returns of Nooksack Dace, which are endangered, sea-run cutthroat, pinks, coho and chum. Since 1999, the Foundation contributed a total of $14,480 to Stoney Creek Restoration Society for a variety of projects, including $7,800 to help rehabilitate habitat, $1,550 for education and awareness activities in the community and a further $5,103 to undertake in-stream assessment to determine if road salt has an impact on the salmon egg development.
“Jennifer Atchison set an inspiring precedent as a streamkeeper. She truly understood the many complex issues that affect salmon and what needed to be done. She was an incredible person and a building named in her honour would be well-deserved ” said CEO and president Dr. Brian Riddell.