In Memory of Dulce Paulino

 Dulce helping with invasive plant removal at Hoy Creek in 2015

Dulce helping with invasive plant removal at Hoy Creek in 2015

In October our society lost a valued member and dear friend. Dulce Paulino had been serving Hoy-Scott Watershed Society (HSWS) for over 2 years, and was always there to lend a hand. She was involved in salmon feeding, hatchery maintenance, fin clipping, riparian work along Hoy and Scott Creeks, trail and stream cleaning, as well as representing our society at public events. She also took the Streamkeepers certification training course offered by the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation.

"Dulce loved the hatchery and her work with the Society," said hatchery manager Rodney Lee. "She was one of the warmest, kindest people that I know of and I will miss her enthusiasm as part of our group.  She always wanted to get involved regardless of how she was feeling.  She told me it was always 'better than staying at home.'  Weed pull - Dulce was there.  Fin clipping - she was there too.  In the few years she had been with the group, she participated - feeding, staffing our booth at events, stream keeper's course.  It didn't matter.  And to wrap up each event 'okay, it's time for a picture!' Dulce would say.  Her willful spirit will live on among us."

 Dulce representing HSWS with colleagues Malcolm and Kyle at the Hyde Creek Salmon Festival in 2015.

Dulce representing HSWS with colleagues Malcolm and Kyle at the Hyde Creek Salmon Festival in 2015.

"Dulce was always great at remembering to take photos of our activities," said HSWS president Robbin Whachell. "She was also very proud of her husband Ed's photography and would send us his photos for use on our website, posters and banners, and our Facebook page. Thanks to Dulce we have been able to document much of our efforts."

"Dulce was always willing to help out for any event, especially the weed pulls and the stream cleanups ," said HSWS treasurer Kyle Uno. "I will always remember how proud she was of her son Daniel.

 Dulce during our Scott Creek cleanup in 2015.

Dulce during our Scott Creek cleanup in 2015.

"Dulce always struck me as a positive person.  She never hesitated to volunteer for anything, and was always smiling," said HSWS director Chris Hamming.

Dulce Lagdameo Paulino was born June 8, 1961 in Quezon City, Philippines. Her Celebration of Lifewas held on October 28th at the St. Claire Assisi Parish in Coquitlam.  The program booklet said, "As a volunteer, Dulce loved nature and enjoyed helping in the community and in her church and in any type of organization where her service was welcomed. She was a selfless woman who dedicated her life to doing charity work..."

The Society extends our condolences to Dulce's family, in particular to Ed, Monique and Daniel.

 Dulce clearing garbage from Hoy Creek.

Dulce clearing garbage from Hoy Creek.

We thank Dulce for her years of service to our Society. She will be greatly missed.

A Book of Memories for Dulce was set up by her family for people to offer condolences and can be viewed HERE.

 Dulce with the Coquitlam Bear during the City of Coquitlam's Environment Awards in 2015.

Dulce with the Coquitlam Bear during the City of Coquitlam's Environment Awards in 2015.