Member Tributes

Hoy/Scott Watershed Society Loses Founding Member

Chris Hamming in 2018 during Salmon Come Home.

Chris Hamming in 2018 during Salmon Come Home.

Our society is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our founding members, Chris Hamming who passed away this month. Chris was a beloved retired school teacher and salmon educator; and a hard-working volunteer of not only the Hoy Creek Hatchery but Tynehead Hatchery as well. Chris also volunteered for many years at Science World.

In 2018 the Society honoured Chris for his many years of service. The photo above was taken during Salmon Come Home in 2018.

“Chris was such an extraordinary person,” said Keith Kozak, founding member of the Society. “His energies, inspiration, and dedication to his passions, and teaching was something to be admired. Chris was an invaluable resource for the formation of HSWS. When I was president, and our group decided to officially form a society, the time and numerous meetings with Chris for his feedback were extremely vital to our agenda.”

“I am sure that all Hoy members who knew Chris will miss his warm smile and positive attitude,” said founding member Linda Gorsline who now lives in Ontario. “He was a natural teacher, a lover of nature and was always interested in the opinions and ideas of others. He was always willing to help in Hoy projects. I am sad to know he has left us, but will always have happy memories of him and I am very pleased that I was lucky to know him.”

"Chris was one of the original members that encouraged me to get involved," said Tim Tyler, a former HSWS president. "He led with that smile and by doing, and was a pleasure to deal with: funny, enthusiastic, practical, optimistic and always willing to ‘lift his end of the log’ so to speak. A runner and rower, it was not widely known that as an educator he was also involved in the Science Fair on a regular basis. He was one of the good ones and his passing is a loss to us all. My condolences to his family."

His memorial service was held at Tapestry Mundy Park Church in Coquitlam on June 5. Hoy-Scott Watershed Society president Robbin Whachell spoke on behalf of the society. Read her remarks here.

Chris Hamming was knows as the “Salmon Educator” (seen here in 2015 at Salmon Come Home)

Chris Hamming was knows as the “Salmon Educator” (seen here in 2015 at Salmon Come Home)

Chris being interviewed on radio in 2015.

Chris being interviewed on radio in 2015.

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.

Long-serving HSWS member acknowledged at Coquitlam Environmental Achievement Awards

Some of our current members in attendance from left to right: Chris Hamming, Ducle Paulino, Lilian Elliott, Robbin Whachell, Kyle Uno and Nathen Blower. (Photo: Ed Paulino / HSWS)

Some of our current members in attendance from left to right: Chris Hamming, Ducle Paulino, Lilian Elliott, Robbin Whachell, Kyle Uno and Nathen Blower. (Photo: Ed Paulino / HSWS)

On June 11th the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society attended the annual awards night put on by the City of Coquitlam at Dogwood Pavillion to honour and thank local groups and recognize individuals, organizations and educators who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to promoting, conserving and enhancing Coquitlam’s natural environment.

It was an extra special evening for us as our one or of society's longest-serving members, EARL ELLIOTT (Seen below, right), was honoured in the individual category. Earl happened to be out of town on a kayaking trip, but his wife Lilian accepted on his behalf.

Earl Elliott joined the Hoy Scott Watershed Society in November 2006, starting as one of our daily feeders, which he still continues to this day.  Earl is a conscientious and committed volunteer and is always there to lend a hand where needed. He participates and helps out at our annual Salmon Come Home and Salmon Leave Home Festivals, our annual stream clean ups, as well as assists with our invasive plant removals and hatchery maintenance, now contributing close to 1000 man hours.

Lilian Elliott accepted her husband Earl's award certificate on his behalf.

Lilian Elliott accepted her husband Earl's award certificate on his behalf.

In 2012, the Society was at a crossroads, with a decline in volunteers and/or those retiring from active service.  Earl stepped up and assumed the Vice President role, as well as assisted hatchery manager, Rodney Lee, in a new weekly public engagement activity that boosted membership and commitment levels.  Without Earl’s commitment and active role in operations, the Hoy-Scott Creek Watershed Society might not exist today. He even recruited his wife, Lilian to join the Society, and they are a solid fixture at meetings and events. Thank you Earl!

As always the city put on a lovely evening full of great food, fun environment-themed trivia, and there were lots of special guests and raffle prizes.

A big THANK YOU to Ed Paulino for taking these photos to capture our night.
See MORE PHOTOS on our Facebook album.

The two Hoy-Scott Watershed Society tables 9 and 10. (Photo: Ed Paulino / HSWS)

The two Hoy-Scott Watershed Society tables 9 and 10. (Photo: Ed Paulino / HSWS)

Long-serving member, Len Meneghello honoured by Hoy-Scott Watershed Society

Hatchery manager, Rodney Lee presents Len Meneghello with a certificate of appreciation for his service to the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society. (Photo: Robbin Whachell / HSWS)

Hatchery manager, Rodney Lee presents Len Meneghello with a certificate of appreciation for his service to the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society. (Photo: Robbin Whachell / HSWS)

This year's Salmon Leave Home was the perfect opportunity to invite long-serving member, Len Meneghello, who recently hung up his hip-waders to come out and enjoy the day with former colleagues on May 1st at the Hoy Creek Hatchery.

After the event was officially open with words and a ceremonial salmon release by members of Kwikwetlem First Nation, society members surprised Len with a special tribute and presentation which took place by the concrete salmon adjacent to the creek.

Society director, Robbin Whachell read a tribute written by long-standing member and salmon educator Chris Hamming; and hatchery manager, Rodney Lee presented Len with a certificate of appreciation.  HSWS member, Lilian Elliott presented a metal salmon gift from the society. It was perfect that Len's wife Donna and his two children, Martin and Tricia Lynn were also present.

The society takes this opportunity to wish Len the best on his retirement!

Honouring Len!  From left to right: Ed Hall, Earl Elliott, Beverley Mrockowski, Lilian Elliott, Donna Meneghello, Tricia Lynn Meneghello, Len Meneghello, Martin Meneghello, and Rodney Lee. 
 

A tribute for Len, written by Chris Hamming:

Len has been a community volunteer for many years. After having been a volunteer driver for elderly patients, Len joined the Hoy/Scott Creek Watershed Society. Len was gung-ho, participating in all the activities of the group.

Weekly, without fail, he would be feeding the fry and cleaning in and around the pond. You could count on Len when there was trail work to be done. Removing invasive species and replanting with native species was no problem for Len. With great enthusiasm, he helped with the major public events Salmon Leave Home in the spring and Salmon Come Home in the fall. Early in the morning of the day of the event, he would cheerfully set up the event signs in the neighbourhood and take them down again at the end of the day-no sweat. He would supply the volunteers with cream/sugar/coffee.

If things were broken, Len would be the first to try to fix it. As a no-nonsense guy, his manner was straight forward and to the point.

There is a great legacy at the creek, close to the hatchery building, that has Len’s stamp on it - the Salmon Statue. It took a great deal of planning, maneuvering, leveling and adjusting skill to get the mold to be set up just so. Len's practical knowledge and directing was of great help. There was only one thing that Len did not like, that was attending meetings. Len is a man of action. Len, you are going to be missed!

See more photos of our Salmon Leave Home event.

Left to right: Ed Hall, Councillor, Kwikwetlem First Nation; Len Meneghello, honoured reitiree of HSWS; and Beverley Mrockowski, Elder, Kwikwetlem First Nation (Photo: Robbin Whachell / HSWS)