Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sad loss of key volunteer


Donna and Ken Crosby were key volunteers at Treefest, the annual celebration of the heritage tree collection on the Riverview Hospital site.      photo: V. Otton 


Photo and article from the Burke Mountain Naturalists newsletter:  January 2017 Issue 281BMN Loses Stalwart Volunteer Donna Crosby

 by Elaine Golds 


     Many BMN members will be saddened to learn of the passing of Donna Crosby on December 24. Donna was a long-time and stalwart BMN member whose passion was for Riverview and its very uncertain future. I had the pleasure of serving with Donna on Coquitlam’s Riverview Stewardship Committee for many years. 


      As a member of that group, representing the RV Horticultural Centre Society (RHCS), Donna made a contribution that truly deserves to be remembered. She always did her homework and attended every meeting well prepared with very strategic questions about the management and future of Riverview’s tree collection. The answers we typically received were vague and often not especially helpful. Donna politely kept the government and consultant staff on their toes with her incisive questions and by constantly referring to written comments taken from minutes of previous meetings. I think that over the years, it was Donna’s well thought-through and careful questions that gradually built up the confidence of the City staff members, and that ultimately helped to build a solid and trusting relationship between BMN, RHCS and the provincial consultants handling the Riverview file. Donna was consistently gracious, diligent, persistent and always polite; the strategy she chose was very effective. 


      For several months prior to the each annual Treefest, there were seemingly endless calls and emails between Donna and Riverview and City staff. She had the good sense to be able to anticipate problems and this was generally what made the organization of Treefest proceed without problems. In years past, Donna’s husband Ken was another of the volunteers upon whom Treefest depended. 


      A few months ago, Donna lost Ken after nursing him at home over a slow decline. This year, she had the unenviable task of organizing Treefest without Ken by her side. 

       Donna had superb organizational skills. I recall one meeting at Donna’s home where we were discussing a relatively minor aspect of Riverview’s history. To clarify the point under discussion, Donna went to her records and, in minute or two, returned with copies of the documents we had been discussing!
 

       Donna also spent countless hours preparing for the monthly public tree walks at Riverview. Over the years, the numbers of knowledgeable volunteers to lead these walks has gradually diminished. Thankfully, Norma Gillespie has kindly risen to the challenge of promoting Riverview’s tree collection. During the past few years, Norma has led many successful public monthly tree walks and awakened many people in our community to the impressive tree collection found at Riverview. Donna attended almost all of these monthly tree walks. She always was quietly present just in case she was needed - she well knew what a challenge it could be if forty people showed up anticipating a professional tree tour. 

Donna was a sincere and wonderfully dedicated volunteer. She will be much missed



ed. note:

  Kenneth Bruce Crosby ( 4 June 1941 -  24 April 2016 ) 
was a retired Coquitlam firefighter, always helping out when needed.



  Donna and Ken put in many years of passionately pushing the cause of preserving Riverview for whom it was intended; the health care of the people of Canada.


 Donna May Crosby,  nee, Donna May Elliot  9 May 1941 - 24 December 2016 ( obituary )

Saturday, December 31, 2016

IR 3?

2016: Kwikwetlem lays claim to Riverview, Colony Farm and parts of Port Coquitlam
The visioning process is complete and the future of Riverview Hospital looks likely to include some form of mixed-use development.

And for something completely different:  Making  Lime Bast Rope in Norway.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Conflicting ideas

Ongoing saga of Coquitlam council having issues with the Provice.

Coquitlam, province at odds on Riverview Hospital
‘Break-even’ plan for Riverview work raises council’s ire

         No mention of the ongoing discussions with the local first nations; have not offered enough compensation yet, I guess.

        Meanwhile Valleyview300 has been levelled in preparation for  a new building. I have not seen any concept drawings for this building yet.  Certainly scarred up the grounds considerably with all the probing, new pipes, tree marking, flagging, spray paint marking for this venture.

UPDATE:   The first artcle above generated some letters to the editor:
     Appalled at province’s plan for Riverview site in Coquitlam


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Conflicting alliances

So we have a "councillor" who appears to be in very much in conflict of interest position, but as usual he does not see it that way.   A child could see this conflict and not get involved.

Coquitlam councillor is on board of Kwikwetlem biz company
A Coquitlam city councillor who is also vice-chair of the city’s Riverview Lands Advisory Committee has a new role that could potentially land him in a conflict.


So in the last post I linked to Elaine Golds article:  Green Scene: A disturbing demolition on Riverview grounds , published June 23. there were some reply letters:   ( June 27; Follow the Money ) ; ( July 6; Riverview developers Gold )



Sadly Valleyview is being demolished, such a substantial building, that could have easily been brought up to date.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

removal of Valleyview

Sadly the present government is continuing down its enviromentally unfriendly path of totalling removing Valleyview a purpose-built building for Senior care, and will replace it with some tiny place devoted to drug-users.

Article by Elaine Golds:
Green Scene: A disturbing demolition on Riverview grounds
I must admit to being disheartened by the demolition that is currently happening on the Riverview Hospital grounds in accordance with the plans announced by BC Housing last December.

The open-houses are long gone, and typical of the various governments, they release reports in summer.
So the RenewingRiverview has released their final reports, on cue.

The final Summary Report is available at this time (PDF) no mention of a timeline of when the Complete
Report will be released for the public's purview.

The level of care in Valleyview was astounding by many reports, under frequently difficult circumstances seniors with multiple health issues were provided with quality care; sad to see this still useful building go.

It appears that the present government is continuing down its path of selling off the lands for development, regardless of what the majority of the taxpayers want the site to be used for, PUBLIC HEALTH, as originally intended.




Save the Riverview Hospital lands

The Riverview Hospital lands, are under pressure to be developed into market housing. Help to save the lands as a healing sanctuary for the mentally ill of OUR Province.



Please join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society,( RHCS ) Facebook page. Twitter too!

Please sign the On-line petition or download a Word document petition ,which is a more official type of petition.
Blogs, about the hospital grounds
Mike Farnworth,MLA; Facebook forum " Protect the Riverview Lands"
And another Facebook group: Riverview Preservation Society
this group also has a petition to sign.

Click-able Map of the Riverview site

BISCO -- Brookside-Leeside-Roadside -- Centre Lawn -- Colony Farm
Crease Clinic -- East Lawn -- Essondale Hospital
Finnie's Garden -- Henry Esson Young -- Hillside unit
Home for the Aged-Valleyview -- North Lawn
Nurses homes -- Pennington Hall -- TreeFest -- West Lawn
John Davidson; "Botany John" blog. He was the first Provincial Botanist, who created British Columbia's first Botanical Garden at Riverview.
Other groups involved Riverview Horticultural Centre Society
Who also have a media NEWS Blog
You can also download a 42 page report titled, For the future of Riverview created by the Riverview Task Force.
Or Burke Mountain Naturalists, report: The Riverview Hospital Site, Respecting its Past,Realizing its Future
Coquitlam has designated the buildings and grounds, as a heritage site.
Download the Statement of Significance; SoS report PDF

Tour through the grounds


Paul Buikema, of Progress Landscaping, created this video.

Treefest 2011 slideshow


A slideshow of images from the Tree festival of 2011. Created in HD. Enjoy.

Riverview trees

Finnie's Garden -- slideshow

Finnie's Garden -- Pond restoration slideshow

TreeFest -- slideshow