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Messages to the Gwen Barlee Memorial Fund

Peter Bates
Mon Jul 25, 2022

In loving memory of Gwen and to the important work that she started. She is not forgotten.

Emet Davis
Sun Jul 3, 2022

It is hard to believe that 5 years have passed. Gwen is so often in my thoughts--and in the hearts of so many. What an amazing person she was. May her memory be a blessing.

Mark Sparrow
Thu Jun 23, 2022
Amir Khalfan
Thu Jun 23, 2022

Gwen left a beautiful legacy for us to carry on. There is a special place in heaven for her. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

Veronica Barlee
Thu Jun 23, 2022

What a beautiful tribute to Gwen Barlee, a truly remarkable and wonderful person and environmental activist.

Sheila Ross
Thu Jun 23, 2022

Thanks for your work to save animals

Tom Perry
Wed Jun 22, 2022

I sure admired Gwen, and Bill, Kathleen, and the other Barlees ... We have been lucky to have such a public spirited family so devoted to the good of our Province and Canada. May Gwen continue to inspire many more people to work to conserve wilderness and wild and scenic places - young, old, and in-between people.

Dean Morewood
Wed Jun 22, 2022
Jo Fox
Wed Jun 22, 2022
Robert Taylor
Wed Jun 22, 2022

She made a huge difference for our precious wilderness and for future generations to understand how important it is to protect. We miss you Gwen very much and thank you for leading us!

Sheila Keene
Wed Dec 29, 2021
Thomas L. Perry
Wed Oct 13, 2021

I remember Gwen fondly, not to mention her fine parents Bill and Kathleen. Sorry she's no longer with us in person. Imagine what she'd be saying about old growth logging now!

Tom Perry
Thu Dec 31, 2020

We'll need more like Gwen, who was not afraid to challenge government when necessary, even though she had come from NDP background.

carol phelan
Sat Jun 20, 2020

In memory of my dear niece Gwen. Missed so very much.
Aunt Carol

Wed May 27, 2020

Deepest thank you for a courageous and determined advocate for
Our environment

Hugh Smith
Wed Apr 22, 2020

I knew Gwen vaguely and worked on a couple of projects with her in Northern Vancouver Island. I respected her deeply. Sorry for your loss. (I grew up in Penticton and attended Bill's high school.)

Linda Steele
Sat Dec 28, 2019

We knew Gwen through, and appreciated her advocacy for the Lyme community. Many Thanks, Linda and Michael

Inanna Judd and Gary Diers
Fri Mar 1, 2019

We didn't know Gwen well. She came to the Kootenays to support us in our campaign against the Glacier -Howser IPP. She impressed us with her dedication and strategic thinking and we just simply liked her. May her important work continue.

Nora Osborne
Fri Jun 1, 2018
Dean Morewood
Sat May 19, 2018
Miki Ehrlich
Thu May 17, 2018
Beachcomber Regina
Thu May 17, 2018

Hoping this donation helps see her dreams come true.

Tyson Schoeber
Wed May 16, 2018

I will continue to remember Gwen’s passion and dedication for the rest of my life. She was truly an inspiration and I am so happy that her life’s work will be able to continue through this fund!

Camille Mitchell
Mon May 14, 2018

With gratitude to Gwen Barlee

Mike Gildersleeve
Mon May 14, 2018

Thank you Gwen!

Peter Kerr
Sun May 13, 2018


Barbara Edwards
Sun May 13, 2018

Gwen was an inspirition to me. I first met her in a Lyme
Disease Support Group. Her wisdom and quiet leadership helped me to find the strength to heal. I am now completely free of Lyme Disease. Her honesty and integrity and passion for protecting nature has led me to support Western Wilderness Committee. It is with gratitude I support this legacy for this beautiful great woman.

rob dainow
Sat May 12, 2018
Michelle Johnson
Sat May 12, 2018

I’m proud to have had the honour to work Gwen. Determined to carry on her fight!

Don Bain
Sat May 12, 2018

Thank you Gwen.

Chris Kask
Thu May 10, 2018
Gregg Ashby
Wed May 9, 2018
Mark Sparrow
Mon May 7, 2018

I've really enjoyed all the Information / Maps / Pictures that Gwen Barlee and her staff have shared with me and others during her years as National Policy Director.

Emine Savlov
Thu Jan 18, 2018

In loving memory of Chloe O'Loughlin. The work continues, the love never dies.

Kathryn & Rex Crider
Wed Oct 18, 2017

It is a huge and extremely sad loss for family, friends, coworkers and the environment, but we shall carry on Gwen's wonderful endeavours and hard fought battles.

Wendy Smandych
Sat Sep 23, 2017

My deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. I appreciate the dedicated hard work that Gwen provided in support of our beautiful earth.

Joseph Scott
Thu Aug 24, 2017

Gwen was one of my personal heroes - a tireless champion for all things wild.

Anne & James Ginns
Thu Aug 3, 2017
Peter Wood
Mon Jul 31, 2017

I had the honour of working with Gwen on a number of campaigns, as director of conservation with CPAWS-BC. Gwen taught me so much about how to be an effective campaigner, from strategy to media and government relations. We spent many hours driving to the South Okanagan and back, road trips made much more fun because of lively conversation. We will all be trying to channel Gwen's strengths and values as we carry on our work. She will be deeply missed.

James Papadopoulos
Thu Jul 27, 2017
Arzeena Hamir
Thu Jul 27, 2017

I met Gwen through the United Way Public Policy Institute and we connected right away over bees and pesticide policy. She was a fierce warrior and I'll never forget her passion and commitment to the causes that were close to her heart. I hope even a small fraction of that passion lives within me now. We carry on doing work in her name for the benefit of this planet.

George Heyman
Wed Jul 26, 2017
Tyson Schoeber
Wed Jul 26, 2017

Gwen was a tremendous support to the students in my class as they researched and produced a short documentary about BC's endangered species a couple of years ago. She visited our school twice, facilitated their work in many different ways and even appeared in the film. It was a real privilege to get to know her and I have no doubt that her passion will continue to be an inspiration for a very long time!

Paul Morgan
Wed Jul 26, 2017

I will miss Gwen. I always enjoyed our conversations about the environment and our hike together to the Goat River . I will be back to the Goat River soon working hard to get it protected .I will remember Gwen while I walk through its beautiful forest!

Jennifer Deol
Tue Jul 25, 2017

Gwen, thank you for your mentorship and friendship over the last couple years. You are sorely missed, and we will continue to carry out your work and vision for BC. Your legacy will live on through the many lives (humans and critters alike) you have protected through your fierce and unwavering commitment. It was a real honour to work along side you, learn from you, and stand by you.

mark leiren-young & rayne benu
Sat Jul 22, 2017

A true force of and for nature.

Richard Krieger
Fri Jul 21, 2017

I don't go a day without thinking about Gwen. Healing thoughts and warm memories are beamed to Kathleen and Diane.

Gretchen Hartley
Tue Jul 18, 2017
Linda and Michael Steele
Tue Jul 18, 2017

We met Gwen through the Lyme Community. She guided us through the freedom of information maze for health information and supported ourselves and many others dealing with Lyme disease and co infections. Her dedication, knowledge, will to go forward no matter what the odds and love for people and all of nature is well known. Through Gwen we have become more aware of the necessity of speaking truth to power. Thank you Gwen. With love, Linda and Michael Steele

Bob Morrison
Fri Jul 14, 2017

I met Gwen once in 2010 and was highly impressed by her dedication to the goals of the organization.

Roberta Olenick
Thu Jul 13, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. Gwen made a huge and lasting contribution to making the world a better place. She was very generous with her help to me on an FOI project I was involved in. The hole she leaves in our hearts and this world will be so very hard to fill.

Marlene (Marn) Cummings
Mon Jul 10, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss. Gwen's passing is a loss for the BC community and for all of the wildlife and wild places Gwen was fighting hard to protect, with unparalleled dedication, passion, and tenacity.
I am honoured to have gotten to know and collaborate with Gwen and other amazing ENGO folks on the campaign for species at risk legislation a few years ago.
I hope that you find comfort knowing she will be remembered so fondly by so many, and I hope the great work Gwen did will be carried forward by others.
In peace...

Nikki Skuce
Sun Jul 9, 2017

Gwen was such a relentless and strong advocate in BC's environment movement. This is a beautiful way to honour her legacy in the province.

Jens Wieting
Wed Jul 5, 2017

I am sending you positive energy to get through this difficult period. I have met Gwen only a few times and wished I would have spend more time with her. But every time I met her I felt immediately connected and positive. She was a wonderful, inspiring person that cared deeply about people and nature. It is astounding to think about how many people she connected with and what a difference she made in our lives and for our province. Now she is bringing many of us together again, thinking about her, missing her and motivating each other to continue her important work, safeguarding the natural world.

Darrell Evans
Wed Jul 5, 2017

Gwen was a complete professional, totally dedicated to the welfare of the planet and its living things, and one of the most caring people I ever met. I feel honoured to have had the opportunity to work with her.

Lauren Meads
Wed Jul 5, 2017

Gwen was and still is a great inspiration to us all and wildlife. I have and continue to work with endangered species and she definitely paved a path for us to support conservation.

Amanda Carr
Tue Jul 4, 2017

To Gwen's family. You grew and supported a wonderful activist and champion for wilderness - thank you. Gwen has left a legacy for us all to enjoy, share and continue to build.

Mel Turner
Tue Jul 4, 2017

Recognizing Gwen's deep commitment.

Rita Fromholt
Mon Jul 3, 2017

Gwen was a lovely person, and a powerful crusader. She will be missed by many including those creatures in the wild places who she fought so hard to protect and defend.

Murray Dobbin
Sun Jul 2, 2017

My fondness and respect for Gwen goes back at least two decades. Her humour, her strategic intelligence, her spirited determination and her will to win (and not just fight) I will always remember. I was lucky enough a year or so ago to run into her in the Vancouver airport where we had one of our always stimulating conversations. Her spirit outlives her.

Emet Davis
Fri Jun 30, 2017

Gwen was a colleague and a friend. I admired her passion for the environment, social justice, and politics. I adored her no-nonsense personality, her feisty intelligence, her humour, and her kindness. It is hard to believe that we won't share drinks and snacks at Burgoo anymore, banter about this politics and work and relationships and family. The world is a better place because of her time hear. And my life was made richer through her friendship. My deepest condolences to her family.

Shannon Daub
Fri Jun 30, 2017

I have been so honoured to work with Gwen through the Wilderness Committee. She was a force of nature - a brilliant, thoughtful, strategic and fearless leader, and a tireless fighter. I especially appreciated that Gwen's understanding of environmental activism and sustainability was broad, and included a strong commitment to social justice and alliance building. She exemplified the kind of leadership that is so badly needed in these times.

Norman R. Farrell
Fri Jun 30, 2017

Gwen helped me gain a better understanding of environmental issues and helped inform my writing about public affairs. I know others who gained her assistance as well. Gwen was knowledgeable, honest and fair but very determined. British Columbia is a poorer place without Gwen Barlee.

Karen Palmer & Family
Fri Jun 30, 2017

I am so sorry very for the loss of your beloved Gwen. She was a gem of a person, and a champion of all things wild and wonderful, all creatures great and small. We will miss her so much. "For Gwen. For the wild. Forever."

Catherine Ludgate
Fri Jun 30, 2017

We have lost a powerful voice for all things wild, but we honour Gwen by amplifying her work of hope for all beings.

Beth Clarke
Fri Jun 30, 2017

Gwen was a friend, a colleague, and an inspiration to me. We hit it off the first time I met her and for seven years I was lucky to work side by side and have her support, guidance, and of course, her competition, to help get me through every challenge. My memories of her and her leadership will forever guide me through life.

Dena Ellery
Thu Jun 29, 2017

Gwen's passion and personality inspire me to care more deeply and walk more softly on our planet, but to carry a pocket armed with research as a big stick!