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Early Sechelt

   Billingsley, Gary
    Brackett, Sophie
    Connor, Peggy
    Crowston, Doris

    Hammond, Dick
    Hemstreet, Margaret
    Lemieux, Robert
    MacLarty, Nancy
    McCrimmon, Phyllis
    Nelson, Cay
    Ono, Tommy and Ruby
    Parish, Tom
    Redman, Lee
    Robilliard, Dean
    Robilliard, Dorothy
    Sim, Bert
    Swan, Dr. Alan
    Swanson, Bea
    Sweeny, Isabel
    Thompson, Morgan
    Wigard, Roy

    Wood, Alan

Voices of Early Sechelt -- Interviews

Interview by Rosella Leslie.

Cay Nelson

March 25, 2002

Catherine (Cay) Nelson, nee Hansen, born in 1929, was brought up and worked in Vancouver. She met Harold Nelson while visiting her parents, who had moved to the coast in 1946 and owned a transfer business. Harold Nelson's family had bought forty acres on Mason Road from pioneer settlers Frank and Alice French in the 1930s. Harold's father was a builder and built many of the 1930s houses in Sechelt. Harold served both in the Canadian air force and army. He worked for Osborne's and Crucil's logging companies then for B.C. Hydro. He served thirteen years on the Sechelt Council and was mayor from 1974 until 1979. He and his son helped build the Sechelt Arena. Cay worked for Mrs. Crucil and Mrs. Johnson, Sechelt's first mayor, and was a long-time volunteer in the community.

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