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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.

Bea Swanson

Feb. 26, 2002

Bea Swanson and her husband Harold came to the Sunshine Coast in 1942 from Vancouver where Harold worked at his uncle's logging camp at Deserted Bay, Jervis Inlet (Gustavson's). When he joined the RCAF, Bea went back to Vancouver until Harold returned at the end of the war. From 1946 to 1953 he worked again in logging camps around Sechelt and up Jervis Inlet, finally moving to Sechelt for his daughters'schooling. Harold worked at the Hillside Gravel Pit outside Gibsons until 1962 when, with his brother Len, he bought Porpoise Bay Gravel Pit. It continues to operate as Swanson's Redi-Mix and is run by Fred Swanson, Len's son. Bea was involved in many community activities as a founding member of the Sechelt Library, an early member of the St. Mary's Hospital Auxiliary (Sechelt) and in the Girl Guides.

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