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Mayor of Belcarra wins top historical prize

April 18th, 2014


The Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Historical Writing 2013

Winner: Ralph Drew, salve Forest & Fjord, the History of Belcarra (self published, 2013).

Ralph DrewRalph Drew, mayor of Belcarra for over thirty years (since December, 1983), has won first prize for 2014, receiving $2,500 and the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for historical writing, for his self-published history, Forest & Fjord, the History of Belcarra (2013). Drew was continuously active in municipal politics since he chaired the Village of Belcarra’s incorporation committee in 1979.

Following Belcarra’s incorporation referendum, Ralph was appointed by the provincial government to Belcarra’s Inaugural Council on August 27th, 1979, and was subsequently elected Alderman in November 1979. He was on the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors since December 1981 as its longest-serving Metro Vancouver Director. Read More about Ralph Drew here.

1st prize, $2500 and the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for historical writing.  Forest & Fjord, the History of Belcarra by Ralph Drew (self published, 2013).

2nd prize, $1500.  The Land of Heart’s Delight: Early Maps and Charts of Vancouver Island by Michael Layland (Touchwood Editions, 2013).

3rd prize, $500.  Quarantined: Life and Death at William Head Station, 1872-1959 by Peter Johnson (Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd. 2013).

Honourable mention (alphabetical)

 The Artist In The Cloister: The Life and Works of Father Dunstan Massey by Daphne Sleigh (Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd. 2013).

Daughters in the City: Mennonite Maids in Vancouver 1931-61 by Ruth Derksen Siemens (Fernwood Press, 2013).

Inventing Stanley Park: An Environmental History by Sean Kheraj (UBC Press, 2013).

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