Barry was born on Vancouver Island and moved to Vancouver at the age of 10. He was “fortunate” to have a dad who was both a former drill sergeant and a Scout Master, so the outdoors was basic training.
Barry’s had a variety of careers that have taken him to spectacular places: forestry services contractor, pilot, and helicopter owner and commercial operator. He was responsible for developing, and was also the original manager of, Vancouver’s Harbour Heliport.
He was on Gibsons council for 15 years—12 as mayor—and is a life member of the Association of Vancouver Island & Coastal Communities and past VP of the Union of BC Municipalities. As Chair of $50 million Island Coastal Economic Trust, he was responsible for endorsing projects such as the Sunshine Coast, Cape Scott and Wild Pacific trails, and Dakota Ridge access.
Barry spent over 4 years as the Outdoor Recreation Council appointee on the provincial LRUP, whose work led to the creation of Tetrahedron Provincial Park.
More recently, he’s provided consulting services to corporate and government clients, and worked for environmental organisations and NFPs, having trained in conflict resolution skills.
An avid birder, Barry has been a leader in the Sunshine Coast Natural History Society for years. He’s done numerous ascents in the Coast Range, from the lower south coast mountains to all the major peaks of Jervis Inlet, gems like Gilbert, Raleigh and Monarch in the mid coast, as well as spent weeks in Kwadacha in the northern Rockies and the St. Elias Range.
Barry knows what’s behind organizing complicated expeditions, having undertaken four long term/long distance canoe trips in northern BC, Nunavut, Yukon, and Northwest Territories. The lengthiest trip—the Back—was 1,800 kilometres and over 10 weeks, from Yellowknife to Chantrey Inlet on the Arctic Ocean.
Barry lives in Gibsons with his wife and son.
Stacey grew up canoeing and camping in the wilds of northern Saskatchewan, but swapped her ski pants for a rain jacket to pursue a writing degree at the University of Victoria. Fascinated by the idea of studying and surfing in the same day, she crammed every spare moment with impromptu surf trips, hikes along the coast, and winter swims in the ocean. She graduated with not only a greater understanding of the written word, but also a deeper love of the outdoors and all this beautiful province has to offer.
Stacey has been a professional wordsmith ever since, with her work being published in magazines, newspapers, and online. When she’s not typing away, you can find her paddleboarding, swimming, sailing, and spending exorbitant amounts of time at East Sooke Park with her family.