Haig-Brown Centenary Committee

February 22, 2008 13:01 ET

Haig-Brown Centenary Committee: Prominent B.C. Author and Conservationist Honoured

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 22, 2008) - Well-known British Columbian conservationists Roderick and Ann Haig-Brown were honoured today beginning a year-long celebration for the 100th anniversary of their births, the Haig-Brown Centenary Committee announced at ceremonies held in Victoria and Campbell River.

At the Victoria ceremony, B.C. Environment Minister Barry Penner unveiled a photograph of Roderick Haig-Brown that will be used as the cover of the 2008-09 Freshwater Fisheries Regulations Synopsis and distributed throughout British Columbia. The publication's cover image shows Rod fly-fishing in Campbell River shortly before his death in 1976.

"We are very pleased that Minister Penner has chosen to recognize and support the centenary celebrations of the Haig-Browns in this unique manner," said Jim Van Tine, co-chair of the Haig-Brown Centenary Committee. "Roderick and Ann Haig-Brown are synonymous with angling and rivers, and this outstanding photograph of Rod will remind anglers of his passion for fishing and his voice for the wise use of natural resources."

The events and activities planned by the committee and other partners across the province will recognize the contributions of the Haig-Browns, and will also salute the conservation and humanitarian values they upheld.

The Province of British Columbia was among the first partners to support the centenary by officially proclaiming the Haig-Brown Centenary year, that will be celebrated February 2008-2009. In addition to the Ministry of Environment, to date 19 other sponsors and partners are proudly supporting centenary events and activities.

At Campbell River, Mayor Roger McDonell proclaimed February 21 as Roderick Haig-Brown day and guests celebrated with birthday cake.

Activities planned by the Centenary Committee and other partners over the year include a three-day symposium in Campbell River celebrating salmon and looking at the role of communities in protecting local stocks. Also planned are Learn to Fish programs at the Brant Wildlife Festival and other B.C. locations, a theatre production as well as continuance of the Haig-Brown writer in residence program and participation in writers' festivals around the province. Other activities are in the planning stages.

Individuals and organizations wishing to nominate activities and events to add to the year's festivities to honour the Haig-Browns are encouraged contact the Centenary Committee at www.haigbrowninstitute.org.

Backgrounder Available from jvantine@telus.net

To view the image of Roderick Haig-Brown featured on the front cover of the 2008-009 Freshwater Angling Regulations, please click on the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/0221haig.jpg

To view the image of Environment Minister Barry Penner kicks off Haig-Brown Centenary by unveiling a photo of Roderick Haig-Brown on the cover of the 2008-09 Freshwater Angling Regulations, please click on the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/0222haig.JPG

Contact Information

  • Haig-Brown Centenary Committee
    Jim Van Tine
    Executive Director Haig-Brown Institute and Co-chair
    (250) 923-1873
    Website: www.haigbrowninstitute.org