Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers



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Mission: We are dedicated to protecting and restoring local wild fish habitat.



Bill Dwyer Memorial Fund
Cheque Presentation

Bill Dwyer Memorial FundMadeleine Dwyer presented a cheque for $1000 to the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers Society on behalf of the Bill Dwyer Memorial Fund (affiliated with the Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation).

David James, President, accepted the donation which will be used to plant 150 trees to commemorate Canada’s birthday and to enhance wild fish habitat in our local waterways.

Photo: Pat Jacobson


Gord Almond

Gord AlmondOn February 17, 2016 Gord Almond received the "Volunteer of the Year"  award as part of the 2016 Qualicum Beach Community Awards presented by the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Gord is the Vice-President of the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers Society and is leading the RDN Community Watershed Monitoring program in our  area which includes 10 sampling days at various sites in the Little Qualicum River, Beach Creek, and Grandon Creek.

We are now in the 6th year of this program. Additionally Gord has dedicated hundreds of hours of work to streamkeepers for fish habitat improvements.

In addition to his considerable contribution to our group, Gord is also President of the Qualicum Beach Community Garden Society and a Board Member for Seedy Saturday.  He is a leading volunteer with  Broombusters, and has contributed to many other organizations in our community, including MVIHES.

Way to go Gord!


David James

David JamesOn October 27, QB Streamkeepers President, David James was honoured with a Paul Harris Award by the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise.

Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary back in 1905, and this award is presented to people around the world who are not Rotary members, but who make a big difference in the communities in which they live.

David was recognized for his leadership in many areas including Streamkeepers, Fire and Ice, Beach Day, the Train Station Anniversary, and the Advisory Planning Committee.

David is now involved in planning for a Town Celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary in 2017, and so his community service continues.

Photo shows David (L) receiving his award from QB Sunrise Rotary President Mike Haas. In addition to the award, 25 children will be vaccinated against polio in David's name through Polio Plus, an international Rotary project.

Faye Smith - PQ News Editorial, Protecting fish habitat in urban areas challenging

2014 Awards

Faye Smith - Ducks Unlimited Canada presented Faye with a certificate of recognition for outstanding leadership, dedication, commitment and achievement benefiting wetland conservation in her community.

David James - Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce recognized David as the 2013 Community Volunteer of the Year for his contribution to the community through participation in QBSS and in event planning and co-ordination through events like Beach Day and Fire and Ice.

Recent Letters of Appreciation


Peter Drummond

Peter DrummondOn October 27, Peter Drummond was recognized as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year in Qualicum Beach. Peter has been involved with the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers, almost since their inception in 1995, including serving several terms as President.

Peter has specifically led many projects related to Beach Creek.  In addition to this community service, he has been a longtime member of the Parks and Recreation Committee of the Town.

Peter enjoys golfing, and has served in various capacities on the Board of Directors of Memorial Golf Course.  He was a founding member of the “Beach Day Committee” in 2011 and continues to participate on the team.

Peter has worked with the Qualicum Beach Museum as a volunteer and fundraiser. He has also been active over the years with the Qualicum Beach Resident’s Association. As a regular, active leader and participant in a host of activities, Peter is a tremendous asset to our Town.

Doug Taylor
Founding Member of Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers Society

Doug TaylorIn 1995 when The Qualicum Beach Environment Committee organized a town meeting to listen to fisheries biologist Dave Clough, encourage the town people to form a Streamkeeper Group - Doug was the first to volunteer.

It promised Doug outdoor work, a new learning opportunity, and a chance to "give back" for all the fish he had caught before the Coho collapse in Georgia Strait.

Doug attended workshops and presentations about the needs of salmon, and in the years following he worked tirelessly, providing his truck, his tools, his expertise and leadership, his finance skills, his strong arms, and most of all his determination to make our streams available for Doug Taylorspawning salmon once again.  He was not reticent about being the voice for wild salmon whenever he thought their needs were being compromised.

Faye Smith recalls Doug crawling out of a creek, covered in mud, all sweaty, and ready for a Kokanee.

Doug was on our Board of Directors and highly involved until February 12th, 2013, the day he died.  We have a lost a true champion of wild salmon and their stream habitat. We will miss him.


Betty Drew-Brook
Founding Member of Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers Society

Betty and Bob Drew-BrookAt a 15th Anniversary Celebration in September of 2010, we honored Betty and Bob Drew-Brook who are founding members of the society and have worked tirelessly over the years in support of healthy habitat for fish in our town.

We are saddened at the loss of Betty, who passed away on February 25, 2013 in Qualicum Beach.

She was with us from the beginning and was always in the thick of the fray.

Betty Drew-Brook

She learned about assessing stream habitat, organized work parties, phoned people, made lists, kept our files in order, but most of all kept the volunteers happy and willing to stay until the job was done, with her famous chocolate cookies.

Hugh Stanhope

Hugh StanhopeHugh Stanhope, who passed away in July of 2013,  was one of the original members of the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers.He brought many skills to the group. His surveying abilities were very helpful in the beginning when we were building up a knowledge base on our local creeks and streams.

Nobody could "bushwack" like Hugh, he just plowed through the woods to those difficult places to reach, enabling us to carry out our habitat assessment work.

Additionally, Hugh kept meticulous records for us before we had an accountant.

Photo shows Hugh (on the right) with Doug Taylor at Whisky Creek in the early days. He was a great Streamkeeper! 

Faye Smith

Faye Smith receives Volunteer of Year award.In July of 2010 Faye Smith was the second annual recipient of the "Volunteer of the Year" award for the Town of Qualicum Beach. Faye was a founding member of the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers Society in 1995.  She partnered with The Town of Qualicum Beach and other agencies/levels of government to fund the re-establishment of our urban streams (Beach and Grandon Creeks) for fish passage after 60 years of migration barriers. Faye was a leader in the removal of the Whisky Creek Dam which was impeding salmon from accessing prime natural habitat. She continues to play an active leadership and stewardship role in QBSS and beyond.

Faye Smith receives DFO award

In May 2010, at a  Department of Fisheries and Oceans meeting with Stewardship groups from across the mid-island, Faye was recognized by our DFO Community Adviser for her "many years of dedication and  commitment to the salmonid resources of B.C."