Rename West Ballenas Island as Vollmers-Smith Island

Rename West Ballenas Island as Vollmers-Smith Island

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Shayne Vollmers and Carrie Smith, along with their dog DOG (dee-o-gee) tragically lost their lives in an accident on Highway 40 between Lillooet and Gold Bridge, BC on Monday, March 21, 2022. In memory of their love of nature and their commitment to the preservation and promotion of the natural environment, we call upon the Government of British Columbia and the Geographical Names Board of Canada (GNBC) to change the name of West Ballenas Island to Vollmers-Smith Island.

  Shanye and Carrie loved the outdoors. If they weren't out paddling, sailing, fishing, skiing or surfing, they were working on their cabin on Sonora Island in order to spend more time in the glorious environment that the Vancouver Island coast has to offer. They have been so generous over the years to share these pursuits with so many of us, creating a network of friends that transcends age, ethnicity, language or any other barriers. Shayne and Carrie represented the epitome of good that life in Canada has to offer. 

   This is evidenced in particular by efforts that they made in 2020 to assist in the preservation of West Ballenas Island. (see: https://www.pqbnews.com/news/parksville-students-help-raise-funds-to-purchase-west-ballenas-island/In conjunction with other fundraising efforts, Shayne and his grade 9 class cut and sold firewood in order to contribute to the preservation of West Ballenas Island in the Salish Sea off the coast of Parksville on Vancouver Island. "West Ballenas Island is described as an undeveloped 100-acre island floating in the Salish Sea – one of BC's most threatened environments. Listed as one of the top 10 most biodiverse sites in the Gulf Islands, West Ballenas is home to abundant bird populations, rare plants, threatened species and marine life. It is part of the Snaw-naw-as Nation territory." 

  Changing the name from West Ballenas Island to Vollmers-Smith island not only represents a recognition of their contribution to the preservation of nature both here and elsewhere, but to the positive impact that they had had collectively on the lives of the students and patients whose lives they have touched as a teacher and health care provider in the Central Island region. We strongly encourage everyone to sign this petition. The Geographical Names Board of Canada may be reached at this email address : nrcan.geonames-toponymes.rncan@canada.ca 

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