When a forester celebrates his 100th Birthday – it’s party time!

By Sandy McKellar, Editor
Tree Frog Forestry News
September 13, 2023
Category: Special Feature
Region: Canada, Canada West

When you reach a milestone like your 100th Birthday, it’s worth having a party. In the case of renowned forester, Gerry Burch, it’s worth having 10!! Yesterday was one of those momentous events! Organized by his daughter, Brenda Burch, this party took place at the BC Forest Discovery Centre (known by locals as the Duncan Forestry Museum), and was attended by 101 of Gerry’s friends and colleagues. Many of them worked with Gerry at BC Forest Products throughout his career. It was lovely to see people reconnecting with old friends and mingling through the museum exhibits. After cake, we gathered in the “Train Room” where several of Gerry’s friends paid tribute to the birthday-boy! Gerry followed with his comments and thoughts and then the mic was opened up for anyone who wanted to contribute to the story. 

Here is a sampling of pictures from the event, and the beautiful video tribute that was created for the birthday party. We will have more on the event next week when we will be excited to share video coverage of the speeches. If you click the Read More, you can access the full gallery of pictures. More images will be added when the second event photographer adds his pictures, so stay tuned!

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