Roderick and Ann Haig-Brown were exceptional members of their community, with an influence far beyond the boundaries of Campbell River. The Haig-Brown Institute celebrates and acknowledges these significant contributions through supporting conservation, social justice and literature in our community.
2014 fundraising raffle
In 2004 the Haig-Brown Institute began a writer in residence program at Haig-Brown House. With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts the program has been running successfully since then, bringing some of Canada's best writers to Campbell River to live and write at Haig-Brown House during the winter months. In addition, the writers spend time in the community supporting local writers and literature. The Museum at Campbell River runs the program, and the Haig-Brown Institute has been pleased to provide some financial support. The raffle's proceeds will go to support the Museum.
Draw date: Sept 28, 2014 at the Haig-Brown Festival on World Rivers Day
First prize: One day of guided freshwater fishing or Tyee fishing for two with Randy Killoran
Second prize: A Whale Watching Safari with Discovery Marine Safaris
Third prize: Framed Valerie Rogers snowy owl print "Winter Wanderer"
Tickets: available at the Campbell River Farmer's Market on June 15 and other venues TBA shortly
About Roderick and Ann Haig-Brown:
Roderick Haig-Brown was born in Sussex, England. He moved to British Columbia (Campbell River) in the 1930's. He was a pioneering conservationist, writer of some 25 books, magistrate and fly fisher whose collections of essays and broadcasts concerning, in part, fly fishing and the natural world made him a strong voice of conscience in British Columbia and internationally. In later life, he was Chancellor of the University of Victoria and advisor to many national and international conservation organizations and initiatives helping to shape the thinking of resource managers, conservationists and naturalists in British Columbia.
Ann Elmore Haig-Brown was a conservationist, community activist, intellectual, librarian, and a strong advocate for women in transition. Ann Elmore House in Campbell River, is named for her. It is a residence where women and their children can go to be safe from abuse or violence.
Together Ann and Roderick were the parents of four children in whom they instilled the same social and environmental values they both professed so well.
The Haig-Brown home and property near Campbell River are designated heritage sites.
The Haig-Brown Institute, a not for profit society, preserves the legacy of Roderick and Ann Elmore Haig-Brown. It also promotes watershed conservation and the links between ecology and economy through literature and conservation. The Institute supports a writer-in-residence program and local restoration and enhancement projects in Campbell River. It was instrumental in promoting the very successful Haig-Brown Kid's Camp and an annual Haig-Brown Festival, also in Campbell River.