Hello and welcome to yet another blog from your favourite guys at Beautiful Earth! We have more news on interviews and it really does seem to be all that’s happening lately but it is keeping us very busy!
We had a special interview lately and this was another one I really didn’t think we’d get. I’m not sure why I think such things. Lack of confidence I suppose.
Anyway, we were overjoyed when Ian Robertson not only said yes to an interview but that he was flattered that we asked him. Mr. Robertson was an important figure within the Park Board, especially as he held the position of Commissioner from 2005 to 2011, which of course meant he was there when the windstorm hit Stanley Park. It was this subject that made me contact him in the first place, although he gave us so much more during the interview, including some very special memories he has of the park during his childhood. Considering he must be a very busy man we would like to give Ian our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for the time he gave to us to make this a very special addition to our documentary.
Ian also has a website http://ianrobertson.ca/
One of the subjects we are including in our documentary is on Pauline Johnson. As with a lot of other people here in Vancouver, I had heard the name but really didn’t know much else. Because she gave the name to Lost Lagoon in one of her poems and because her grave is in Stanley Park, we began to research her life and her work. This started something, which I must admit became extremely addictive. I have heard since that this is the kind of effect Pauline has on people. Once she gets into your mind and into your heart there is no letting go! It was a labour of love to write a short article on Pauline for this website and if you haven’t looked at it already then I hope you’ll check it out: http://beautifulearth.ca/paulinejohnson.html
I do find it a great injustice that she isn’t talked about more as she really was a Canadian national treasure and someone we should be proud to have in our history. It is with this in mind that we are doing a feature on Pauline to include in our film. One of the names that kept cropping up when looking at various things written about Pauline Johnson was Carole Gerson. Carole, along with Veronica Strong-Boag, has worked on a couple of books on Pauline and we were very keen to talk to someone who could help give the story more substance. Carole certainly did this and more when we interviewed her at her home. It was at times quite moving to hear what Pauline Johnson must have been like, the things she did in her short but full life, and to learn much more about her from someone like Carole who obviously is far more knowledgeable than we are about this amazing woman.
Carole Gerson: book author and professor of English Simon Fraser University
Our interview with Carole also did something quite unexpected. Listening to her speak about Pauline with fondness and admiration brought her alive in a way. It’s one thing to read about a person’s life on a page but to hear about it from someone who clearly has a passion for her life’s history makes it more tangible and it was a wonderful moment that almost took us back in time to when Pauline was alive. If only that were really possible! Many thanks to you Carole for giving us such a lovely insight to her life and her work, you were more help than you know!
Thanks again for reading, we’ll be keeping you as up to date as we possibly can with everything that’s going on and we hope you keep checking in with us as we have new things to share all the time.
Keep well and keep smiling.
Welcome to our very first blog entry!
With this blog we aim to keep you all up to date, not just with us and what we’re up to but also things relevant to our current project, which at the moment is our Stanley Park documentary.
Things have been extremely busy here at Beautiful Earth lately what with meeting new people for interviews and getting our website ready and it seems like there are hardly enough hours in the day. But it has been worth all the hard work and it really does seem like we’re on the right road with the whole thing. Anyone who has ever tried anything out of the ordinary will know that one of the hardest things to do is convincing yourself that you’re doing the right thing. Almost every step we’ve taken on this journey has been met with encouragement and meeting exactly the right people, often quite by chance, so we feel a growing sense of excitement as we continue with our work towards the completion of this DVD.
We have already interviewed some truly wonderful and fascinating people including Terri Clark (formerly of the Park Board), William Nahanee (of the Squamish Nation), Vickie Jensen (author of Totem Poles of Stanley Park) and we have lots more lined up so it’s shaping up to be a very interesting couple of months ahead.
Terri Clark formerly of the Park Board
Vickie Jensen: Westcoast words and author of Totem Poles of Stanley Park
We are always looking for people who feel they might have something to say about Stanley Park or have an interesting story to tell. Perhaps you have a relative who always talks about their youth in the park or maybe you simply feel very passionate about the place; whatever it may be, we’d love to hear from you so head over to our contact page and send us an email.
We hope you keep checking in with us and following our story and we’ll be doing our best to add to this page as often as we can.
Thanks for stopping by! -A