Shirley Henry was a local hero who had a fierce love for her community. Right from her arrival to Pemberton in 1964, Shirley played a pivotal role in the success of this community. She worked tirelessly to support her fellow community members.
Shirley’s passion and love for Pemberton shone through in everything she did, her commitments were extraordinary and almost superhuman; Shirley served on Council as Alderman and Mayor for 19 consecutive years, worked with Pemberton’s youth as a substitute teacher, Sunday school teacher, Brownie/Cub/Guide Guide/Pathfinder leader, chaired the Canada Week Committee for 25 years, was a founding member of Howe Sound Community Futures, served as secretary/treasurer for Tourism Pemberton and was a part of the executive of the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce for 22 years.
Shirley was also integral in advocating for the Pemberton Airport and successfully lobbying for millions of dollars in grant funding from both the Federal and Provincial governments. The Airport is an important community amenity that supports Pemberton Search and Rescue, our Fire Base as well as several local businesses and aviation enthusiasts. Shirley shared the history of the airport and her efforts to make the airport a reality in this great video from the Pemberton Museum: http://www.pembertonmuseum.org/.../tea-and-tales-aug.../...
Furthermore, we will be recognizing both Shirley and her husband George when Henry Park in the Tiyata development is officially opened. Let us continue to honour Shirley’s legacy by giving back to the community where we can and by continuing to be generous and kind to each other.
I know I am not alone in my gratitude for Shirley’s endless contributions. On behalf of myself, Council and Staff, I would like to thank Shirley’s family for sharing her with us over the years.
Thank you, Shirley.