The Nature Trust of BC is saddened that our friend and supporter, Murray LaBrash passed away on July 31, 2017. Murray was a man who made nature conservation a priority in his life. His passion and dedication to making a positive impact will be remembered for many generations to come.
Murray certainly made an impact when, in response to increasing development pressure, he donated 32 hectares (78.8 acres) in the Kettle Valley to The Nature Trust of BC for conservation. This land, located between the Rock Creek and Midway communities, includes a mix of grasslands with Ponderosa Pine and Douglas-fir. It is vital habitat for wintering bighorn sheep, bears, and many other species.
Even after making this incredible donation, Murray continued to support nature and the work of The Nature Trust by donating money each month until his death.
Murray was recognized this year as a Stewardship Champion by the Stewardship Centre for BC. His many contributions serve as an inspiration and a reminder of the lasting positive change that an individual can make for nature.
If you wish to read more about Murray, or send your condolences to the family, please visit Murray’s page on the Saskatoon StarPhoenix website.
“With a gift of land, you ensure a better future in many ways.”
– Murray LaBrash
By Janice Dixon, Database Manager at The Nature Trust of BC
Over the past 10 years I’ve had the distinct pleasure of having many meaningful conversations with our dearly departed Conservation Champion, Mr. Murray LaBrash.
Murray cared deeply for nature and wild habitats, and he took care of the things he loved.
Murray was especially fond of his adopted deer herd. He hauled many a truckload of feed to help them survive through the harshest months of the year. He was especially taken with the bucks who he rarely got a glimpse of but knew they were steadfast and vigilant over their herd. Murray found a kindred spirit.
Murray had the gentle, shy nature of a man who loved the land and dedicated his life to helping conserve his small corner of the world, plain and simple.
I will be forever grateful to Murray for planting a beacon for conservation which will continue to glow for generations to come.
In fond remembrance,
Janice Dale Dixon