Sheena Ball looks through a scrapbook filled with photos and articles of her grandfather and great-grandfather

Family bench honours grandfathers’ feat

A South Surrey woman is honouring her family by sponsoring a bench commemorating a great achievement.

A South Surrey woman is honouring her family by sponsoring a bench commemorating a great achievement.

Sheena Ball chose a bench location near Mount Garibaldi, which her grandfather and great-grandfather (A.T. Dalton and W.T. Dalton, respectively) scaled more than 100 years ago. The historic endeavor – in August 1907 – is the first-known ascent of the mountain.

“It was a great feat for them in those days. They didn’t have road transportation, so they had to take a boat and bush-whack from Squamish,” Ball said. “They had no technical gear like we do today. It was quite remarkable, I’m very proud.”

Ball said she jumped at the idea of honouring her family’s history with the limited-edition bench this summer, as it would fulfill her mother’s wish.

Prior to her death this year, Ball’s mother had been planning on commemorating the achievement with a bench or plaque, and although she is not able to see the finished product, Ball said she would have loved it.

“She would have been really, really pleased that we had followed through with her plan,” Ball said. “My brother and all the Dalton cousins are happy to have this done.”

The bench, which will be located near the Elfin Lakes shelter in the Diamond Head area of Garibaldi Provincial Park, will be installed next year after the snow caps melt, giving Ball and her family time to gear up for their next goal.

“While we’re waiting for the snow to melt and the bench to be installed, we can spend the time getting in shape to go up there so we can take a picture sitting on it,” Ball said.

There are 57 remaining benches available for sponsorship at a cost of $1,500. The benches are a part of a celebration of 100 years of provincial park programs. People who want to sponsor their own bench can go to the BC Parks Website at www.bcparkbench.ca to choose their park and bench location.

All money raised goes to the Park Enhancement Fund and will be used to fund more improvements to park facilities.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

South Surrey banner drop marks Global Day of Action

Fridays for Future effort targeted four city overpasses

Bellingham boater fined $1,000 for violation of Quarantine Act

49-year-old man entered Canada to visit girlfriend in Surrey

Surrey shootings ends city’s hiatus from violence since outset of pandemic

So far this year there have been 24 shootings in Surrey. There were 45 in 2019

Surrey’s Johnston Heights reporting COVID-19 exposure

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

UPDATE: NDP asks Elections BC to investigate Liberal voter fraud allegations in Surrey-Fleetwood

Liberal MLA candidate for Surrey-Fleetwood Garry Thind issued a written statement Wednesday afternoon

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

FINLAYSON: COVID-related job losses concentrated in urban areas… especially Metro Vancouver

The biggest job losses, in absolute terms, have been in Metro Vancouver

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

6 puppies rescued in mass seizure on Princeton farm die from illness: BC SPCA

Of the 97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized, most of the puppies suffered from parvo

Action demanded over death of First Nations youth in Abbotsford group home

Family and Indigenous organizations push for thorough investigation

More sex abuse charges laid against B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’

Investigators now focussing efforts on alleged victims within the Glad Tidings Church community

B.C. VOTES 2020: Businesses now owe $6 billion in deferred tax payments

COVID-19 relief from remittance to province ends with September

Most Read