The Kingfisher Interpretive Centre on the Shuswap River "Outdoor Discovery Fostering Stewardship Of Our Environment"
Remembering Neil Gordon Brookes - Dec 10, 1947 - Nov 28, 2019
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Splatsin Community Centre (5775 Old Vernon Rd, Enderby, BC)
Neil passed unexpectedly at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital at the age of 71 surrounded by his family.
He was predeceased by both parents, his eldest brother Don, his niece Sara and many dogs. He is survived by his three children; Culley, Hanna (Curtis), Sam and their mom Alexandra, his youngest brother Colin and only sister Susan (Al).
Neil was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. He began his career as a Draftsman for Shell Oil but was called away to a more fulfilling life journey, following his brothers and sister to Mabel Lake, B.C. in 1983. He met and married Alexandra in 1987. Neil's legacy is the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre which he used as a vehicle to teach and enlighten other people about nature and keystone species like the salmon. He was an avid reader, teacher, horseman, artist, philosopher, outdoors man and thrift store frequenter.
A Celebration of Life for Neil Brookes will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Splatsin Community Centre (5775 Old Vernon Rd, Enderby, BC).
In lieu of flowers, cards or donations, please just care for one another and make green choices.
Remembering Neil Brookes It is with with deep regret and much sorrow, we share the news that our beloved mentor, friend, salmon steward, Knowledge Keeper, Hatchery Manager and Stream to Sea education co-ordinator ~ Neil Brookes, has passed away.
We would like to extend our heart felt condolences to Neil's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Neil touched the hearts and changed the lives of thousands of people with his long time service of over 40 years as a salmon advocate and environmental steward.
Neil believed very strongly in education as a tool for facilitating change and promoting environmental awareness..
He was extremely well educated, not in the halls of academia, but rather as a "life long learner from the Barefoot School of Ecology". His teachers were many and he listened well...to the salmon, the river, the trees, the Spirit of the land, to bird song and especially to the children. His generosity of spirit to share his knowledge had a ripple effect that crossed international borders.
He had a deep sense of place,a huge sense of wonder, a curious mind, a kind heart and very broad shoulders.
He was a gifted artist and craftsman and created museum quality pieces for our Indigenous education program.
He had a wonderful sense of humour; "Sam and Ella" brought laughter and smiles to all.
Neil loved books, fine pastry and frequenting thrift stores. He often planned his visits to schools so as to ensure his favourite book store, bakery or thrift store would be open. Many were the recipients of his carefully chosen thrift store treasures.
He was a conduit, a connector, a builder of bridges across cultures.
He led with his heart, practiced rational thought and thus gave wise council.
Neil believed strongly in sharing - knowledge, resources, those broad shoulders and that big heart. He asked for nothing in return. His reward... to open a mind, change a heart, see the wonder on a child's face, the light bulb go on in the dark.
While we are heart broken beyond words, the KICS is committed to carrying forward the torch that Neil lit so many years ago. We will be guided in memory by his words "it is what it is", his calm strength in the face of adversity, his infectious enthusiasm, his practical purpose to get things done, not in haste but with careful consideration.
Kupís re Kekasú7 Caretaker of the Chinook Salmon Neil Brookes so named by Kia7a Tsapinek, Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn, 2001
Thank you Kupis. You set the bar way high
Join our celebration of Neil on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kingfisher.centre ~ We would love to hear how Neil touched your heart, changed your mind or just simply made your day a little better. Please share your photos, memories, stories ~
Remembering Neil Gordon Brookes - Dec 10, 1947 - Nov 28, 2019 A Celebration of Life for Neil Brookes will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Splatsin Community Centre (5775 Old Vernon Rd, Enderby, BC)
The Kingfisher Interpretive Centre Society (KICS) is a not-for profit, volunteer driven community based salmon hatchery and environmental education centre. KICS was established over three decades ago in response to the near extinction of salmon stocks in the Shuswap River.
We are a watershed enhancement organization dedicated to interactive, hands-on ecological education, featuring salmon and watershed restoration.
Guided by a mission to reunite people with the natural world, we welcome thousands of visitors annually to engage in outdoor discovery in our 10-acre “living classroom”. Set along the banks of the pristine Shuswap River near Enderby, British Columbia, amidst the lush Interior Rainforest, we are one of few places in BC that engages participants with a first-hand experience of salmon in their habitat. The site offers an abundance of information, sights, smells and sounds.
It is a great place to bring your family and friends for education, exploration and relaxation!