Donation to Islands Trust Fund Honours
Barrie Morrison and Nancy Waxler
Morrison Waxler Biodiversity Protection Legacy Fund encourages land conservation on Pender Islands
North and South Pender Island landowners may now apply to the Morrison Waxler Biodiversity Protection Legacy Fund to pay all or a portion of the costs of a conservation covenant. This fund was established to remember Barrie Morrison and Nancy Waxler, two long-time residents of North Pender Island.
Barrie Morrison was born in Toronto in 1930 but was raised in Regina during the Depression – a social crisis that deeply shaped his perspective on life and his academic interests. He taught at a small school in northern Saskatchewan and spent time working on tugboats out of Vancouver, where he learned the moods of the Pacific Ocean. A lifelong scholar, he earned an honours degree in history in 1954 at the University of Saskatchewan where he met his first wife, Ann Spencer. He continued his studies at Oxford University with a British Council scholarship, earning a Master’s degree in 1960. During this time, his first two children, Peter and Sara were born. By 1965 he had earned a PhD at the University of Chicago, studying archaeological remains and property transfer records in a culturally important region in what is now Bangladesh. At that time his third child, Douglas was born.
After a postdoctoral position at the University of Washington he returned to Canada as an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), eventually becoming professor emeritus and an honorary research professor with the Institute for Asian Research.
During his academic career, Barrie’s great intellectual curiosity shifted from history to sociology. In 1976, he met fellow scholar Nancy Waxler during a trip to Sri Lanka. They were married in 1982 and collaborated on several papers until their retirement from UBC when they moved to North Pender Island.
Barrie became an active member of the Pender Islands Conservancy Association (PICA) and was instrumental in supporting the Hope Bay Stream Salmon Restoration Project. He placed a conservation covenant on his land to help ensure protection of its flora and fauna. After Nancy’s death in 2007, he started a fund in her name to help others register conservation covenants on their Pender Islands properties.
Barrie passed away in 2013. To honour Barrie and Nancy’s commitment to protecting the natural values of the Penders, the family has donated $20K to the Islands Trust Fund to establish the Morrison Waxler Biodiversity Protection Legacy Fund. The fund is intended to help other Pender Island landowners protect habitat on their land with covenants, carrying on Barrie and Nancy’s legacy. The funding is intended to cover costs including survey plans, baseline reports, legal costs, and registration costs.
To be eligible for funding, the covenant must include the Trust Fund Board as one of the covenant holders. Covenants registered as part of the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program are eligible for funding support. Applications for funding may be made at the start of covenant negotiations (accompanying or following the submission of a Conservation Proposal to the Trust Fund Board) or at any time until three months after the registration of the covenant. Covenants associated with a development application (e.g. rezoning, subdivision) are not eligible for funding.
Grants from the Morrison Waxler Biodiversity Protection Legacy Fund range from $100 - $4,000. Larger grants may be considered for covenants with larger protected areas or exceptional biodiversity values. Please contact us to discuss your application with a staff member.
"The man who serves humanity best is he who, rooted in his own nation, develops his spiritual
and moral endowments to their highest capacity, so that growing beyond the limits of his own
nation he is able to give something to the whole of humanity."
- Quote from 1926 Nobel Peace Prize winner Gustav Stresemann important to Barrie Morrison