Telus lauds effort, contribution of Sheringham Point Lighthouse volunteer

Otter Point resident Bill Parkes recognized by Telus for his “outstanding volunteerism” to the society.

Otter Point resident Bill Parkes has been recognized by Telus for his “outstanding volunteerism” to the Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society.

Along with the recognition, the society received a $3,000 donation from Telus.

Parkes, a Telus retiree, is a longtime supporter of the society and Telus Community Programs.

Telus community affairs representative Ryan Hindley presented the cheque to society secretary-treasurer Terri Alcock in Shirley, just down the street from the Sheringham Lighthouse site.

“This is an important local program that benefits communities, the region and the province. The society is grateful to Telus management and employees for their dedication to B.C. Heritage and community-based organizations,” Alcock said.

Along with his volunteer work, Parkes has contributed financially to the project. His dedication resulted in Telus matching his contribution.

The Sheringham Point Lighthouse Preservation Society has been working since 2003 to save the land, lighthouse and public access to the light station at the end of Sheringham Point Road in Shirley.

The site, now owned by the society, has recently been designated a Canadian Heritage Site and is open to the public for the first time in the lighthouse’s 105-year history.