The Board of Directors of the Metchosin Foundation mourns the tragic loss of one of its founding members, Moralea Milne. She died suddenly in a car crash on July 28th in Surrey.
The guiding principles of the Metchosin Foundation, “Healthy Lands, Healthy Waters, and a Healthy Caring Community” were present in all that Moralea contributed to the work of the Foundation. Her dedication to a sustainable and healthy environment was formidable. “The environment is the lens through which I view every decision” she once said. She certainly lived by that commitment.
Moralea’s many years of support and involvement in Metchosin Foundation and other initiatives such as the Biodiversity Project, the BioBlitz, the MycoBlitz, and the Talk and Walk series, contributed greatly to Metchosin becoming a beacon in environmental stewardship.
She served on the Metchosin Council for 10 years and among other contributions, facilitated the building of warm relationships between Council and the Scia’new (Beecher Bay) First Nation.
She was an avid and exquisite photographer with a special interest in butterflies and moths. She had a conservation covenant placed on her Metchosin property to ensure that all life forms will be preserved in perpetuity.
In living a life congruent with her principles and conviction, Moralea also wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty; she actively volunteered to pull scotch broom and to remove other invasive species from local parks.
Moralea was a model leader who encouraged those around her, and she wasn’t afraid to stand strong by her convictions. Moralea will be an enduring and deeply missed role model in the Metchosin Foundation and in the broader community. Moralea was the embodiment of the principle that one person can make a difference.
A celebration of life is being planned by the family and community.