From left to right: Stephanie Cottell, executive director Cowichan Community Land Trust, Dr. Chanda Siddoo-Atwal, Jeff Zweig, President and CEO TimberWest, Alastair MacGregor, MP, Cowichan—Malahat—Langford,Ian Morrison, Cowichan Valley Regional District, and Robert from the Stin-Qua Dance Group celebrate the park’s opening with a ribbon cutting.
Park recognition ceremony held unveiling new Drs. Jagdis K. and Sarjit K. Siddoo Park
October 5, 2018 – Duncan: An official park recognition ceremony involving Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford, and other dignitaries took place today at the new Drs. Jagdis K. and Sarjit K. Siddoo Park, an 8.4-hectare pristine riverside natural area park located in the Cowichan Valley.
TimberWest and the Siddoo family donated the park to the Cowichan Valley Regional District with a Conservation Covenant to guide future park use jointly held by the Cowichan Land Trust and the Nanaimo Area Land Trust.
“This gift to the Cowichan Valley is a remarkable achievement,” said Alistair MacGregor, Member of Parliament for Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. “TimberWest and the Siddoo family have added to our local community, and the conservation covenant upheld by the land trusts and the Cowichan Valley Regional District will forever benefit this new park environment.”
“The unveiling of the park today shows a commitment to park preservation and represents a historic moment for residents and visitors alike,” said Sonia Furstenau, MLA for Cowichan Valley. “The Drs. Jagdis K and Sarjit K. Siddoo Park will undoubtedly serve as a living legacy for those who enjoy it now and the generations who will enjoy it in the years to come.”
“We cannot thank the Siddoo family and TimberWest enough for their generous and remarkable gift to our region,” said Jon Lefebure, Chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District. “The Drs. Jagdis K and Sarjit K. Siddoo Park has been a 20-year undertaking, and I would like to recognize both parties for their persistent dedication on working together for the benefit of all residents in the Cowichan Valley.”
The new Drs. Jagdis K and Sarjit K. Siddoo Park is located six kilometres from the Koksilah River Provincial Park, just west of Shawnigan Lake, B.C. The park consists of old trees and second-growth forest, the fish-bearing Koksilah River and 3 Mile Creek.
“My aunt and late mother loved to walk among the trees and nature, as I do,” said Dr. Chanda Siddoo-Atwal on behalf of her family. “With the establishment of the Drs. Jagdis K and Sarjit K. Siddoo Park this beautiful nature park can be enjoyed for years to come. The Siddoo family thanks both TimberWest and Mr. Bruce Smith of Kapoor Lumber Co, who have worked on this philanthropic initiative over the past few years.”
“TimberWest is pleased to contribute towards the creation of this new riverside park located in the heart of Vancouver Island,” said Jeff Zweig, President and CEO of TimberWest. “It has been our distinct pleasure working with the Siddoo’s on this park donation project that represents our common values – creating environmental legacies for communities now and the generations to follow. This park represents an important addition to our network of parks and trails that TimberWest has helped create over the years and will continue to foster in the years to come.”
About the Siddoo Family
The story behind the Siddoo Family and Kapoor Lumber goes back 100+ years to 1906, when Mr. Kapoor Singh Siddoo emigrated to Canada from India eventually prospering in the lumber industry in B.C. Kapoor Lumber still continues today as a sustainable operating forest enterprise. Moreover, the Siddoo Family has a rich history of giving back to Canada through supporting various university scholarships and health and wildlife charities. Therefore, Drs. Jagdis K and Sarjit K. (late) Siddoo wished this parcel of land in all its beauty and natural state to be donated for the establishment as a park in perpetuity.
TimberWest has donated land and established parks such as those at Englishman River, Cowichan River and Somenos Marsh plus many others with the support of Land Trusts, Regional Districts, and the Provincial Government. TimberWest has over 100 kilometres of public trail access through its private land by way of access agreements with various organizations. TimberWest has been operating for over 100 years on the B.C. coast. All its public and private forest lands are third-party certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. TimberWest is privately owned by two leading Canadian pension funds.
Monica Bailey | Director, Communications
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