Open House 2012
On Saturday April 21st from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm MICS' office on the second floor of the Root Seller was open to the community. Many of our supporters came by and had healthy snack and talked to the Conservancy's staff and directors about our projects and programs and they had a good look around the Mary Jeffery Room's resource collection, so named in honour of the late Mary Jeffery
Mary was born in North Vancouver and spent her teaching career in the interior of BC, sometimes in remote communities, retiring to Mayne from Salmon Arm in 1970. Her property on Maple Drive, overlooking Active Pass, was filled with flowers and birds. Mary was a keen naturalist, photographer and international traveler. In her later years, she took part in many Elderhostel programs, traveling all over the world. When she returned to Mayne, she would always have a slide show of exotic landscapes, beautiful flora and interesting new birds to show to her friends.
Mary Jeffery died on March 12, 1997. She remains greatly missed by her friends and, most particularly, by Joan Drummond who is owner of the Conservancy's new home at the Root Seller. Marie Elliott, who was Mary's neighbour, wrote an obituary published in the MayneLiner of April of that year, which reads in part:
"By kind words and good deeds most of us hope to leave this world a better place than we found it. Mary has taken this ideal one step further by purchasing and donating 43 acres on Mayne [part of Mount Parke]...The land is densely forested and shelters many of the birds that she loved to identify on island walks."