When Dave Cunning retired as a commercial fisherman, he wanted to give back in a way that would show his appreciation for the natural resource and environment in which he made his living.
So for the last, “many, many years,” according to Greenways Land Trust executive director Cynthia Bendickson, he’s been taking care of the fish and waterways of Campbell River.
“He’s just a great, great guy,” Bendickson says.
“I love working with him,” agrees Josie Simpson with Greenways. “He just cares so much about the environment. He’s basically running the restoration work on Baikie (Island) transforming it back into a natural ecosystem after it was basically run over by industry, and his work on Simms Creek and the fish fence has truly been amazing. He knows it like the back of his hand and he just has a rhythm about knowing when and where things need to be done.”
Dave’s one of those people who never turns away from an opportunity to help, either.
“It’s not like a 9-5 Monday to Friday thing for him,” Simpson says. “If he thinks something needs attention, he’s there doing it, whenever it needs it, which is really inspiring.”