Danny Brown was a man with knack for bringing history alive
Danny Brown’s passion for the history of the mid and North Island was evident to all who came in contact with him.
And it was something that he loved to share. As a volunteer for the Museum at Campbell River for many years, Danny was known for his enthusiastic presentations and engaging conversations.
And he came by his knowledge honestly after 39 years of working in the forest industry. He would call on that knowledge and experience when conducting his presentations on area pioneers and the history of the fishing and logging industries. He was particularly fond of the museum’s restored 1930 Hayes-Anderson logging truck. Because of Danny’s diligent care and maintenance of the historic vehicle it was able to regularly appear in parades and local events.
Besides presentations given at the museum, Elder College and elsewhere in town, Danny also narrated the museum’s historical boat tours and fascinated many with his presentation on the Yorke Island West Coast defence site that he created for the Year of the Veteran.
Brown was not just active with the museum, he was also a longstanding member of the Knights of Columbus, getting involved with them first in 1963 and was a mainstay of the Community Christmas Hamper Project Committee. With the Knights, he also helped with special celebrations, coordinated bursaries and participated in fundraisers that helped the less fortunate.
He was also active in other community groups, including St. Patrick’s Parish, Employee and Family Assistance Program, City of Campbell River Parks and Recreation, the Age-Friendly Committee and the Multicultural and Immigrant Services Association.
In 2017, Danny received the Medal of Good Citizenship from the Province of British Columbia for his service to Campbell River and his countless hours of volunteerism.
When he received the medal, Danny said, “I am truly humbled to have been chosen to receive the prestigious Medal of Good Citizenship for volunteering my time with people in our community of Campbell River. I benefit, as a person, and appreciate the opportunities to interact in the day-to-day lives of the young and the young at heart.”