Y2Y supporter: Barbara Holmberg
Barbara Holmberg remembers the farms and villages of the Peace River Valley from her days there in the 1960s, working with school children. She has long since moved on, and is now settled in the West Kootenays of southern BC, but she still feels a strong connection to the valley. It gives her a personal stake in the Site C Dam project, proposed to impound the water in the Peace River near Fort St. John.
“Most of us can't see past supper,” she says, decrying the fact that the dam will destroy the very farmland and wildlife habitat that will become increasingly important as the world adjusts to a changing climate.
Y2Y's work in the Peace River region got Barbara's attention, and the organization's commitment to long-term, big picture solutions inspired her to lend her financial support.
During her childhood in Alberta's Kananaskis Valley, Barbara's parents instilled in her an abiding respect for nature. She has done the same for her own two children, who are now passing along those values to their children. Barbara wants her grandchildren to have what she had growing up—green trees, clean air and the opportunity to coexist with the wild world. She believes it's possible, because it has to be.
Barbara Holmberg lives with three generations of family in the Kootenays, including her son who works on his organic farm, and her daughter who teaches young children about the natural world.