• Dave Williamson

    Dave WilliamsonA shrewd businessman, generous community supporter, visionary, and Fraser Institute donor, Dave Willliamson passed away in November 2010. He was born in Vancouver in 1926. Always hard working, Dave had many odd jobs as a boy. After he served in the army during World War II, Dave worked for Exide Battery in Manitoba and Ontario. In search of opportunity, he returned to British Columbia in 1964 and settled in the North Okanagan at Sicamous. He bought property on Mara Lake, developed an RV resort, and sold it in 1968 with a bigger project in mind. Dave saw potential in the undeveloped side of the lake, bought 12 acres of land, and soon built it into a thriving resort called Shandy Cove. It became so popular that in order to secure a spot for the following summer, families had to book a year in advance. Shandy Cove is now a community of owners where four generations and counting have passed many happy, busy summers.

    Dave was a leader, and his skills and dedication created lasting change in many areas. In 2007 he received the William Van Horne Visionary Award in recognition of his pivotal role in establishing the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia.

    As Dave prospered, he brought his generosity and skill to various charitable causes. He often acted anonymously, funding services that enhanced the everyday lives of community members. Just a few months before he died, Dave provided seed money for the Eagle Valley Communities Fund, a part of the Shuswap Community Foundation. Causes that he was especially proud to support include the BC Cancer Society, Salvation Army, and the Fraser Institute, where he felt a strong attachment to the Institute's practical and conservative ideology. Dave's generous bequest of $100,000 to the Institute will help ensure our work continues on well into the future.

    Dave was a wonderful human being who gave much but asked for little. He left his family and huge circle of friends an example to emulate with his passion, tenacity, and determination to make the best of both opportunities and challenges.