Elsey, Charles

Published: 
Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Charles Allan Elsey Allan Elsey, former Regional Biologist for the Ministry of Natural Resources and respected member of the community passed away on November 28 2009 at the age of 92 in Burnaby British Columbia. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret, their three daughters, Fawn Goulet (Ottawa), Faith Gagnon (Surrey BC) and Lark Susak (Burnaby BC), 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Allan will be remembered as a quiet, thoughtful, humorous, and much loved father and a leader in the fields of conservation and figure skating. Allan first completed Normal School (teacher's training) and briefly taught in one-room schoolhouses in small communities in Saskatchewan. He then enrolled in the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where he completed a Master's Degree in Fisheries Biology. For the next 37 years he worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources, where he served for many years in small communities around Northern Ontario as a conservation officer. The last 17 years of his career were spent in Thunder Bay, ultimately as Regional Biologist. He turned down promotions to Head Office in Toronto to provide his family with stability during their high school and university years. He was known internationally for his leadership in the area of wildlife conservation, having started the first moose conservation program in the world. Although he was valued for his management and leadership, Allan's first love was field work. In his waning years, some of his clearest memories were of his work with First Nations communities in the far north. In a generation before feminism, he recognized the value of women in the workplace, hiring and supporting female conservation officers for field work, and encouraging his daughters to pursue the careers of their choice. He volunteered countless hours to the sport of figure skating, both as a member and president of the Port Arthur Figure Skating Club, and as a judge. He chaired the local organizing committee for the 1988 national championships, demonstrating for the first time that the strong support for such a competition in a small community could make it financially viable. A memorial gathering was held for family on December 6. In his honour, donations can be made to The Quetico Foundation, 390 Bay Street, Suite 1206, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2Y2.

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