Efforts aim to honour photographer Doug Kermode

A legendary North Okanagan photographer could soon be remembered permanently.

A legendary North Okanagan photographer could soon be remembered permanently.

The Cherryville community is lobbying the provincial Geographical Names Office to name a small lake in Monashee Provincial Park after Doug Kermode.

“So many people remember him,” said Eugene Foisy, Cherryville’s regional district director.

“He was such a big part of Monashee park.”

In 1946, Kermode, who died in 2001,  visited the Peters Lake area of the Monashee Mountains.

“As a professional photographer, he was so taken by the beauty of the area, that the idea came to him that this area should be preserved as a park,” said Ernie Laviolette, Cherryville Historical Society president.

“For 14 years, he brought together various committees that tirelessly lobbied forestry and parks officials towards the eventual creation of a park in the area. On June 1, 1962, the area around Peters Lake was designated as Monashee Provincial Park.”

Wanting to have a lake named after Kermode was first discussed during the park’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2012.

“We realized that much is owed to this man who  dedicated so much of his life to the park,” said Laviolette.

Kermode, who was born in Vernon in 1913, captured the history of the North Okanagan through 1,500 photographs, which are part of the Greater Vernon Museum.

“It’s an amazing collection that he provided us,” said Ron Candy, museum curator.

Kermode was an honorary member of the Professional Photographers Association of B.C.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has been asked to provide a letter of support to have the lake named for Kermode.