Deena Lehoux has created a Facebook page

Social media embraces Vernon’s history

Deena Lehoux set out to create what she calls “Vernon’s family photo album

Deena Lehoux set out to create what she calls “Vernon’s family photo album.”

Using the social networking site Facebook, Lehoux created a page called Vintage Vernon, B.C., encouraging Facebook users to post old photographs of Vernon.

Lehoux’s album hit a chord with users.

“The response was great right away,” said Lehoux, born and raised in Vernon and who works as a recreation co-ordinator’s assistant at the Vernon Restholm.

“I started the page in October and there’s now more than 2,500 likes. Every time a new, good picture gets uploaded, I can literally hit refresh and watch the number go up.”

Lehoux was inspired by a similar-type Facebook page called Old Kelowna that showed historic photos of Vernon’s southerly neighbours.

Because there was no such Vernon page, some users posted old pictures of Vernon, such as the tower at the end of the Kal Beach wharf, on the Old Kelowna page.

Lehoux began her page with a couple of family pictures of her dad at a flying school at the Vernon Regional Airport, and one of her and her brother in the K-Mart parking lot.

Yes, the K-Mart parking lot in the Village Green Mall.

“And you can see the old Safeway in the background,” smiled Lehoux, a reference to the grocery chain being one of the mall’s original tenants.

Since then, people have added photos of Hotel Corner (the National, the Allison and the Kalamalka), churches, houses, Silver Star, the original train station and other glorious old black-and-white and colour photos of Vernon in days gone by.

One person posted a photo of the old Skyway Drive-In Theatre, which was close to one of Lehoux’s childhood homes, invoking memories of how she would sneak into the drive-in through a hole in the fence, sit down beside the speaker on her blanket with a favourite stuffed animal, and catch a flick.

“The response has been incredible,” said Lehoux, a fan of the Greater Vernon Museum where she visits several times a year to stare at the old photos and artifacts.

“I didn’t think people would be as excited as I am.”

There’s also a personal reason for Lehoux’s album. She wants her eight-year-old son, James – who was born on the same floor of Vernon Jubilee Hospital as his mom – to know the history of his hometown.

Anybody who would like to contribute to the Facebook album can do so on the page, or send Lehoux a private Facebook message with pictures attached.



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Goose cull a no go in Vernon

Tied vote meant defeat for councillors in favour of the kill program

Vernon part of end of internment camp ceremonies

June 2020 marks 100 years since the end of Canada’s first internment camps, including one in Vernon

New Armstrong IPE president has deep roots

Heather King elected at IPE’s recent annual general meeting

Seedy Saturday returning to Vernon

Popular event hosted by Sustainable Environment Network Society set for March 21 at rec centre

Study proposed to investigate impact of septic fields in Okanagan Lake

Study would get underway in Killiney Beach and Westshore Estate areas in June

Okanagan rescue team comes back home from Australian mission

Brad Pattison’s team spent 33 days rescuing wildlife

Kelowna mayor to request RCMP’s ‘unfounded’ sexual assault report

RCMP said the report was completed over a month ago but have yet to release it or make a statement

Criminality not suspected in Ellison trailer fire death

The body was discovered after crews responded to reports of a house fire

VIDEO: B.C.’s seventh coronavirus patient at home in Fraser Health region

Canada in ‘containment’ as COVID-19 spreads in other countries

Kelowna youth accused of killing 16-year-old released

The young woman was arrested on Feb. 21 and is facing one charge of manslaughter

Interior Health appoints administrator at Summerland Seniors Village

Numerous concerns raised about private seniors care facility

Man arrested following suspicious trailer fire in Kelowna

Reports came in about the fire at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Monday morning

Body discovered following vehicle fire on Kelowna property

Firefighters discovered a body in a home on Anderson Road

‘Please be quiet,’ Kelowna Mayor tells sexual assault survivor protesting in council chambers

Forty per cent of sexual assaults reported to Kelowna RCMP in 2019 were deemed ‘unfounded’

Most Read