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Dawn Copeman

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I am a writer, photographer, historian and artist interested in all things Cumberland. Wandering the local forest trails daily I gather wild edibles to photograph and paint. Recently downsized from working in the Broadcast Industry, my day job involves volunteering as a researcher and conducting tours of Cumberland Chinatown, No.1 Japanese town and the old mine sites for the Cumberland Museum and Archives.

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WELCOME TO HISTORIC CUMBERLAND

Words by Dawn Copeman
Photo by Sara Kempner
The newly renovated Cumberland Museum offers more stories and more points of view.     A few years ago, there was a local kerfuffle because a...

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INFLUENZA'S DEADLY TRAIL

Words by Dawn Copeman
At the close of World War I, the so-called Spanish flu claimed lives all over the world, even in the Comox Valley.     By all accounts,...

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21

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WAIT ’TIL THE SUN SHINES, NELLIE

Words by Dawn Copeman
The hard work on logging Comox Lake—by hand and raft.     While looking at a 1931 photo of a crew of men seated on a logging raft,...

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14

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DEATH OF A WORKER'S FRIEND

Words by Dawn Copeman
From the UK to Nova Scotia to his final resting place in the heart of Cumberland, Ginger Goodwin’s life represents a voice for workers the world...

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12

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Our Church Buildings

Words by Dawn Copeman
Photos by Jenn Dykstra
Opening the doors to change.     When I was a little girl in the 1960s, we’d play hand games to amuse ourselves: cat’s cradle, shadow...

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11

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At Journey's End

Words by Dawn Copeman
Article photo by Jenn Dykstra
The radiant compassion and wisdom of Amida Buddha and the grace and forbearance of the Japanese who once lived here.     It's 5:30 a.m.,...

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8

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Hidden Treasures

Words By Dawn Copeman
Photos By Jenn Dykstra
Nikkei No Haka, Cumberland’s Japanese Cemetery.     As a tour guide for the Cumberland Museum, I am drawn to stories of people within...

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4

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Memories of Chinatown

Words By Dawn Copeman
Intro Photo By Ed Brooks
Gallery Photos By Sara Kempner
Walking along the old Wellington Railway trail where alder, hard hack and osier dogwood create a bower of beautiful for wildlife, I smell the coal dust still...

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