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Check in here for audio interviews with some of the personalities that make Fernwood the unique and funky neighbourhood that it is.

As opportunities arise, we will also present audio from the big picture, perhaps national, perhaps global, that has an impact on Fernwood residents.

(It is obvious that the content below is now archival, because we no longer have a volunteer dedicated to it. If you are interested in picking it up, send us an email.)

community_well_dedicationApproximately 200 people gathered in Stevenson Park on Saturday morning September 27th to honour the dedication of the Community Well. The well and historical plaque were unveiled by His Honour, the Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Lieutenant Governor Steven L. Point (left) Songhees Nation Chief Robert Sam (right) and a crowd of community supporters as Father Edward Kwiatkowski conducts a blessing of the newly unveiled Community Well.

Photo credit: Pete Rockwell
The AVI version via YouTube  Video credit: Andrew Naysmith, Oak Bay Johnny Productions


It was historical research by (at that time) FCA board member Kevin Neish that sowed the seeds of the Fernwood Community Association’s Community Well Project at William Stevenson Memorial Park in the 1200 block of Pembroke St. Susan Woods, host of CFAX Radio’s local history show “Remember When”, interviewed project lead Bill Goers, and FCA Vice-President Joanne Murray, chief organizer for the Sep. 27, 2008 dedication ceremony. There is a very rich and colourful history to the water under Spring Ridge.Radio FCA thanks both Susan Woods and CFAX for letting us run this here.

Bobby & Misha

In the photo above FCA member Bobby Arbess and his son Misha are happy about the newly installed pump.

Listen to the MP3 file (approx. 43 mb, 47:15 run time)


Fernwood resident Cosmo Meens was Beijing chef for the Canadian triathlon team. Victorian Simon Whitfield brought home the silver medal from the mens’ event, and Cosmo was the guy who provided the nutritional fuel for Simon and his team-mates to stay healthy. Cosmo talks about Beijing, the triathlon races, and what else – food!

Listen to the MP3 file (approx. 39 mb, 42:48 run time)

FCA Supporters Turn Out to Deliver a Message to City Council

CBC Radio News from On The Island Apr. 25 2008  (1.4 MB MP3)

CBC Morning Show Interview with Bill Goers.  Community Well Project
March 30, 2008 (4.2 MB MP3 file)

Waleed Rabiaa is the son of a former general in the Iraqi army, during the time of Sadaam Hussein. After the invasion of Iraq in 2001, Waleed acted as a guide / interpreter for journalists wishing to go beyond the bounds of the stories that were available to them as imbedded press.

Tony Sprackett interviewed Waleed on July 25, 2007. This interview runs 1 hour and 28 minutes

Listen to the MP3 version. (approx. 20 MB)

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Karen Skowron moved to Victoria from Ontario in 1990, and has lived in Fernwood almost ever since. Tony Sprackett interviewed Karen in Fernwood Square on April 6, 2007 after the release of her book, Fernwood Strolls.


Listen to the MP3 version online (25 MB)

You can purchase a copy of Fernwood Strolls at She Said Gallery in Fernwood Square, at the corner of Fernwood and Gladstone (across from the Belfry Theatre).

Ron Welch has lived in Fernwood for 60 years. During that time Ron has doused and drilled about 15 wells and compiled extensive inventories of the neighbourhood’s aquifers. He’s been a participant in water engineering projects, including the Fernwood Spring Ridge Neighbourhood Well Project, which was drilled at Stevenson Park in July of 2005.

In Part 1 of this series of interviews with Bill Goers, the FCA project lead on that well, Ron shares with us what it was like to live in the Victoria area in the years before World War II.


Listen to the Part 1 MP3 version online (34MB)

Ron Welch and Bill Goers with a water drilling rig, at Ron’s home in Fernwood, January 2007.

Radio FCA owes a huge thank you to Bill Goers for donating the digital recorder that allowed us to go find the audio content for this page.


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