Centenary Medal – Naomi Miller

Since graduating from UBC in 1951 I nursed at TB Control and Kaslo and lived in Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan before returning to BC. After all six children were in school I became interested in history, earning honours from Golden Museum, BC Museums, BC Historical Federation, Kootenay Lake Historical, BC History of Nursing Society, and Fort Steele Heritage Town. In 1999 I won the $10,000 BC Heritage Award which was donated to SS Moyie in Kaslo, BC.

Leading Girl Guides and Brownies for 26 years gave me an Honorary Life Membership in Girl Guides. I am still active in Trefoil Guild.

From 1983 until 1998 I was on the board of BC Historical Federation, then editor of “British Columbia Historical News”. After writing articles and editing history books, my book “Fort Steele: Gold Rush to Boom Town” was printed in 2002 and is now in a second edition. “History Byte”, a column ten times a year for a local newsletter, went for 15 years without repeating articles.

From 2011 to 2013 I was a trustee for the Wasa Lake Land Improvement District.

In 2017 I was named the Volunteer of the Year for Regional District of East Kootenay Electoral Area E.

Meantime I traveled to Australia and South America, rode helicopters and dog sleds, and still cross country ski and bicycle at age 92. I have enjoyed working with many organizations and secretly felt obliged to prove there is intelligent life east of Hope, BC.