2021 Surrey Award of Recognition: T.W. Paterson

Award of Recognition: T.W. Paterson

T.W. Paterson photographs the wreckage of a plane on Mount Benson.

The British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) announces that T.W. Paterson of Cowichan Valley is a recipient of an Award of Recognition. The award was presented at the Federation’s annual conference awards gala online on June 5.  

T.W.’s efforts in promoting an understanding of history are exemplified through his publications. Tireless in his pursuit of the past, T.W. has authored more than 30 books and countless articles on the history of British Columbia since his teenage years. His longstanding column, Cowichan Chronicles, ran in the Cowichan Valley Citizen for 23 years, serving as a notable avenue for the public to learn about the colourful and multifaceted history of the province.  

His nominator for the award comments: “Truth is, T.W. is exactly where he belongs, fulfilling an important role by explaining why history is so important and showing us how fascinating it also can be.”