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Thursday, 10 September 2015 06:08

Two personal donations a benefit to the Friends of Cypress Hills Park

Written by  Marg Wiebe
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Helen Stephenson, the widow of artist/carver Herb Stephenson, and Friends of Cypress Hills Park CEO  Gerald Gartner with the large decoy duck collection. Helen Stephenson, the widow of artist/carver Herb Stephenson, and Friends of Cypress Hills Park CEO Gerald Gartner with the large decoy duck collection.

On Sept. 1, the former home of Gerald and Joan Johnson became the Johnson Cultural Centre.


Following some 30 years that the couple enjoyed their cottage as a summer home it became their permanent residence for the next 25 years until they moved to Swift Current.
Culture has always been a keen interest of the Johnsons, thus the gifting of their cottage to the Friends of Cypress Hills Park as a place for interested persons to pursue, teach, research cultural pursuits.
The cottage includes all furnishings, but more importantly, all cultural and educational items will remain for the use of those who use the Centre.
The Johnson’s would like to acknowledge the part played by former Superintendent Brad Mason for the promotion of this happening.
The Friends of Cypress Hills Park would like to publicly thank the Johnson’s for their dedication to the Park, and now for this gift which will surely become significant in the pursuit of art and culture.
The second gift to the Friends of Cypress Hills Park is a large duck decoy collection by artist/carver, the late Herb Stephenson.
The highly valued collection is recognized as extraordinarily detailed and accurate. It is displayed at the administrative office at Cypress Hills Park.
The late Dr. Gary Houston, an avid supporter of Ducks Unlimited and member of the Friends of Cypress Hillls Park, had accumulated the collection over the years and had donated it to the Friends of Cypress Hills Park prior to his passing.
(Marg Wiebe is the FOCH Communications Director)

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