Judi Gedye

A black-and-white picture of Judi Gedye standing by the ocean, with a forest and a boat in the background. Her hair is down, and she's smiling at the camera.
A portrait of Judi.

“We were living there, we thought it was a community, we definitely thought they were worth saving.”

Judi Gedye is the longtime chair of the Bowen Island Heritage Preservation Association (BIHPA) and a frequent volunteer across many committees and community groups. In 1980, she moved to Bowen in search of a quiet home to decompress from a busy law practice. When she moved into one of the Davies’ Orchard cabins, she became part of a close-knit community. These artists and residents were mostly single moms and single women. When the cabins were threatened with demolition in 1987, Judi and her neighbours organized an island-wide protest for their preservation. She was one of the founding members of BIHPA, which succeeded in preserving and restoring 12 of the Orchard cottages. Five of them still stand today.

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