Prominent local logging operator wins ‘Outstanding Business Achievement”

Picture of Gordon Peters taken in his home office last week on Thursday Sept 28. At age 86 he still works full time actively logging, managing his business and driving equipment in the bush. Gordon is standing next to a framed photograph of himself as a very young boy. He started at about age 10 helping his father with logging work near their home in Fort Fraser. Photo Fiona Maureen
Gordon Peters at the job site with his son. Photo submitted
Gordon Peters, age 3 years, standing with his father on horse-drawn logs in the Fort Fraser area cica 1934. Photo submitted

“Gordon Peters has been known to work seven days a week and drive to the woods on a Sunday “just to check out how the week has gone and why the last load of logs is still on the landing,” says George Anderson, President of Woodland Equipment in a letter supporting his nomination for the award. “Gordon knows his fellow contractors and acknowledges their hard work and he personally worked hard… leaving his mark in the Vanderhoof area.”

Anderson wrote one of several letters in support of Gordon Peters Logging Ltd., a well deserving recipient of a BC Aboriginal Business Award announced last month by the BC Achievement Foundation. Gordon plans to attend a gala dinner ceremony with his family on October 26, 2017 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, where over 600 people will gather to honour excellence in Indigenous business in British Columbia.

“The BC Aboriginal Business Awards program shines a spotlight on the important and expanding role of Indigenous business in the province,” said Scott McIntyre, Foundation Chair. “The 2017 Awardees exemplify the best of vision, enterprise, resourcefulness and commitment while reflecting the diversity of Indigenous businesses contributing to the provincial economy.”

Gladys and Robert Mitchell of Selkin Logging were the individuals who nominated Peters for the award.” Both Robert and I are thrilled that Gord was chosen,” says Gladys. “He is well deserving of this prestigious award.”

– How did Gordon react to the news?

“Gord was shocked, surprised and honoured.”

– What about Gordon and his business inspired you to nominate him? What makes him a deserving nominee?

“His perseverance, his age. He is 86 years old and works almost daily. He has endured decades in the forest industry which is not easy to do even for the young at heart. Gord was still playing hockey three years ago!”

– How did you think this news will be celebrated?

“Gord is a humble hardworking man. This award will be cherished by his family. It will be a moment in Gord’s life that he will not forget. Gord will receive the award October 26 in Vancouver and will be celebrated with his family and ourselves. We are proud to be apart of watching him receive the outstanding business achievement.”

The BC Aboriginal Business Award is selected by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation’s Board of Directorsand presented in partnership with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, as well as sponsors New Relationship Trust, TD, Teck, BC Hydro, CN, Encana, Enbridge, MNPllp and Vancity.

The BC Aboriginal Business Awards were launched in 2008 to honour and celebrate business excellence. Peters is one of 19 Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs, partnership entities and community-owned enterprises will be recognized at this year’s gala dinner.

The BC Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed in 2003 by the Province of British Columbia to celebrate community service, arts, humanities and enterprise.

Detailed information about the awards and a list of past winners is posted on the Foundation’s website at

– files from press release by Cathryn Wilson, Executive Director, BC Achievement Foundation

– read more in next week’s edition – Gordon Peters interviewed by the Omineca Express

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