The Bulkley Lodge is a long-term assisted living facility in Smithers operated by Northern Health Authority. Founded by the Society of Concerned Citizens (incorporated 1973), the Lodge was officially opened on October 12, 1978 by B.C. Health Minister Bob McLelland. In 1982 the Society of Concerned Citizens was renamed the Bulkley Lodge Society in order to better reflect its goals of supporting the facility. Initially taking in personal care and immediate care residents, the Bulkley Lodge was licensed for 7 extended care residents in 1988; this number has since increased. The building underwent significant renovations throughout the late 1980s and 1990s. Today (2020), Bulkley Lodge cares for 70 residents across four units. It offers a central dining and activity room, a main lounge area, a self-serve coffee bar, a hair salon, and an exercise room. Residents are able to enjoy social activities, therapeutic recreation, spiritual programming, occupational therapy, and specialized nail and foot care.
Some of the original board members included Bea Quadros, Pat McCammon, Jim and Margaret Goodacre, Ev Glass, Margaret Graham, Marguerite Perry, Mary Baker, Jim Robinson, Mel Burchette, Joe MacDonald, Flo Hidber, Audry Cook, Ron Kilby, Sid Beerda, Bill Bryant, Anna Morris, Johanna Huisman, Doris Stahel, Louise Kratz, Gary Lobley, R. McIntyre, and Florence Oulton.
Records were created by the Bulkley Lodge staff to capture events held by the Lodge for residents.
Cornelius Bot was born October 29, 1910 in Blokker, Holland. In 1958 he moved with his wife Alida and their eight children (Gerbrandt, Mary, Casey, Nick, Anne, John, Trudy, and Jos) to Smithers, B.C., fulfilling his dream of living out west. After several years of working various jobs, he established a chicken farm in the early 1960s, producing and selling eggs throughout the valley. Bot was also a horse lover and a lifetime member of the Northern Saddle Club. He was known for many years for being one of the only people in Smithers with a horse and buggy; his horse, Hispo, frequently gave winter sleigh rides, delivered presents at Christmas, and pulled Bot’s custom-built, hand-painted cart in parades. (Interior News, June 11 1986). Bot won many ribbons and trophies for Western riding at the Fall Fair, and helped construct stables, fences, barrels, and various buildings for the Fairgrounds. After his retirement, he dedicated his time to making, collecting, and restoring horse paraphernalia, buggies, and sleighs. His farm was sold in 1994 and the land transformed into the Park Place subdivision.
Bot died on December 2, 1998 at age 88. In 1999 his family erected a cairn in his memory at Park Place.
Records were created and collected by Cornelius Bot during the daily operations of his chicken farm.
Scope and Content
Fonds contains records relating to the operations of Bot’s chicken farm. Records include sale receipts, promotional materials, egg inspection reports, licenses and a burning permit.