Mr. Fred Bryant

CHILLIWACK BC: Mr. Fred Bryant has been selected to as the first recipient of the Order of Chilliwack medal, a new award to recognize citizens of Chilliwack for outstanding achievement or long-term contribution to the community, Chilliwack Mayor Clint Hames announced today.

“Mr. Bryant is a most deserving recipient. For more than sixty years he has lived here and worked to make Chilliwack a better place for all of us. He will set the standard for future recipients to follow. We are presenting him with this award because we want to honour him and thank him,” said Mayor Hames.

Mr. Bryant has been involved in numerous organizations and causes. His activities include youth outreach, church ministries, involvement in the agricultural community, civic service, and community clubs, committees and organizations.

He has received several service awards including the recent Distinguished Service Award from the BC Association of Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions in October of 2000.

He is widely recognized as the author of several agriculture-related books and served seven consecutive terms as a Chilliwack City Councillor.

The initiation of the Order of Chilliwack award coincides with the International Year of Volunteers, declared by the United Nations and endorsed by Volunteer Canada. “The City of Chilliwack has always celebrated and recognized volunteers,” said Mayor Hames. “Volunteerism is the heart and soul of a community and we are very fortunate in Chilliwack to have so many dedicated individuals making a difference every day. The Order of Chilliwack is one of the small ways we can thank citizens for their tremendous efforts.”



Fred Bryant – Order of Chilliwack Recipient - Accomplishments

1938: Member of Chilliwack Youth Parliament of BC

1938 (35 yrs): Sunday School Teacher and Youth Leader, United Church Tuxis and Trail Rangers

1940: Coached six Provincial Dairy and Swine Livestock Judging Teams

1947: Student Council President, Rural Youth Leadership School at University of BC

1948 - 1970: Managed Rosebrook Farms, the Bryant family’s 120 acre dairy farm

1940s and 50s: President and Secretary, BC Ayrshire Breeders’ Association

1950s: BC President, Swine Breeders Association

1955 to 1957: BC Representative and National Director, National Board of Swine Breeders

1962: Ordained an Elder of the local United Church, the highest honour accorded a lay person

1960s: Member of Citizens’ Advisory Committee to Mountain Prison

1970s: Founding member of Compass Seniors Society, now a life member of the Seniors Resources Society

1973: Member of Chilliwack Civic Properties and Recreation Commission, Chair for two years

1973 to 1975: President, Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society, now a life member

1976 to 1988: Alderman/Councillor, District of Chilliwack

Late 1970s: Member of Chilliwack Hospital Board

Late 1980s: Awarded the “Paul Harris Fellow”, a Rotary Award for public service, even though Bryant was never a Rotarian

1988: On the committee that produced In the Shadow of Mount Cheam, A History of Rosedale, Popkum and Camp River, BC, that won Provincial Honours for History

1990: Authored Better Cattle for Better Living, A History of the Chilliwack Artificial Insemination Centre, 1944 - 1986

1990s: Wrote Rosedale Ramblings for the Agassiz Advance

1992: Awarded Canada’s 125th Anniversary Medal for outstanding community service

1996: Green Thumb Award, Chilliwack Horticultural Society

1996: BC Council of Garden Clubs Judge Service Award

1997: Museum and Historical Society Service Award

1998: Chilliwack Garden Club Service Award

17 Years 4H Leader

Undated Served on Chilliwack Insemination Board

2 Years President, BC Association Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions

Undated Chaired Committee that produced Down Country Roads, Chilliwack’s Agricultural History

2000: Awarded Distinguished Service Award from Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society

Currently: Writing history of the Chilliwack Horticultural Society 1946 to 1988

Undated Past Chair and Program Director, Tuesday Morning Christian Men’s Fellowship

Currently: Chair, Neil M. MacGregor Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee

Currently: Member of Branch 91, Senior Citizens of BC Rosedale and organizes community picnics

Currently: Hospital and home visitor for Central MB Church

Currently: Working toward a new and better fairgrounds location for Chilliwack