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The Last Trustee of Wellington School District

Major Ney was the Trustee for Wellington School District in 1942 when Wellington School District was amalgamated by order in council. Major Ney was instrumental in ensuring that the Wellington School Fields, and building, remain in Community hands for the benefit of the community. After amalgamation Major Ney was on the Committee which was converting the building in to an athletic centre to be opened in the Winter of 1942.

Order of Canada

On June 28, 1968, Major Frederick James Ney was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He received this honour for his contributions to Canada to the field of Education where he was an active figure an organzied many teacher exchanges between the commonwealth and France. And also as founder of the Commonwealth Youth Movement. Major Ney was the 15th British Columbia appointed to the Order of Canada, and the first person from the Nanaimo-Wellington area to be appointed.

Major Ney was an uncle of Frank Ney who became the Mayor of Nanaimo. If anyone wonders where Frank Ney got his inspiration, they need only look into the amazing history and influence his uncle Major Frederick James Ney had not only in Canada, but across the Empire. Major Ney led a truly inspiring life. For an example of how far reaching his influence and activities are, consider that the National archives of Canada has a 51 page booklet for the Frederick James Ney Fonds.


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