It was 1959.Â The outgoing and entrepreneurial John (Jack) Anderson fixed his 16 year old son Gary with a knowing gaze and declared âWeâre going to get you a driverâs license because youâre not going to be sitting around the house this summer!â Thus began the 54-year career of Gary Anderson, following his fatherâs footsteps into the respected profession of land surveying.Â
He received his commission in 1974, having articled with Morgan Stewart and his father Jack, who were practicing land surveyors. Gary saw a lot of the country, highlighted by assignments in Yellowknife, working with Falconbridge Mines and working for the Legal Surveys Division of the BC Government in locations in southern British Columbia.
The first legal survey Gary participated in was the legal survey of Highway 1 from the north side of Nanaimo to Lantzville. Subsequent highway surveys were located at Shawnigan Lake, the Pat Bay Highway, Highway 1 at Thetis Lake, and a section near Agassiz.
âMy personal career highlightâ said Gary âwas undoubtedly working with the innovative developers who designed Saanichâs Broadmead community.Â Merv Mawson and Gordy Ralston brought innovations to lot and road design which resulted in new standards in Saanich.â
âThat is one of the joys and challenges of the businessâ he said.Â âYou interact with such a broad spectrum of people. From architects, engineers, roadway design people to Indian Affairs and public officials itâs never dull.Â Finding your way through these regulations and getting the very best results for the client is always the goal.â
J.E.A. is the kind of place where ideas are listened to. Most recently, surveyor Ken Kyler while working in the remote Kyuquot area on Vancouver Island, had the idea of creating a new survey pin that had the tribal emblem of the band on it, rather than the usual crown symbol.Â He got the approvals and that unique pin was proudly pounded into the earth in the village of Kyuquot with native leaders and special ceremony completing their land claims settlement.
There are 8 partners presently at J.E. Anderson and Associates.Â âItâs been a small miracleâ observed Gary.Â âWe all work really well together. Right from the beginning thereâs always been a family feel about the company.Â Everyone has something different to offer, working in a different style.Â The partners have always accepted this, respected it and recognized that this philosophy is what makes J.E.A. strong. Partners are carefully chosen with this spirit of cooperation in mind.â
What is Gary trading in his safety vest and GPS for?Â Maybe it was all those years of peering through the crosshairs of the theodolites that prompted him to take up photography as a hobby.Â Exactly two days after he officially retires January 31, he and his wife Bonnie Lee Wilkes head for Los Angeles to board the Carnival Splendor for a 48 day cruise circumnavigating South America. Friends will be treated to some stunning images when they return.
Said Gary âMy wife and I are looking forward to more travel, enjoying music and movies and looking forward to more family time.â
J.E.Anderson & Associates has now been operating for 54 years. The firm has solid mix of both experienced and young professionals which will permit the firm to provide excellent service for many more years to come.
J.E. Anderson and Associates was founded in 1959 and has expanded to include busy offices in Nanaimo and Parksville.