Trinity Western University


Operation Cheakamus

One of the largest projects ever undertaken by volunteer labour from any of our Free Churches or groups of churches was tackled and brought to a successful conclusion by our friends in Canada the week of September 28-October 3.
Visualize the scope of the undertaking: a contract had been signed to dismantle ten buildings … with some 22,000 ft. of floor space, transport the materials of those buildings 70 to 90 miles, part of the distance over rugged mountain roads, and clear the site of all debris.
Such was the challenge that faced laymen and pastors, largely from the Free Churches of the lower mainland of British Columbia. It was all in the interest of providing buildings at low cost for the proposed school in Canada. Terms of the contract provided that all the materials from two of the prefabricated buildings, plus salvage from the entire site, would be awarded the churches upon completion…
The buildings were part of the camp constructed for … the Cheakamus River hydro-electric installation…
Enoch E. Mattson. “50 Canadian Men Cooperate in Major Effort for School,” Evangelical Beacon, November 3, 1959, p. 9. [TWU Archives F 37 B 2 File 2]

The offer of building materials was made by the Mannix Company. Two local house-moving companies -- Nickel Brothers House Movers and Modern Building Movers, owned by Pete Friesen -- donated the use of all necessary equipment, as well as their experienced crews, to the project.
Calvin B. Hanson. On the Raw Edge of Faith, p. 39

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    Friesen's Crew

    Hard at work on Project Cheakamus, 1959.

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    [TWU Archives 1998-01-0877]

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    Volunteers taking a break, 1959.

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    [TWU Archives 2007-01-0046]  

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    Prefab Dorms

    The original TJC student dormitories, fabricated with building materials from Operation Cheakamus, 1969.

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    [TWU Archives 1998-01-1065]  

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