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Meet your Bowen Island neighbours: Bawn Campbell

Next up in our Q&A series: Bawn Campbell
Bawn in Crippen

At the beginning of the year we started these Q&As as a way of getting to know Bowen Islanders while our other ways of connecting (running into one another at the grocery store, Bowfest, BookFest, craft fairs and so on) are unavailable. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far! What would you like to ask your neighbours? Send us a note at


When did you come to Bowen? 

We bought our home in late 1985 after viewing several homes. It was the first of four homes we viewed.


What brought you to Bowen Island? 

We were living in Pemberton Heights at the time so checked out North Vancouver, Gibsons, and the Sunshine coast on the recommendation of a co-worker. The former was out of our price range and the Sunshine Coast was too far for us.

I remember on our tour with Peter Dives (our realtor) seeing how kid-friendly Bowen seemed to be. We were pregnant with Jason at that time.


Where on Bowen do you live? 

Where the stars remind me that I am so small, travelling on a ball travelling 67,000 mph or around 107,000 kmp, around our sun and spinning at approximately 1,000 mph. Never a dull moment.

We still live in Bluewater and still think we will be here for some time yet, god willing.


Fill the ferry lineup gap or don’t fill the gap?

Now this is controversial but I will answer truthfully.

If I’m 30 minutes early I will fill in the gaps so I can go to my old departed friend’s family business (The Snug) and get breakfast.

If I arrive and the line is filled up past or near the crosswalk I fill in there.

Sorry to disappoint.


What’s your favourite Bowen fact? 

The fact that this community for the most part genuinely cares about the people in this community. My life is made better from those people. I try to remember to say that as often as I can.

There are so many kind-hearted individuals. I observe how caring the people who serve us in all the businesses and services I use are.

Also there are 25 and counting AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) courtesy of the work being done by the Rotary Club of Bowen Island and others.


What’s something Bowen Islanders have in common?

See the above answer. 


What’s your favourite COVID-19 balm or activity? 

Remembering that life is short. It has taken me a long time to recognize that fact.

That saying that you can’t take anything with you is so true. We have a chance to create a little bit of heaven right here on earth; why waste the opportunity. 


Words to live by:

Peace will be mankind’s greatest achievement.