Nelson Meikle was one of a kind -Penticton Herald

The last few Sundays seemed a bit odd because there wasn’t the usual knock on the front door of The Herald from Nelson Meikle.

As reported last week, Nelson died unexpectedly at the age of 71 due to complications from cancer surgery.

He popped by to see us a few days before his surgery to say his fight against commercialization would continue once he got out of the hospital.

I bluntly asked what would happen to his battle against the City if he’s not around.

“I’ve got it all looked after, I have a succession plan,” he said with confidence and in his usual jovial tone.

True to his word, Nelson’s Penticton Citizens First, which includes his daughter, will meet and decide what’s next.

That’s the way Nelson wanted it.

I’ve met countless political activists throughout my career but none quite like Nelson Meikle.

He doesn’t trust reporters, in fact, he originally didn’t like me, I’m sure. But he soon learned that I’ve never burned anyone who entrusted me with information.

Soon he was giving all of his exclusives to The Herald, and turning down the opportunity to stand in front of a television cameras for one-on-one interviews. He loved Joe Fries’ reporting.

At the same time, we appreciated his attention to detail.

He often came armed with a briefcase full of documentation, much which was obtained through Freedom of Information requests. He was always a reliable source.

Over the past six or seven months he dropped by nearly every Sunday morning, never staying long, but just keeping us in the loop even though much of which he had to say we were unable to report.

I’m going to miss his visits. He had a good sense of humour. Whether you agreed with his cause or not, you had to admire his tenacity and willingness to fight for the little guy, in this case being future generations of children.

Although he fought with the ferocity of a bulldog, he was, in reality, quite shy. He staged several successful rallies against the original waterslide proposal. There’s two particular moments which stand out in my memory.

I remember a man well into his 80s asking Nelson at a rally, “What can we do to stop this?”

Nelson’s response: “Just keep being good people.”

Then Nelson introduced his grandson, who was 11 or 12 at the time.

“This is the reason I’m doing all of this, for my grandson and for every

other young person in Penticton so they can enjoy the beauty of this park for generations to come.”

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Celebration of life for Nelson Meikle will be June 10, 2pm at Skaha Park

Celebration of life for Nelson Meikle will be June 10, 2pm at Skaha Park behind the waterpark. Everyone is welcome as the support our family has had this week is overwhelming and we feel everyone who cared about him should be able to attend.

Published in Okanagan Valley Newspaper Group on May 20, 2017
MEIKLE, Nelson Howard: On May 16, 2017 Nelson peacefully started his next journey surrounded by his family. Nelson was born on August 3, 1945 in Metis-Sur-Mere, Quebec. Nelson leaves behind his loving family: wife of 49 years Brenda, Daughter Lori (Donovan), Grandson Jonathan, Step Grandchildren Stephanie and Jason and brother-in-law Bill. He is survived by his siblings: Beatrice Robinson, Isabel Snelgrove, Florence (Johnny) Roussel, Elton (Karon), Ruby Beaver, Barb Meikle , Ivan and Lin (Nicole). He is predeceased by his brother Angus and his parents Eva and Howard . He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. A big Thankyou to Dr. Barbara Main for her support and care over the years to our family. He will be remembered for his passion in trying to save Pentictons parks and green spaces. A Celebration of Nelson’s Life will be held at Skaha Lake Park , June 10, 2017 at 2:00pm behind the waterpark. No funeral service by Nelsons request. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a donation to a charity of your choice.

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Letters to the Editor (PH)-Nelson, a champion of the people

We copied a few of the letters from Penticton Herald

Nelson, a champion of the people

Dear Editor:

Nelson Meikle was a true advocate for the people, and for Skaha Lake Park. His determination was to save Skaha Lake Park . All he ever wanted was for City Hall to play by the rules of democracy and transparency.

He gave it his all even as his health deteriorated.

Nelson was one of the first organizers to stop the Trio/City agreement. Later he formed the Penticton Citizens First group.

He filed the second lawsuit against the City on his own, his own funds, asking nothing of supporters but support for the cause. He knew the law, that’s for sure.

That second lawsuit got the attention of city council that residents were not going away. Rallies and protests, Skaha Park is not for sale.

Trio and city council realized residents were determined to save Skaha Park and the new agreement was created saving the greenspace and allowing a new enhanced marina and restaurant.

He promised to be a watchdog on the city, making sure they play by the rules of democracy and transparency.

Nelson Meikle supporters are saddened by his passing so suddenly. He gave it his all. “You do the math,” as he would always say.

Another quote from Nelson: “We must protect all our parks for our children’s/grandchildren’s future.”

Isn’t that the truth! The show will go on.

It isn’t over!

Lou Sloboda


Small stature, great spirit

Dear Editor:

It was a great honour for me to have known and worked with Nelson Meikle, this little-in-stature, but great-in-spirit man! He lived and worked by the motto: truth, transparency and proof. He was unlike any other person I have ever personally met, dedicated to making this community a better place to live in, with no goals of getting fame or riches for himself.

His vision and work will not be in vain. It is not over!

Hannah Hyland


The perfect definition

Dear Editor:

In the past two years, citizens of this community have been defending the “right to keep Skaha Park” as it is through letters to the editor, correspondence with City Hall, rallies, etc.. Two major groups of people are both defending the right to keep our park free of commercialization.

In the meantime, City Hall, mayor and council are wondering why all their hired professionals, and communications people have not been successful in making way for the “commercialization” of our beautiful park land.

Over a year ago, a committee was selected and hand-picked by Penticton mayor and council (no special interest people allowed) to study, and come up with an idea for parks. Thus, the City of Penticton Parks and Recreation Master Planning Committee was formed.

On Nov. 15, 2016, that same committee meeting came up with the perfect definition: “A Public Park is an unencumbered tract of land wherein the land title is held by a a public entity for the benefit, use and enjoyment of the people and for the protection, conservation, preservation of the natural, physical, historical and cultural resources thereon.”

This motion was moved and seconded and carried unanimously at their Nov. 15 meeting.

Would it be possible for the citizens of Penticton to chip in for hearing aids for all members of Penticton city council?

Our concerns are falling on deaf ears!

Helen Trevors



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Letter to the editor – The counting of votes in Penticton municipal elections

Statistics say that Penticton voters no longer care who runs their city. In 1990 there were 16,657 eligible electors. 48.83% voted. In 1993 42.93% of 17,600 voters voted. No percentage was available for 1996.

Limited stats for 1999 the first year vote tabulating machines were used in Penticton show 17,819 eligible voters. The 9019 votes for the mayor indicate that approximately 49.39% of electors chose to vote the first year of automated counting.

After the established use of vote counting machines elector votes fell sharply never to rise to the above percentages again.

2008: 33.6% of eligible electors voted.

2011: 33.5% of eligible electors voted.

2014: despite record number of 1456 new registrants at the polls only 31.4 % of electors voted.

Before the vote tabulating machines were in regular use in Penticton and during its first use just under 43 to 49% of electors chose to exercise their right to vote. Voter interest in particular election issues could account for the percentage swing. Stats would indicate that there has been no voter interest on any local issues for the past three elections.

In the 2013 provincial election 52.74% of electors in Penticton chose to vote. (2017 stats are not yet available) Why the difference between provincial elections and municipal elections? Why the steep decline in electors choosing to vote between up to and including 1999 the first year of the vote tabulating machines and later elections? What accounts for the steep decline in electors choosing not to vote?

These stats in my opinion are revealing.

Provincial elections have manual controls and many regulations ensuring accurate counting of votes.

Prior to the use of vote counting machines in Penticton votes were counted by hand by many people and this in itself ensured accurate counts.

In the 2014 local election during the advance polling the vote tabulating machine broke down. Those votes had to be run through the vote tabulating machine again by staff. There is no security of the ballet box. That combined with the decline in votes since the regular use of vote tabulating machines leaves too many unanswered questions.

The most important duty of any elected government is to ensure that voters are comfortable that the election system is accurate and their wishes are respected. That is not happening in Penticton and in my opinion has not happened for the past three civic elections.

Elvena Slump

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