The late Ike Barber was one of BC’s best known philanthropists. In 1978, at the age of 55, he founded Slocan Forest Products Ltd and it went on to become one of the world’s most successful forestry companies. In 2002, he retired as Chairman of Slocan and since then has devoted even more time to supporting his favorite charities and educational institutions.
Helping people throughout British Columbia, especially those living in the North is of importance to the Barber Family. A true visionary, Ike Barber generously donated $1 million dollars – the largest gift from an individual in the history of the Canadian Cancer Society – to renovate the Society’s Vancouver Lodge.
“It is important that people in Northern British Columbia have access to cancer treatment,” says Mr. Barber at the time. “The Canadian Cancer Society is a valuable organization that makes a difference in the lives of people.”
In 2005, the lodge was rededicated and named the “Jean C. Barber Lodge” in recognition of the Barbers’ generosity. Mrs. Barber remarked that “This gift from Ike and me will have lasting impact and will ensure the lodge will be there for everyone who comes to Vancouver for cancer treatment today, and far into the future.”