The Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue Association lost a long-time volunteer in 2021, Robert Allen. In his memory, we have established an endowment at the Sunshine Coast Foundation. Grants from the Robert Allen Memorial Endowment will support land search and rescue activities on the Sunshine Coast.

Robert was born in Comox and spent his school-age years in Courtenay. After graduating from BCIT in 1967, he worked as a land surveyor throughout the province before settling in Sechelt and starting his own company. In that capacity, Robert traversed nearly every centimeter of the Sunshine Coast and met many of its inhabitants. After retirement, he achieved the rare honour of life membership status in both Canada and British Columbia Land Surveyors Associations. An avid outdoorsman, Robert enjoyed fishing, camping, and hunting.

A family man and a consummate professional, Robert was also a committed community volunteer. A coach of multiple youth sports teams, chair of the library board, elected official – he did it all. Robert was very proud to have been a founding member of the Sunshine Coast Search and Rescue team “for 46 and a half years” and served on the SAR Board for many years, the last few as its Treasurer. He could move through the bush faster and smoother than almost anyone.

A celebration of Robert’s life was delayed by the pandemic, and was held on Saturday, September 25th, 2021. Those wishing to honour Robert’s memory by supporting the Search and Rescue Association may make a donation of any size to the endowment established in his memory. Please contact the Sunshine Coast Foundation at 604.741.7360 or [email protected], or use the Donate Today button below.