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George Doi

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George Doi was born in Royston, a small logging community on Vancouver Island. At the age of 9 he and his family were uprooted and moved to Bay Farm, a remote internment camp where they remained for 4 years. When the camp closed, George, a 14 year old boy, started work in the logging camps to help support his parents and 9 siblings. Later he joined the British Columbia Forest Service, working in many Ranger Districts in the Kootenays. From a Deputy Forest Ranger he first won the position of Forestry Operations Supervisor in the Vancouver Forest Region, and later that of Fire Prevention Coordinator. Upon retirement he is forever seeking knowledge and busy pursuing things he missed doing in his younger days.

Updated November 2020


Stories from This Author

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Part 4: A secret history — Life after internment

Dec. 13, 2020 • George Doi

Read Part 3 >> During the Second World War, George Doi and his parents and siblings were imprisoned in an internment camp at Bay Farm in Slocan. After they were released, Doi’s father started a logging business in the Slocan Valley. Later, he worked for many years in the B.C. Forest Service locally. In the first three parts of this four-part series, Doi described his family’s uprooting from their Vancouver Island home, their temporary internment in Vancouver, their train ride …

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Part 3: Train ride into the unknown — a child’s life in the Slocan internment camp

Dec. 6, 2020 • George Doi

Read Part 2 >> During the Second World War, George Doi and his parents and siblings were imprisoned in an internment camp at Bay Farm in Slocan. After they were released, Doi’s father started a logging business in the Slocan Valley. Later, he worked for many years in the B.C. Forest Service locally. In parts one and two of his series on the internment camp, he described the events leading to the internment, the family’s eviction from their home on …

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Part 2: Hastings Park Detention Centre

Nov. 29, 2020 • George Doi

Read Part 1 >> During the Second World War, George Doi and his parents and siblings were imprisoned in an internment camp at Bay Farm in Slocan. After they were released, Doi’s father started a logging business in the Slocan Valley. Later, he worked for many years in the B.C. Forest Service locally. In Part One of his series on the internment camp, he described the events leading to the internment, and the family’s eviction from their home on Vancouver …

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Part 1: Banished from our homes: Family moved to Slocan internment camp

Nov. 22, 2020 • George Doi

During World war II, George Doi and his parents and siblings were imprisoned in an internment camp at Bay Farm in Slocan. After they were released, Doi’s father started a logging business in the Slocan Valley. Later, he worked for many years in the BC Forest Service locally. In part one of his series on the internment camp, he describes the events leading to the internment, and the family’s eviction from their home on Vancouver Island. * * * * …

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Nikkei Chronicles #9—More Than a Game: Nikkei Sports
Virtual Walk Around The World – 40,075 km

Nov. 3, 2020 • George Doi

I have often being asked, “Why do you walk so much?” “Don’t you get tired?” and my reply would invariably be that I love brisk walks and I hardly ever get tired. But now I too have pondered those same questions. I believe my passion for walking started at a very young age. Being uprooted and incarcerated in internment camps during WWII and struggling for bare necessities to survive led me to recognize the values of health and money. While …

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