George Doi

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

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Part 4: A secret history — Life after internment

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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 to Slocan, and their life in the camp there. In this fourth and final installment he explains that ...

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

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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 Vancouver Island, and their temporary internment in Hastings Park, Vancouver.

Here, in the third of a four-part series ...

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Part 2: Hastings Park Detention Centre

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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 Island.

Here, in the second of a four-part series, he describes their temporary internment in Hastings Park, Vancouver ...

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

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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It was 78 years ago that the lives of Japanese Canadians abruptly changed. At the time there were 23,303 Japanese Canadians ...

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Nikkei Chronicles #9—More Than a Game: Nikkei Sports

Virtual Walk Around The World – 40,075 km

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 still a young teenager, I started working in logging camps felling trees with my Dad to help out my ...

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