Retired Nelson surveyor Ray Johnson (seen at right) was recently presented with the BC Land Surveyors Lifetime Achievement Award. Johnson received his surveyor’s commission in 1958 and performed many surveys throughout the region.
Among the major projects on his resume: Kokanee Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs, rebuilding the tailrace at the city power plant, and creating the control survey of Nelson by placing 98 monuments.
He further was heavily involved in building the airport runway, arranged the sale of the property to the school district for its operations yard, and helped broker the deal that resulted in the Chahko Mika Mall and public works yard being built where they are.
Johnson also received a life membership from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC upon his retirement from both professions at age 81.