Charles Rod Day - Author and Municipal Councilor
Rod Day was municipal councillor in West Vancouver for 16 years from 1987 to 1996 and from 2003 to 2008. When not on Council, he served 15 years in various advisory committees, mainly Planning, Design and Parks. From the 1970s through the first decade of the 21st century, he was involved in almost every aspect of municipal life. He is thus able to provide unique insights into the evolution of West Vancouver from a village of waterfront cottages to an upscale residential community. He emphasizes the role of citizens groups, advisory committees, and volunteers who devoted themselves to careful planning to preserve the natural beauty of the community.
A trained historian, Rod did extensive research in the West Vancouver archives and used his own collection of documents. As a result, the book provides important insights into the history of West Vancouver and into local history generally.
Rod is the former president of the West Vancouver Historical Society. He is professor emeritus at Simon Fraser University in History and was educated at Stanford University (BA) and Harvard University (MA, PHD).