Long-time Chilcotin resident Maxine Wright and her family were presented with a plaque at the Anahim Lake Community Association Christmas Cabaret.
The plaque commemorates Maxine’s late husband, Dick Wright for his role in building the community hall — renaming the hall The Dick Wright Community Hall.
Dick Wright stepped in and organized the building of the current community hall in 1977 when the roof caved in on the former hall and it burnt to the ground.
Anahim Lake Community Association vice president Dale Tuck explained that the hall is the hub of the community and that Wright, who passed away a few months ago, realized its importance and worked hard to rebuild it quickly.
“Dick and Maxine got a grant to build the hall and he donated all the logs and hired a crew to build it. It went up from fall to spring and was built in time for the rodeo in 1978. The project included a great deal of community support,” Tuck explained.
“The hall is the hub of the community. It’s crucial for meetings, funerals, family get-togethers and weddings — there is a lot of history in these wall. It really needs some repair now, but it’s holding up.”
She added that the Wrights moved to Anahim Lake in 1958, camping at the rodeo grounds for a while.
“He started a mill, the first ‘Carrier Lumber’ mill, next to their Hidden Springs Ranch,” she said. “He was always very immersed in the community.”
The cabaret at the community hall included dinner, presents and a visit with Santa for the children and live dance music by Perfect Match from Williams Lake. Community Association president Tolin Pare read a presentation to Maxine Wright and her family, and the plaque was presented by Dale Tuck.
“It’s so fitting that the hall is named after him. He did so much in the community and it’s time to recognize the hard work of community members here. It takes a community to be strong and we thought it was a great idea to name this hall after him. He had a very strong community spirit that was passed onto his daughters – they were always doing so much for the community, following in their dad’s footsteps,” she said.
“This hall is so crucial to the community — the past and the future are both important and Dick loved that. He was warm and caring and family was his number one priority to his last breath.”
Maxine Wright said that her husband would have enjoyed the cabaret with young children, teens, families and seniors. “It mattered to him that the hall was there for all generations,” she said.
“He would have loved this.”