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David Mowat Herd | The Freeman Legacy
David Mowat Herd
Herd's record of service dates back to 1937, when, as a member of the Burnaby Junior Chamber of Commerce, he was appointed chairman of the May Day Committee. Like many young Canadian men of his generation, his youth was interrupted by the call to arms. In 1944 he went overseas as a sergeant with the First Canadian Armed Forces. Herd spent the war years in Europe, celebrating the end of the war in Holland, where he and his fellow Canadians were greeted as heroes and liberators.
Following the war, he returned to his wife in Burnaby, where they raised to children. While running a successful lumber company, he also resumed public service as an active member of the South Burnaby Men's Club. He spearheaded campaigns to develop Bonsor and Ron McLean Parks, coached little league baseball, and advocated for the development and protection of park space in Burnaby.
As a founding member of several recreational committees, Herd was elected to the Burnaby Parks Board in 1956, serving the maximum allowable term of six years, until 1961. He then ran for public office, serving as Alderman for seven years. Following his municipal career, Herd was first a member, then a director, of the Burnaby Hospital Board, as well as a member of the Burnaby Advisory Planning Commission. All the while, his private business continued to thrive, and he s served as president of the Building Supply Dealers Association of BC from 1982 to 1984.
Herd's remarkable record of community service earned him the honour of Freeman of the Municipality of Burnaby in 1984.
Herd died on March 4, 2007.