Valerie Marie Bunt (“Val”) was born and raised in North Vancouver along with her eight brothers and sisters – the children of Violet and Bertrand Rogers. The family’s values of honesty and hard work were not lost on Val and she was known for her ability to roll up her sleeves and lead the way, no matter what was called for: a plumbing crisis, slinging bales of hay or building the Birken community’s float for the next Canada Day parade!
Val and her husband, Norman Bunt (“Norm”) moved to Birken in 1978 and became something of an institution in the community; certainly, the Birken Ratepayer’s Association meetings would not have been the same without them. Ever-welcoming, there was always lots of food and plenty of laughter in the Bunt home.
One of Val’s lifelong dreams, to run a guest ranch, came true when she and Norm purchased the Whispering Falls Resort outside of Birken. Val spent almost 20 years at Whispering Falls before her health finally caused her to move back to North Vancouver. It was while Val was in North Vancouver, battling kidney disease, that she first encountered St. Paul’s Hospital. She credited St. Paul’s with having saved her life more than once.
Val, always a big believer in community involvement, left one-third of her estate to charitable organizations – including three Lower Mainland hospitals. We are grateful that Val considered us as part of her community and salute the “can-do” attitude that characterized Valerie Bunt.