LEES+Associates Summer Retreat
LEES+Associates’ Summer Retreat!

We’re not only about work at LEES+Associates, we make room for fun too. Occasionally, we shut off our computers and go out to play!

We had a fantastic company retreat at Dragon’s Lodge on Gabriola Island recently. The weekend allowed time for the LEES team and our families to share communal meals,

Royal Oak Burial Park Stone
Monument Slabs at Royal Oak Burial Park

LEES+Associates was delighted to work with Vancouver-based monument builder and sculptor, Dan Bellan, on the latest expansion area at Royal Oak Burial Park, in Victoria B.C.

The design team collaborated with Dan on the design, placement and refinement of monumental slabs of Vancouver Island white marble that are the key features at the cemetery’s new “BIRCH” and “MAGNOLIA” Sections.

Fall in Beacon Hill Park
City of Victoria Adopts Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan

We are pleased to announce that Victoria’s City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan!
The plan is the culmination of a year-long effort to create a strategic level roadmap to help guide the planning, management, and investment into the City’s parks system for the next 25 years.

Cemetery
‘Looming crisis’ as cemeteries across Canada run out of space

“We’re running out of room because, as I characterize cemeteries, they’re the forgotten landscape, they’re the forgotten land use,” he said. “We’ve managed to, on the whole, build healthy cities with good infrastructure and downtown cores and housing…but we’ve really neglected the importance of remembrance and places of grief and mourning.”

Erik Lees was a guest on CTV News last month to discuss the issue of cemeteries running out of space.

Timeless - Grow Green
Growing Green in Metro Vancouver

Grow Green is a guide to creating and maintaining sustainable gardens and lawns using non-invasive, readily available plants in Metro Vancouver. The website provides a searchable database of plants that thrive in our local climate, without needing lots of water or chemicals. For people with lots of yard space or only a few containers,

Lake Cowichan Ts'uubaa-asatx Square
Lake Cowichan’s Ts’uubaa-asatx Square

Making a place for art!

LEES+Associates prepared the final concept and construction drawings for a proposed new town square in the Town of Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island. The community wanted to include a place for public art within the square, but by the time the project went to construction,

Denman Island Natural Burial Cemetery
Discussions: What is Green Burial? [Audio]

What is Green Burial:

Known under many names, including “natural burial,” “eco-burial,” “woodland burial,” and “country burial,” green burial is rooted in minimising the impact of human burial on the environment. While the level of “greenness” varies, in practice, a green burial is considered to have at least two of the following pillars:

Does not include embalming;

Okotoks Cemetery Land Needs Assessments
What We Do: Cemetery Needs Assessments

LEES+Associates has undertaken a range of “Needs Assessments” for communities across Canada. The examined criteria for social need varies significantly in breadth and depth. Generally, our needs assessments have included a comprehensive review of a municipality or region’s expected demand for cemetery and crematorium services over 25 to 50 years and compared it to the available supply and quality of service in the community.