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Who is Pete VanderBeek?

Pete is a child of God, citizen of the Kingdom of God.

Pete is the son of William and Gertie VanderBeek, oldest sibling of Joan, George, John, Mike and Lisa.

Pete is the father of 5 active, fun, sharp, witty, creative, thoughtful, loving, constructive, reliable and expressive young adults. Here they are:

R to L Janelle (the youngest daughter), Greg (youngest son) Melissa (daughter in law), Luke, (middle son and husband of Mel), Katrina (oldest daughter) and Byron (oldest son). This was taken in 2012

R to L Janelle (the youngest daughter), Greg (youngest son) Melissa (daughter in law), Luke, (middle son and husband of Mel), Katrina (oldest daughter) and Byron (oldest son). This was taken in late 2011 I think.

This is the five at the end of the year 2007 spiffed up for Luke and Mel's wedding.

This is the five at the end of the year 2007 spiffed up for Luke and Mel’s wedding.

Pete’s once-wife is a big part of who these kids have become and are.

Pete has a canine companion in life’s adventures who’s name is Reef.

One of several favourite pictures of Reef. He's standing on the old foundation of the school by Mud Lake. Taken summer of 2011, during my involuntary sojourn in Southern Alberta waiting for my work visa to be approved.

One of several favourite pictures of Reef. He’s standing on the old foundation of the school by Mud Lake. Taken summer of 2011, during my involuntary sojourn in Southern Alberta waiting for my work visa to be approved.

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Pete loves exploring nature with Reef or anyone else interested.

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Pete, Reef and Byron mountain hiking near Kannanaskis in the summer of 2012

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One wonderful day my daughters and I went kayaking on the ocean. What an adventure!

At the end of the kayaking day we were sitting on a bench overlooking the ocean and Islands we had explored, and watching a thunderstorm approach. I suddenly lifted my camera and took an over-the-shoulder shot, which turned out wonderfully.

Pete also likes to take pictures of things he sees that he finds interesting. Here are a few of his favourite pocket camera snapshots:

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A rare melanized (black) Garter Snake eating a green slug on Vancouver Island.

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Some kind of wild poppy on Vancouver Island

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A green Slug eating a mushroom on Vancouver Island.

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And here is one of his absolute favourite tranquil nature shots:

The Mountains through snowy branches at Vespers Point in Moorecroft

This picture was taken on the Moorecroft property where I lived for two years on Vancouver Island. It rarely snowed, and so I went for a walk after a snowfall and saw an opportunity to take a shot of the mountains through snow covered branches. I use this picture to relax myself.

Scene closeup with stream in the background in the mountains near the Arlington

This was also taken near the camp. Until finding this spot I had no idea there were so many textures to moss. This picture also relaxes me.

Here are a few critter pictures, most from the Moorecroft location. As part of the camp program we taught the campers about nature, and this 80 acre property was super rich with amazing creatures. It had four distinct separate ecosystems including the intertidal zone. And then ocean creatures besides!

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Pete’s work at Moorecroft Camp had two or three aspects. He was the caretaker of the property, living there all year and keeping a secure eye on it, seeing that no one was chopping trees or disrespecting the natural habitat.

Pete was the mentor to the young adult leaders of each camp. His job was to support and develop them as leaders.

Pete was the Camp Chaplain when there was a camp in. Here are a couple of rare shots of him giving ‘talks.’

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This is a picture of a tree that had been chewed by beavers and then cut off with a saw because it was dangerous. Because of the climate it got covered with a fine moss. Each time I walked by I saw a natural pulpit.

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This sign was on the trail to an ocean-side rock we took the camp kids to each night for “vespers” or closing devotions. I learned pretty quickly that the less said the better, because the kids would be in awe of the stars (if it was dark and clear enough), of the waves, or the mountains, or memories of the day, or the person beside them, or the seals splashing by, that much talk of God was intrusive to the experience of the Creator’s gift.

Besides general nature exploration and pictures, Pete collects pictures of trees growing out of stumps.

He finds that an interesting theme that reminds him of the shoot growing from the stump of Jesse.

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Taken at Miracle beach near Comox

Well, here are a few other things to know about Pete:

He’s an avid reader. He’s a people watcher. He’s analytical and imaginative.

He does a fair bit of writing as well, a result of a mind that does not shut off easily, a mind that needs to process, one which seems to notice things others don’t and which is curious and reflective, trying to make sense of things.

He likes to grow tomatoes and strawberries in planters outside if he can.

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He fulfills his calling (and earns his living) as a Specialized Transitional Minister.

His symbol for that work is a walking stick hanging on the pulpit, representing taking a walk in the wilderness where God teaches.2013-01-06_19-20-23_822

Pete hopes you feel like you know him a bit now.

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