Where Are They Now? Gordon Gore's scientific mind keeps busy

At age 80, Gordon Gore is living at The Hamlets in Westsyde, but the retired teacher and founder of the Big Little Science Centre still spends time with the kids.

"I was there [at the Big Little Science Centre] yesterday," Gore told KTW earlier this month. "There was a class of Bert Edwards students. I took some pictures."

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Gore shoots photography as part of his role in creating the centre's monthly newsletter, but he also spends time behind a lens contributing to KTW and creating photo books, which he sells.

He has a book shelf with about a dozen of his photo compilations.

The Comical Critters series features photographs of animals shot in their natural habitats, complete with witty captions.

In 2014, Gore began photographing osprey at The Dunes Golf Course in Westsyde, near his home. He typically shoots from his motorized power chair, but golf course staff let him take a golf cart to capture the birds that return each spring.

"Every year for three years," Gore said. "April 3 or April 4."

Asked why Gore still volunteers his time to the Big Little Science Centre, he replied: "It's my baby."

He said he does what he can, visiting about once a month.

He has put in countless hours over the years.

Gore received the Meritorious Service Medal in 2015, an award in which the Governor General recognizes an individual for a remarkable feat that brings honour to Canada and sets an exemplary standard of achievement.

Gore created the science centre, which is today in the former Happyvale elementary building on Holt Street in Brocklehurst, almost two decades ago.

He taught in the school district for nearly 20 years and has received an honorary doctorate from TRU, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Award for Science Promotion, the Eve Savory Award from the B.C. Innovation Council, the B.C. Premier's Community Achievement Award and an Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year Award from the B.C. Science Teachers' Association.

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