Literary Nonfiction. His name was Horace Wrinch. It was 1880. He was fourteen years old, a farmer's boy from England travelling on his own to Quebec. Twenty years later, a qualified doctor and newly married surgeon, he arrived in Hazelton on the Skeena River in northern British Columbia. In 1904, Horace built the first hospital in the northern interior of the province, which until his arrival had no resident doctors, no surgeons and no hospital. Over the next thirty-two years, he became widely respected as a doctor and surgeon, hospital administrator, medical missionary, Methodist minister, magistrate, farmer, community leader and progressive politician. Ever innovative, he instituted a form of health insurance for the Hazelton community as early as 1907. In the 1920s, he was a two-term president of the newly established British Columbia Hospital Association and a two-term Liberal Member of the Provincial Legislature for the Skeena riding. While in the Legislature, he championed publicly funded health insurance. Upon his death in 1939, he was called "the best known and most beloved man in Northern British Columbia." His legacy remains in Wrinch Memorial Hospital in Hazelton. Drawn almost entirely from original and contemporaneous sources, this is the previously untold story of a remarkable British Columbian.
Geoff Mynett was born in Shropshire, England. He qualified as a barrister in England. After immigrating in 1973, he re-qualified as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia. He practised law in Vancouver until his retirement. A passionate believer in the importance of knowing our histories, he is also an artist. He is married to Horace Wrinch's granddaughter, Alice, and they have two sons. He and his wife live in Vancouver.Author City: VANCOUVER, BC CAN