Oct 09 2022-5:56 PM
A Kootenay woman who has devoted more than 50 years to saving injured and orphaned wildlife is featured in a documentary.
Helen Jameson, 88, has worked tirelessly to bring countless animals of all kinds to health on her farm in the Blewett community, before returning them to the wild. Her incredible story was captured in a documentary released last summer.
“It was magical to interview her, she is a very special woman,” said director and producer Corey Woods. “This movie is about her legacy.”
Woods, a Vancouver-based producer, also has a passion for wildlife, and after reaching out to Jameson for a story in 2020, she knew she wanted something special.
“Years ago I was refueling in Salmo in Kotnaise and at the gas station there was a donation box to help Helen take care of the wildlife and I took a picture of it,” she said. A few years later I was looking at photos for a documentary idea and here it is.”
Woods put together a trailer featuring her story to get funding. She and another producer went to Jameson’s farm.
“She had stopped caring for the animals by then, she was in her 80s, but there are still cages and pens on the property,” she said. “She still had dogs and cats running around. I interviewed her and she talked about some real tragedies in her life and how her love for animals helped her keep going.”
The film was accepted and the funding came.
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Jameson has retired and currently lives in a house in Trail.
Woods did her home show this summer and all of Jameson’s friends came to see her with her.
“She was intrigued,” Woods said. “She would see her dogs on screen and it would bring back memories. At the end she gave a speech about how important it is to protect our wildlife.
“She is still very excited about this letter.”
Over the decades, Jameson has cared for bears, cougars and ungulates, birds, lizards, and mice.
“It would be a horrible boring place if there were no birds or animals,” she said in the documentary. “I was a bird lady, a bear lady, I was all these names for miles and miles.”
The project was funded by Telus Optic TV and aired on August 17. You can watch the video Online.
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