National Volunteer Week – April 18 – 24, 2021
To Mollie Nye House Volunteers:
On behalf of the board staff, we extend a sincere thanks for your time as a volunteer. Your commitment to contributing your time and talents is incredibly valued.
Mollie Nye House’s volunteers are the backbone of this organization and we look forward to seeing you at the House during the year.
The Mollie Nye House is operated by Lynn Valley Services Society (LVSS), on behalf of the District of North Vancouver. The Mollie Nye House is a heritage building that serves as a small community centre in Lynn Valley. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We welcome applications to the Board all year round! See the Get Involved tab above.
LVSS welcomes friends, members, participants and volunteers from across the North Shore and provides a wide range of diverse, multi-generational, cost effective programming at Mollie Nye House.
LVSS is a not-for-profit charitable organization whose mandate is to support, promote and develop educational, social, health, community and recreational services and programs focusing on the Lynn Valley community and beyond. We have a longstanding relationship and commitment to the residents of our community.
LVSS at Mollie Nye House also offers charming rooms available to rent for meetings, parties, workshops, or special events. Special rates are available for not-for-profit and charitable organizations. We are committed to providing an environment which is welcoming, inclusive and fosters a sense of well being.
We would like to thank the Coast Salish people, including the Skwxwú7mesh Nation (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, upon whose traditional territories the Lynn Valley Services Society @ Mollie Nye house resides.
LVSS recognizes and appreciates the essential funding from the District of North Vancouver which counts for fully one-third of the operational costs of the Mollie Nye House.
Who is Mollie Nye?
FLORENCE MARY “MOLLIE” NYE
SEPTEMBER 23, 1913 – SEPTEMBER 10, 1997
Growing up in a pioneer family influenced Mollie Nye throughout her childhood. She spent the years after World War I living and learning with her teacher mother Olive and younger sister Joyce. Post-war hardship brought its challenges and Mollie watched her mother cope with them and successfully teach under difficult and impoverished circumstances. Her father must also be mentioned since he and his parents played import parts in the
development of North Vancouver, raising her awareness of community involvement. Mollie’s grandparents on her father’s side emigrated from Brighton, England, to Vancouver in the 1890’s. Her grandfather served the community as a constable, a councillor, and a Justice of the Peace.
Mollie’s father, Jack, like his father before him, was very involved in the community. Over the years, he served as a fireman, guided groups of hikers up Grouse Mountain for the Vancouver Tourist Bureau, and served on the executives of the Lynn Valley Ratepayers Association, Lynn Valley Legion, Lynn Valley Conservative Association, and as Police Commissioner. As a result of his service in the Boer War, he received a Military Grant of 160 acres in Lynn Valley, and on this land in 1913 he built what we now know as Mollie Nye House. With a few brief exceptions, Mollie lived at 940 Lynn Valley Rd. all her life.
Mollie was a teacher for 40 years, an avid gardener (lifetime member of Lynn Valley Garden Club), and an enthusiastic doll collector. She attended Lynn Valley School, North Van High School, and King Edward High School, then obtained her teaching diploma at the Provincial Normal School in Vancouver in 1932. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of British Columbia in 1943.
Mollie’s first posting was a one-room country school 15 miles south of Golden in 1932. Her salary was $65.00 a month, $25.00 of which went for room and board. The extreme cold, isolation, and lack of necessities added to the problems of the depression years. Mollie taught at Roche Pointe, Capilano Elementary and Queen Mary Junior High. With the closure of Queen Mary, Mollie moved to the then new Sutherland School in 1950. Over the years, she taught mathematics, social studies, applied arts, and arts. It’s estimated she taught over two thousand students.
Mollie sponsored Red Cross Youth Clubs at all the schools where she taught, including her 22 years at Sutherland. Under her leadership, these clubs made up swabs for blood donor clinics, purchased wheelchairs, assisted needy children at home and abroad, made donations toward dental care and eyeglasses for local children, and made up health kits. In 1972, she received the Badge of Service from the Canadian Red Cross for her many years of service.
Mollie received many accolades for her contributions to the community of Lynn Valley. She received the Centennial Medal and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. The North Vancouver School Board honoured her by naming a Teachers Award for Outstanding Community Service after her. On the occasion of North Vancouver’s Centennial in 1989, Mollie was presented with a Civic Award for Pioneer Educator.
Mollie Nye Way (located across from her long time Lynn Valley House) was named for her and she was presented with her very own copy of the street sign!
Although she did not marry, or have any children of her own, she was very fond of children and devoted her life to teaching them. In return, she was much loved and respected, not only by her students, but by the whole community.
Mrs. Barbara Bate
Historian, Mollie Nye House