Members of the Clearwater Men’s Shed prepare a section of land for the new phone of the wind project. Pictured are Marshall Milligan, left, Ray Harms, Chuck Neathway and Bob Foulkes. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

Members of the Clearwater Men’s Shed prepare a section of land for the new phone of the wind project. Pictured are Marshall Milligan, left, Ray Harms, Chuck Neathway and Bob Foulkes. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

Clearwater’s ‘phone of the wind’ installed near hospital

The phone is now located at the halfway mark on the community path

What began as a few pieces of wood and an old rotary phone, has now become a beautiful addition to a community trail.

Members of the Clearwater Men’s Shed group brought tools and materials to the halfway point on the trail behind the hospital to install their latest project, a “phone of the wind.”

The phone of the wind is a disconnected landline-style phone on a pole, bench or booth, that provides people a place to mourn.

By late Thursday morning, the light-stained booth, donned with doves carved by Bob Foulkes and a black rotary phone was installed.

The Wells Gray Seniors Society will be purchasing a bench to accompany the phone, so those using it have a place to sit and a beautiful view of the river.

The idea was brought to District of Clearwater council late last year, and they passed a recommendation to coordinate the installation of the project with community collaboration from the Clearwater and District Hospice Society, Wells Gray Country Seniors Society, Interior Health and Men’s Shed.

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The Men’s Shed team checks, double checks and triple checks to make sure the posts for the phone are level and in line. Pictured are Bob Foulkes, left, Ray Harms and Chuck Neathway. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

The Men’s Shed team checks, double checks and triple checks to make sure the posts for the phone are level and in line. Pictured are Bob Foulkes, left, Ray Harms and Chuck Neathway. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

Ray Harms tests out the phone while the other Men’s Shed members mount the booth onto its posts. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

Ray Harms tests out the phone while the other Men’s Shed members mount the booth onto its posts. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

The phone of the wind, a Men’s Shed project, is completed and installed on the pathway behind the hospital. A bench will be installed and paid for by the Wells Gray Country Seniors Society and some landscaping will also be done. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)

The phone of the wind, a Men’s Shed project, is completed and installed on the pathway behind the hospital. A bench will be installed and paid for by the Wells Gray Country Seniors Society and some landscaping will also be done. (Stephanie Hagenaars/Clearwater Times)