Greenangels Woodchoppers West

The Goal

The Choppers West are supporting a project in Marikina Philippines, where we're helping pre-school children with education and a food program. This is dear to our hearts as one of our Pender choppers has family there.

We've found another very worthwhile project, the Howard English Hatchery. Raising salmon fry and repopulating streams around the area is what these volunteers have been doing for the past forty years. As we all know, salmon are an important part of our ecosystem and are becoming scarce. Read about this hatcery on our front page.

We welcome your support for whichever goal touches your heart.

And if you enjoy swinging an axe and are interested in joining the choppers, email Dave and let him know.

UPDATE: May 20/21

I know you folks on Pender have been wondering who is the Greenangels West Gang, Brother Phil on the left, good friend John on the right. In the first picture you can guess.

Ina & Gwen may show up at a later date.

The two hardy men in the first picture just stacked 5 cords in that shed behind them this morning, for a FN client. Both Randy’s hips & both knees are shot. He can’t get out but expressed great appreciation to these two gentlemen and all of you Pender folk who sent the wood.

Sr Hargreaves helped deliver and chop a cord this morning also & received another donation to help bring Bing home to Trincomali on Pender.

As Manager, I was demonstrating how to chop with one hand, then pick and toss the pieces into the shed with John’s pickaroon.

The wood shed had a torn roof, so these two choppers pulled out two tarps and a bottle of glue, Their ingenuity and handiwork is being discussed this evening all over the Rez. D

December 20/20

Angel Gwen, Tsawout First Nation, first suggested we take a load of Cedar to Randy, Tsartlip FN, who has broken his hips twice and is becoming a bit forgetful. That last point led him to going down his ramp(from the front door) with his canes to feed the birds. His daughter found him lying in the Garden.

When the Sr Angel, Ina, saw the wet ramp(helping unload the Cedar) she immediately suggested roofing shingles for the 12’ramp.

Therein lies the involvement of the Split Splitter, Sr Hargreaves. He agreed to help Ina by bringing the roof shingles and nails to customize the aforesaid ramp(those of you that know me, know why neither asked for my help).

These activities led to Ina’s daughter, Angel Christine, offering a large old growth fir tree with huge knots(great all night burning options for client Randy).

Once those knots were at Randy’s(from Salt Spring), not only did Sr Hargreaves ‘nail’ down the ramp solution, but helped buck the knots as an after thought.

Then the Angels West, P Howe & J Cook, contingent discovering the cedar, balsam, & fir, laying all over Randy’s front yard, in the rain, jumped into action, with wheelbarrow and pickaroon in hand. They cleaned up the yard by stacking all the wood at the top and sides of the ramp including providing the tarps(with Ina’s help).

The Green Angels are definitely heaven sent!! You are all so wonderful! Thank you for helping our communities and families in need!

This is the Christmas ???? story I needed to hear and thank you once again for making Randy’s ramp a safe place to walk.  It’s very heart warming knowing that people still care about their fellow mankind.

Warmest regards,


As mentioned earlier John Cook, is actually a good cook, & provided sustenance with Peanut Butter cookies loaded with peanut butter chips and brown sugar. I, of course, had my fill, suggesting he & Phil, not mention that to Angel Ina.

Randy had a rough night so was only able to stick his head out the door to express amazement and thanks, with a soft Merry Christmas wish, before ducking back to bed.

The Cedar & Balsam was donated by the Pender Choppers and as to Sr Hargreaves splitting his time between the Pender Volunteers and the Angel West Marikina group, he came away with sore knees, a full heart, and a significant donation for the kids.

Vaya con Dios to all and to all a ‘Good’night. Dave

Dec 5, 2020

Today GreenAngels West was out in full force, at our local First Nations friends’ woodpile. Phil, with his new Fisker, me with my Xmas present, an 8lb Fisker Maul, and John with his Pickaroo technique. Angel Gwen’s brother Adrian Underwood brought a Champion high-powered Splitter to the party, with his Cousin John Claxton. Angel John gave Adrian, Pickaroo lessons, in exchange for getting the management position. Three cords later we all discussed the value of afternoon naps. I have added Paul Brent, Saturna Island, to this blog with the hope he will tell you their Saturna story of charity chopping.

Another bucking & chopping outing at Tsartlip First Nations yesterday led to winter wood orders for both Tsawout & Tsartlip Christian Churches from a long-time, friend and true Angel, Gwen Underwood.

The Underwood families have been high school friends since the mid-fifties. Gwen has gone above & beyond in support of the GreenAngels & her people, for many years, helping with the Ancestral Burnings, for which we donated the Cedar.

Gwen was also the person who reminded me that the Creator has been here for over 10,000 years, much longer than my tenure since 1949. I have learned a lot from Gwen & how the FN are so connected to nature.

The proceeds from the Church wood will be going to the Marikina Angels.

Till next time, Dave

As you may know, The Greenangels Woodchoppers started on Pender island about ten years ago with a great crew of mostly retired men, who got together a few times a week to raise money for local charities by chopping and selling cords of wood.

Read the full story here.

They’re still going strong and continue to support the Pender Island community.

Now a  new Chopper Chapter has begun, this time on the Saanich Peninsula. Moving to Sidney hasn’t stopped Dave! He’s still contributing his time and efforts in helping not only Pender but also folks on the Peninsula. And he’s recruiting a new team of choppers. The following is from an email Dave sent out:

“Ina, my brother, Phil, & his best friend, John ‘The Cook’ Cook, came out to help buck, chop, & deliver a cord of fir for a disabled Tsartlip First Nations High School friend of the four of us.

When John and I heard that there was a donation attached to our work today and that the money was going to help a family in the Philippines we were both blown away.

Holy Mackerel, to get out and get a little sunshine and some much-needed exercise and help a friend put up some wood for the coming winter and then find out that this event has also had an impact on some ‘friends’ overseas, is pretty outstanding.   Randy Cooper was in tears & so appreciative of meeting old friends in a new era where his body does not allow him to swing an axe like we all used to. 

Randy’s best friend, Rick, then asked if we could help his friend out, by bucking a tree that came down during the storm,at her Pauqauchin home.

The ‘Big’ Island Chopper brigade decided that the donation, from these initiatives, would go to supporting one of our Pender Choppers’ family initiatives in the Philippines.

Read about our Philippine project

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