Joe Whitehead Award 2017 Recipient – Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson has spent a life time in the wall and ceiling industry. He started the trade in Edmonton in 1947 with his grandfather. He moved to Kelowna in 1971 with his wife Norma.

Together they raised two children, Dave Johnson (junior) and Rhonda, and have three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

In Kelowna, Dave became a managing partner in Barval Installations Ltd, a company that worked through out British Columbia specializing in steel stud framing, drywall, acoustical ceilings, lathing, stucco, and plaster on commercial, institutional, and public infrastructure projects.

In 1972 the company completed the Orchard Park Shopping Centre in Kelowna, which at the time was the largest shopping centre outside the lower mainland. In 1976 the partners in Barval Installation Ltd. incorporated a separate company known as Kelowna Lite Kast that was involved in the birth of the pre-fab steel stud and stucco panel systems. The panels were manufactured in their shop in Kelowna and shipped throughout the province for installation by their on-site crews.

Dave had a thirst for flying and in the late 70s purchased his first airplane. On many occasions he would fly himself and his employees to various job sites throughout the province. He was a bit of a thrill seeker there were times when Dave would shut the plane’s motor off and glide downwards just to see the expressions on his passengers’ faces.

In the 80s, with the downturn in unionized construction Dave continued to operate under the Kelowna Lite Kast banner in the open shop sector.

In 1993, Dave was a founding member in the Southern Interior Wall and Ceiling Association. A group of five contractors and suppliers gathered and formed the new association and within two years their membership grew to 27.

In 1996 the Southern Interior Wall & Ceiling Association joined forces with the Lower Mainland Wall & Ceiling Association and The Vancouver Island Association to form the British Columbia Wall & Ceiling Association. Once again Dave was a very active member in both associations serving in various positions, including Director and Executive Director, and on many committees. Training was always at the top of Dave’s interests and throughout the years his companies have trained some of the best tradespeople in the industry.

Dave and his wife Norma love to travel and over the past 10 years have spent many happy times travelling in their motorhome.

The Joe Whitehead Award is an award given to a member of the association who has excelled in the industry, has given countless hours of volunteer time, and is one who holds the industry in the highest regard.

It is with great honour the BCWCA presents the 2017 Joe Whitehead Award to Dave Johnson.