Claudia Parfitt shows off an Oak Bay senior secondary school ID from 1977-78 and a red wallet she discovered while pulling invasive species at Bruce Hutchison Park.

Park clean-up yields 37-year-old wallet

Saanich woman finds old wallet belonging to Nicola Ker while pulling invasives from Bruce Hutchison Park

Claudia Parfitt didn’t anticipate detective work when she volunteered to pull invasive plants in a park near her Saanich home.

“I was just pulling ivy and I pulled up this wallet,” Parfitt said last week at Bruce Hutchison Park.

After scrubbing decades of muck from the red wallet she discovered a social insurance card, driver’s license and a 1977-78 Oak Bay senior secondary ID belonging to Nicola Mary Ker.

Parfitt phoned all the Kers listed in the Greater Victoria phone book, but had no luck tracking down the owner. She assumes Ker married and changed her name, or moved away.

“It would be nice to return it to her,” Parfitt said.

If you have any information to help track down Nicola Ker, email

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