In his 30 years at Fintry, James Cameron Dun‑Waters turned the delta into a productive farm and impressive estate. But his interests also stretched to broader horizons. He was a director of the CPR and played strong roles in the BC Fruit Growers Association, the Armstrong Interior Provincial Exhibition organization and curling clubs from Vernon to Vancouver.
Upon learning of his terminal cancer, Dun‑Waters attempted to sell the estate. However, the depression was just ending and there were no buyers. In 1939, he “sold” Fintry Estate to the Fairbridge Farm School for underprivileged children for the sum of one dollar.