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An adventure at sea for engineering student

July 20, 2017

It has always been the dream of the young: to run off to sea or , at least, sign up for it.

Read on:

Gulf Islands Driftwood –Penders Edition

Wednesday, May 3, 2000

An adventure at sea for engineering student

by Tanya Lester

Escaping the confines of land and heading out over the boundless ocean is an adventure that has endured centuries.

To young people, sailing over the “big swells” of off-shore water has been a metaphor for the voyage into adulthood.

Early this summer, Ed Callendar will participate in this rite of passage when he joins the ranks of 500 Canadians, aged 15 to 25, selected for the Tall Ship Millennium Challenge.

The eight-day trip will begin June 25 in Baltimore and end at New York City, a part of North America that Callendar, who grew up on South Pender, is eager to explore for the first time. As the crow flies, he said, the two cities seem close together but the deep ocean water route is much longer.

Callendar said the water depth provides “big swells” that are not available around the Gulf Islands where he has gained most of his sailing experience. The ship, at an overall length of 170 feet, will be the largest he has ever helped sail.

The engineering student responded to a newspaper article about the opportunity to enter the race by writing a 250-word essay. In it he outlined his reasons for wanting to participate. These included having sailed all his life (he was first out on a boat at one or two years old), his goal to continue sailing in new places and his intention to teach sailing lessons to young people.

Having taken sailing classes as a child in North Vancouver, Callendar toyed with the idea of becoming a nautical engineer until he discovered there are few job openings in that field.

He is currently studying at the University of Victoria to be an electrical engineer, and the sailing challenge will interrupt his program.

The experience will be worth it for Callendar, with the added bonus of meeting crews from some of the 150 tall ships involved from around the world.

Race winners will be determined by time keeping while each crew is out on the water. At the end of the summer, time totals will be compared to come up with the top positions.

Following the 10-day excursion, the 21-year-old will visit relatives in Nova Scotia and sailing will remain on his personal itinerary. Among those he visits will be his cousin, Andrew Childs, who is among the top-10-ranked laser sailors trying out for the single spot to represent Canada in the next Summer Olympics.

Previously, Callendar took a five-day sailing trip in high school.

He also has a trip to Baja, Mexico under his belt which he undertook with family friends, John and Cody Ross.

Another young man from the Gulf Islands, Orin Brosseau, has already participated in the Tall Ship Millennium Challenge. Brosseau, from Salt Spring, sailed around the English Channel and the North Sea for a couple of weeks beginning on March 31.

Like Brosseau, Callendar needs to raise $2,500 to pay for expenses, including transportation, shore-based activities, support services and a uniform. He has only $200 so far. Writing university examinations temporarily interrupted his fundraising…


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Local artists bring art to life for Pender students

January 23,2017

Artists in the schools like writers in the schools enlightens those students who dream about being artists or writers to the realization that they can choose these as careers. It is not unrealistic to follow their passions, no matter those passions are.

Little by little, I have chosen to follow my passions more and more over the years and I am here to say this is an ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL thing to do.

Here is an article to reinforce this:

Gulf Islands Driftwood– Penders edition
Wednesday, September 6, 2000
Local artists bring art to life for Pender students
by Tanya Lester

The Art is Us program, connecting Penders artists with students in the local school, is expected to highlight visual art and theatre facilitation for teenagers this year. And it will do so to an extent that perhaps has never been seen at Pender Islands School.

The formula that is making Art is Us work is one dedicated parent plus one dedicated teacher and fundraising, said Carolyn MacDonald, North \\\\\pender representative on the Trincomali Arts Council. “The idea flowers from work done by parent Carole Nicholson.” She has been working closely with Colleen Shannon who teaches the Pender Islands Secondary Program.

Last year, Nicholson was spurred on to find an alternative to the correspondence course offered high school students because both she and her daughter thought it was “somewhat dry.”

Nicholson, whose husband is artist Richard Nicholson and who “draws all the time” herself, recognized a golden opportunity to link the large community of islands artists with the students.

She decided to ask artists to volunteer for two sessions with the students. Each one she phoned said yes without hesitation and spent much more time with the young people than the minimum required.

The program ran on a weekly basis from October to February. Kelly Irving showed the students drawing techniques. Gill Peterson worked with them on paintings and colour. Amarah Gabriel facilitated a collage treasure map.

Mask-making was the art form Jacqueline Dandeneau and David Ferney worked on with the young people. Corre Alice demonstrated and helped them with silk-screening.

“It’s so life giving,” said Nicholson by way of evaluating the workshops. “I’ve seen the students come so alive. They just get to be themselves. Artists are such tender people. The only thing the students didn’t like about the course was the day they were told it had come to an end.”

This year, Irving will again do the weekly drawing classes. Peterson will do an acrylics workshop for a week duration. Alice is set to return.

Dandeneau and Ferney will introduce block printing.

A new component will be drama and stage craft.

For example, with input from the local theatre community, interested students could mount an entire play right from selecting the selecting the script to acting to set design and production. Storytelling, a behind-the-scenes examination of how everything comes together, lighting and stage properties will be included.

The courses also allow students to participate in the arts community outside the school’s walls. For instance, their is an Art is Us exhibit as part of the Arting Around show each spring. Students were also involved in Solstice Theatre’s Goodnight Desdemona (Goodmorning Juliet) production. A couple were involved in the New Year 2000 celebration coordinated by Ferney and Dandeneau.

Students who complete these courses will receive credits.

Not only will Art is Us combat some of the recent cutbacks to arts instruction in the school but it will also encourage young people to interact with community members, said MacDonald, who is also arts council treasurer. In addition, it will dispel the “bad rap” that teenagers seem to be getting.

Other benefits will be the nurturing of social skills and confidence building. “With art there isn’t too much of a wrong answer,” said MacDonald.

Artist Joe Coffey has already agreed to donate one of his prints as a raffle prize to fundraise for the program.

And Solstice Theatre has “put its money where its mouth is” by providing funding. The Trincomali Arts Council, the Pender Islands Agricultural and Hall Association and Pender Island Community Social Services have also contributed financially to Art is Us.

Nicholson, who home schools her children until they are ready to attend high school, was motivated to start the program by art itself.

“I love art,” she said. “I like art around me. We buy it or trade it when we can. I believe art should be valued by the community at large.”

Her other reason is her bond with the students. “They’re such great kids.”

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