Now that the Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Center (TBOEC) has filled every possible spot (with more on a waiting list) for the upcoming Young Women in Ocean Literacy in Stewardship Camp, it's safe to say, 'game on!'
TBOEC in partnership with Ocean Wise will deliver an exclusive five-day, four-night all-female camp July 15 to 19 on Hornby Island for 42 students across B.C. To be eligible, girls must be entering into Grade 10, 11 or 12 in September (ages 15 -18).
This multi-district camp is centered on developing students' understanding of ocean literacy and ecology in order to enhance and increase their knowledge about marine life and stewardship.
The camp concept was developed around the journey of two courageous young Australian kayakers, Lucy Graham and Mathilde Gordon of Passage Adventures. Their cause is to bring awareness about the harmful effects of plastics and other harmful waste in our oceans and the importance of shoreline clean-ups.
These young environmental leaders are presently kayaking the Inside Passage having left Juneau, Alaska in early May and will arrive in Sooke, B.C. in late July. Their paddling journey coincides beautifully with the camp which will allow the paddlers to come ashore and present two powerful lessons on ocean stewardship.
In keeping with the all-female theme, there are three femaile instructors leading the course, all equally as dynamic outdoor adventurours individuals. Hailey, representing Ocean Wise; Kate representing TBOEC; and Serina as the Comox Valley Schools (SD71) educator who will ensure participants receive their four G-12 course credits that this camp qualifies them for.
Meet the dream team!
Hailey is originally from Ottawa, Ontario, but moved to the west coast to form a closer connection with the ocean. Through her position at Ocean Wise, she has been able to bridge her love for the environment with her passion for working with children, building up our next youth leaders.
Hailey will be delivering lessons on the Ocean Literacy Principles, their history, importance, reach, and impact they can have on not only our youth, but for leaders world-wide.
Kate hails from Victoria and grew up exploring the intertidal zones around the Southern Gulf Islands and Victoria beaches. She now lives on Hornby Island and through her work at TBOEC finds opportunity to pursue her passion of teaching leadership skills to youth and young adults. Recently, Kate participated in UNA-Canada's Green Corps in a placement at the Centre. This was a great networking opportunity that allowed her to meet others in the lower mainland and Vancouver Island who have similar environmental interests and goals.
Kate will be facilitating programs at the Centre and is looking forward to creating a place for young women to network and find their passion for environmental stewardship.
Serina has a love for the outdoors with a passion for the oceans. She has over a decade of time logged on the water as a Level-3 sea kayak guide paddling all over Vancouver Island and Baja, Mexico. After completing an undergrad at Vancouver Island University (VIU) in History and Physical Education, she further pursued her drive to share the outdoors with others by graduating with an Education degree specializing in Outdoor Experiential Education and Environmental Science from Lake Head University in Thunder Bay, ON.
For the Ocean Literacy camp at Tribune Bay, Serina will be taking a lead on the leadership component of the camp and is thrilled to meet all the participants and share in their passion for the ocean.