Written on October 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm, by Scott
Written on October 18, 2013 at 8:30 am, by Scott
By Hilary Stewart
Jim Boulding was pitch sticks & lighting fires in the rain
And a film on hypothermia –
Jim was a Zodiak & a tin boat roaring down
Muchalat Inlet out to the pacific & on to Escalante –
Jim was buzz-bombs and salmon dinners at the
camp & late night saunas on the sand amid loud laughter,
raucous song & icy dips in the ocean –
Jim was apples & oranges & respect for the Indians at Friendly Cove –
Jim was Nanaimo bars and a mountain of gear On the U chuck & laugher all the way back to the Lodge –
Jim was teaching & caring &learning; observing and thinking & crating. And fighting –
Jim was opportunity & impossible dreams made real for himself & others –
Jim was many things to many people, & the people and the land are richer because this mountain of man cared. And shared.
Jim was a celebration of life
Written on October 11, 2013 at 8:30 am, by Scott
ISOBEL SPRINGETT 1965
The Springett Family arrived from England and got a job managing the Lodge. Joan and Walter had two boys and two girls, one of whom was Isobel Springett, who was eight at the time. She is now a well-known photographer. Isobel liked this area so much that she now lives in the Comox Valley.
One night we were awakened by my brother shouting “there’s a cougar in the basement!” We all scrambled into our clothes and headed to the back of the Lodge. The basement was really a storage area located on the lower level at the rear of the building. My father and one of my brothers crept very slowly towards the open door, a 2 x 4 and gun in hand not quite sure what they were going to find. As they got closer they could see something large looming in the doorway. “Maybe it’s a bear” my brother whispered. By now they could hear the uninvited guest rummaging through the gas cans and firewood stored there. Suddenly something large and quite round appeared to be coming slowly towards them. As it advanced my brother suddenly realized what they were looking at. “It’s one of the bloody horses!” he exclaimed in a very annoyed voice. Apparently someone had left the door open and Gypsy, a big pinto, had decided to investigate even though there was not really enough room for a horse in the human-sized doorway. By now Gypsy had decided to head back in and had planted himself firmly in the doorway. My father and brother tried coaxing him with words promising treats and pats. Of course being a horse this went in one ear and out the other. By now they were getting quite annoyed. It was three in the morning and the Lodge would be waking up in a couple of hours. My dad picked up a stick and started swatting him on the ‘arse’ as he called that part of the anatomy. Read more
Written on October 8, 2013 at 10:41 pm, by Scott
Education is Power (EIP), an East African charity registered in Canada, is run by Dave Cuddy, Outdoor Educator at Strathcona Park Lodge since 2005. He founded the organization in 2008 after his experience in the Canada World Youth Program. He continues to run the organization as a volunteer through a network of volunteers and no administration costs.
“I am so grateful for all the support from Strathcona Park Lodge towards Education is Power. Back in 2006, Strathcona Park Lodge donated a large portion of funds that I had to raise to go on my Canada World Youth exchange which allowed me to start this whole project!” says Dave.
At 7pm on Saturday, October 12th at Shot in the Dark Café in Campbell River don’t miss the Education is Power Fundraiser Extravaganza. Come support EIP, check out great local artists, perform on the Open Mic and engage in the presentation. Performing artists include Shane Philip (Winner of Vancouver Island Music Award’s Best Live Act), Helen Austin and Daisy (Helen was the winner of the International Song Writing Competition and a Juno Finalist in 2013), Judy & Bruce (Acoustic duo from the Comox Valley), Kyell Erickson (Carhi 2013 Alumnus), and DJ Marcel Marechal. Entrance is by donation.
All proceeds go directly to help disadvantaged African leaders study at African schools, with the end goal of using their education to help their community develop sustainably. Education is Power has supported 25 students to date and there are many more students on the waiting list in need of funding. The target for the fundraiser is $1700, which is the same amount it costs for one year of university tuition in Kenya and it is also the amount that was raised at EIP’s fundraiser in Kenya last February. This was an astounding support from locals who contributed greatly in comparison to the average salary of $1.50 per day in Kenya. Dave Cuddy organized that event with other Kenyans involved in EIP. He will do a talk with pictures and video at the October 12thfundraiser.
Cuddy is also calling out to teachers in the region to take on the project with their students and support an EIP student while also having Skype meetings with that same student they raise money for. He is available to do talks with pictures and videos up until November 10th this year or next spring when he returns from his fourth trip to East Africa. He can be contacted firstname.lastname@example.org or learn more at www.educationispower.org.
Written on October 5, 2013 at 5:50 pm, by Scott
Dave Cuddy is one of our instructors who has started a non-profit called “Education is Power.” His goal is to put people through high school or university in Africa. 100% of the proceeds he fundraises goes directly to the people(s) in Africa to assist them in getting through school.
Last night we held a fundraiser and movie premier where we raised over $700. To get a perspective on how far $700 will go in Africa it cost $140 for one year of high school or $1,700 for a year of University for one student. Read more about Education is Power below.
“Education is Power” mission is:
Through education, we are dedicated to develop the potential in underprivileged East Africans who are committed to the sustainable development and natural conservation of Africa.
We achieve this through providing education opportunities to East Africans at East African secondary and post-secondary institutions.