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Education Is Power

Click on the poster above to be taken to the Education is Power website.

Click on the poster above to be taken to the Education is Power website.

Snow to Surf: Another successful year!

Rolling deep at this years Snow to Surf!

Rolling deep at this years Snow to Surf!

Strathcona Park Lodge staff and alumni placed amazing this year.

Team: ‘Strathcona Park Lodge’ = 4th in open mens and overall
Team: ‘Camp Fire Choir” = 3rd in opens mixed 34th overall
Team: ‘Mucky Much and the Shizams’ = 4th in opens mixed and 36th overall
Team: ‘Stathcona Domination’ = 1st in juniors and 30th overall
Team: ‘Etes-Vous Pretes?’ = 3rd grandmasters woman and 60th overall

For full Snow to Surf results click here.

Snow to Surf

We are well represented again at this years Snow to Surf.  We have 5 teams from the Lodge competing and countless SPL alumni on other teams. For all SPL staff and alumni lets meet between 3:30-4:00 at the bleachers for a group photo.

Some of the Lodgies competing in the 2013 Snow to Surf.

Some of the Lodgies competing in the 2013 Snow to Surf.

Picture This! (#SPL)

stand up sea kayaking

The staff at play! Last fall a few of the staff went out to Surge Narrows off of Quadra Island and had a great time sea kayaking.

Education is Power Fundraiser

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 atdavecuddy@educationispower.org or learn more at www.educationispower.org.

Dave Cuddy in action in Africa.

Dave Cuddy in action in Africa.

Education is Power

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.

Support "Education is Power" by going to Shot in the Dark in Campbell River next Saturday night.

Support “Education is Power” by going to Shot in the Dark in Campbell River next Saturday night.

Fall 2013 Staff Photo

Fall time at the Lodge is always exciting.  School kids arrive and get to explore Vancouver Islands rivers, mountains, lakes and ocean.  One can walk around the property and fill up on fruit and berries as they come ripe and so much more.  Call 250-286-3122 for more information about the abundant activities available at the Lodge.

The fall staff of 2013.

The fall staff of 2013.

2013 Staff

We present to you the 2013 staff of Strathcona Park Lodge!

We present to you the 2013 staff of Strathcona Park Lodge!

Education is Power

Our staff at Strathcona Park Lodge(SPL) come from a variety of backgrounds and have a variety of passions.  We are very proud of the places staff go and things that past and current staff get up to.  Current Outdoor Instructor Dave Cuddy has started a non profit group called “Education is Power” which mission is to develop the potential in underprivileged East Africans who are committed to the sustainable development and natural conservation of Africa.  Come out to the Lodge Friday May 17 at 8pm to see a presentation from Dave about Education is Power.  

What: A slideshow and videos by SPL instructor Dave Cuddy on his charity project in East Africa called “Education is Power.”  The mission of Education is Power (EIP) is to develop the potential in underprivileged East Africans who are committed to the sustainable development and natural conservation of Africa.

Who: Dave Cuddy started working as an Outdoor Instructor at SPL in 2005.  In 2006 SPL made a sizeable donation to help allow Dave to go on a Canada World Youth exchange in Tanzania, Kenya and Ontario.  During this six month exchange Dave became highly impacted and inspired to help certain Kenyan youth gain a full education.  In 2008, Dave launched his charity by orgaznizing EIP’s first fundraiser in Quebec City.  SPL also made another sizeable donation in 2010 which was highly appreciated and needed by the students EIP.  Now in 2013 EIP has supported more than 20 Kenyan secondary schools, universtiy and colleges.

Why:  This would be a great chance to share the project with SPL staff and guests.  As well, it would be great to gain any fundraising ideas or networks to help Education is Power continue to be successful.

www.educationispower.org

Dave Cuddy in action with Education is Power!  Way to go DAVE!

Dave Cuddy in action with Education is Power! Way to go DAVE!

Meet the Staff (Marc Cormier)