Written on August 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm, by Scott
Written on June 28, 2013 at 8:30 am, by Scott
KAREN SCHWALM 1981
Education has always been very important to me and it seems that you never stop learning. My educational background includes having obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Michigan Technological University, followed by work on a M.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, Alaska.
This kindled my love of the Arctic and polar climates. After moving to BC I completed the Simon Fraser University PDP teacher education program in 1973, and taught Secondary School in Prince Rupert, BC. That’s when I first heard of the Apprenticeship in Wilderness Leadership at Strathcona. Determined to be a scientist, I worked as a Chemist doing geochemistry assay and heavy metal analysis. I obtained a chemist position for Arctic Laboratories in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. The north was fascinating; I wanted to get out in the field to collect the samples I was analyzing. Alas, I wasn’t allowed on any expeditions into the field, where polar bear monitors with guns watched as the samples were collected, because I didn’t have enough Outdoor Skills. My then boyfriend, Nils Vikander, the Cross Country Ski Coach for the NWT, suggested that we go to Strathcona Park Lodge Outdoor Education Centre to attend the Apprenticeship in Wilderness Leadership program to get the outdoor skills, which included
Survival Skills, that would enable me to work in the field. He had the summer off and wished to expand his outdoor set of skills and we could do it together. Perfect, the outdoors and science were coming together. Read more
Written on June 21, 2013 at 8:30 am, by Scott
BUNNY SHANNON AND CLARK MUNRO
Bunny and Clark met at the Lodge and have been together ever since. They live in Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island. Clark has an oyster lease and Bunny just retired after many years as a trustee with the Courtenay school board. When she was at the Lodge, Bunny was known for her inspired cooking. In Bunny’s own words: “One of my favourite memories as kitchen staff took place as soon as the school groups left the dining room and kitchen and headed off for the afternoon’s activities. We would turn on the music, usually Pied Piper or Peter Gabriel, and dance on the tables before we would begin the final clean-up.” Bunny was a caring, creative and talented character who spent a great deal of time and energy preparing food that was appetizing, appealing, nourishing, and even entertaining for the rest of the community. Along with her co-worker, Lucy Alderson, they collected some favourite recipes, many of which we still use.
Cream of Broccoli Soup the Way Bunny Makes It
- 4 T butter
- 2 cups chopped onion 2 stalk chopped celery 4 cloves garlic
- Sauté together.
- Add 1⁄2 cup flour, brown lightly.
- Add 6 cups of milk gradually. Stirring constantly,
- 1 bay leaf
- pinch of all spice
- black pepper
- Worcestershire sauce, to taste basil
- Add 5 cups chopped, cooked broccoli. Simmer briefly and serve. Nourishes six.
Written on June 7, 2013 at 8:30 am, by Scott
SUE HELLARD AND DOUG PATERSON 1977
Jim Boulding—My Mentor
When I think of Jim Boulding I remember someone who believed in me. His gruff voice saying “You can do it” made me take a big gulp and then just go do it. He was right, I could do it! My confidence started to soar. I found myself running white- water rivers with joy, and leading groups to the west coast on my own. I was filled with an exuberance for life as I did these things! The skills to make this possible were learned at the Lodge so I was confident in the knowledge that I could take on these challenges safely and responsibly.
There were of course memorable moments….Escalante was and is heaven for me, with the beauty and the power of the west coast. I treasure the skills and learning I received from all the resource people who came out on the trips.
Thanks to Hilary Stewart for sharing love and respect for plants and how to use them, cedar especially. I still love to weave baskets every year when we are at Escalante.
Thanks to Ray Williams at Nootka for stories of the trickster of the west coast as we sat in a sweat Lodge. Read more