Hana and I are now into our fourth year of west-coast life here in Bamfield. It's quirky and beautiful and wild and remote.
And we love it.
and Broken Group Islands
After a couple of years as manager of the research department at BMSC, I switched roles to join Hana as a marine science educator in the Public Education Program. We spend most of our time teaching and working with grade school students, undergraduates, and families from BC and Alberta (primarily, although we sometimes welcome groups from further afield: we just said goodbye to a wonderful group of college students from Arkansas). I also help coordinate the BMSC Live program connecting schools with our internet-broadcast live labs and dives here at the Marine Sciences Centre.
The work is challenging and immensely rewarding, with lots of opportunities to learn (and teach) new things with the breathtaking Pacific Northwest as our classroom. I also get to reference HP Lovecraft on a fairly regular basis too, so that's good.
The course will run for six weeks in the final block of the summer alongside other BMSC courses such as Paleo-ecology of Marine Environments, Coastal Field Archaeology, and Coastal Biodiversity and Conservation. We're hoping for an eclectic mix of students and opportunities to bring students together from the different courses.
Both of us sit as Directors on the board of our local community school association; I also teach at the school when time permits.
Here's our cover of "Thang" by The Modeens:
We have something truly special here which deserves to flourish: students, researchers, and visitors often refer to their experiences in our unique coastal town, without hyperbole, as "life-changing".
It's a place, and life, worth celebrating.