This is a letter in praise of the youth of Bella Coola, and the SAMS and Acwsalcata staff who teach and nurture them. As the Education Coordinator for Hakai Beach Institute, a research, education, and meeting centre on Calvert Island, I have seen much in the last month to impress and hearten me.
In early May, SAMS Science teacher Sara Germain, along with chaperones Carol and Harvey Thommasen, brought twelve Grade 10 students to Hakai. In late May, Acwsalcta teachers and staff including Will Sandoval, Lindsey and Geoff Gericke, Karen Anderson, Esther Hans, and Clyde Tallio, accompanied 16 students to Hakai.
Although their weeks were different, they had many shared elements: hard working adults who were thoughtful about their educational and personal goals for their students, students who were interested and involved, and people who clearly cared about one another, and had each others’ interests at heart.
Hakai is a rich environment for youth and adults alike. The deep appreciation for the historic and current inhabitants of the Central Coast shown by owners Christina Munck and Eric Petersen contributes to a hospitable and respectful atmosphere. Remarkable biodiversity, a varied and burgeoning science and research program with scientists and university students in residence, and beautiful and accessible hiking trails and beaches all contribute to this thriving environment.
The visits of young people who show such interest in and respect for Hakai’s activities and offerings truly enrich the Institute and the people who live and work there. We are delighted that our relationships with Central Coast schools continue to grow and flourish, and look forward to many more successful (and fun!) events in coming years.
Yours sincerely,Helen MoatsHakai Beach Institute