Posts Written OnOctober 2016

A dozen or so years ago now, Jordanna Holmes was taking some business courses at North Island College in Campbell River and trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life – a typical thing for a woman in her early 20s to be doing – when a friend of the family had a secretary taking leave and asked her to help out around the office a bit for a few months. That office was Cunningham & Rivard Appraisals. She took the job as a means of making a few extra bucks and getting some experience in an…

At 12-years-old Chantelle Bartsch had four gerbils that very quickly grew into around 30 gerbils. That was a bit too many for her parents to handle so Bartsch traded them in at the pet store for two turtles, Leonardo and Donatello. From there her fascination with turtles began. She wore out the National Geographic tape at the library because she watched it so many times. “It was the whole cycle of the baby sea turtle through to adulthood,” she remembered. By age 13 Bartsch knew everything she could possibly know about sea turtles and she swore to herself that when she…

Michael Duncan has had a remarkable life. The 82 year-old has danced for the Queen of England. He’s been a forest ranger in Northern Ontario. He’s lived homeless on the streets to research unemployment issues for a book – one of over 16 he has written and published. He’s crashed a biplane. He’s started a theatre school. He’s curated museums. He’s an award-winning artist who has owned seven art galleries. He’s taught both martial arts – he actually had a martial arts television show back in the 1970s – and creative writing courses and he’s always volunteered for numerous boards of directors and…

Roger McDonell sees his life as having come full circle. A love for orca or killer whales inspired him to come out to the West Coast from Manitoba in 1978. Afterwards he worked in radio, community development, freelance photography, served a term as mayor of Campbell River, returned to videography and photography before having a boat built and buying into a whale watching tour company. “It’s kind of a big circle, I guess,” McDonell says. “Living in Manitoba, I read an article about killer whales,” he says. “Here it is, years later, I am out spending day after day with…

Laurel Sliskovic has always been one to put community first. As president of the city’s Young Professionals group, she’s able to fulfill that passion. Formed in July of 2012, the Young Professionals of Campbell River (YPCR) brings enthusiastic, community-minded workers together to network, share ideas, foster professional development and reach out to the community. “It’s a nice organization to be a part of for so many reasons,” Sliskovic says, particularly because of the diversity of members from across the community and their big hearts. The organization firmly believes in supporting its community.  The YPCR hosts an annual gala for members…