The Stories That Brought You Here
Episode 45 - Steve Dunsmuir

Episode 45 - Steve Dunsmuir

April 24, 2021

In 2015, Steve Dunsmuir began teaching an outdoor education program to a group of elementary school students on the island. The Pender Ecological Education Class (PEEC), engaged in many incredible learning adventures with Steve at the helm. He discusses aspects of those five years when he led local students through amazing creative experiences.

Steve's teaching career started in the Peace River Region. After working for 20 years there, he was hired as the principle of the school on neighbouring Saturna Island. It was there, he created the Saturna Ecological Education Centre (SEEC). A program for high school students, who lived in funky cabins in the woods and enjoyed an alternative place-based approach to learning. He will discuss at length those experiences, plus his passion for writing, the outdoors and so much more in an informative and open conversation with this educational innovator. 

Episode 44 - Linda Wein

Episode 44 - Linda Wein

April 11, 2021

In this episode, Linda describes what it was like growing up on Pender Island in the fifties and sixties. She will share how those experience shaped her and many fascinating details about what life was like on the island at that time. Linda will also explain how she got involved in the hardware store business, what owning a farm is like and how she met her husband, Don. Come along for this deep dive into Pender history as Linda describes her family's length connection to the island, along with much more.

Pender Island Nature Series - Arbutus Tree

Pender Island Nature Series - Arbutus Tree

April 1, 2021

In this episode, I speak to an Arbutus Tree from Greenburn Lake. In this wide-ranging conversation, Arbutus opens up about the experience of being rooted in a single place it's whole life. The connections it shares with the land, wildlife and people of the area. Plus, so much more in this delightful interview with a beloved member of our island.

Southern Gulf Islands Grandparent Storytelling Series - John Pender from Pender Island

Southern Gulf Islands Grandparent Storytelling Series - John Pender from Pender Island

February 16, 2021

In the summer of 1963, John went on a trip with his family to South Pender Island to stay with his aunt, Bea Freeman. For a twelve-year-old boy, it was an adventurous summer exploring the outdoors while swimming, fishing and rowing. However, it was during the last week of that trip that things really got interesting. That week, John made a new friend and a magical time ensued.

Southern Gulf Islands Grandparent Storytelling Series - Mary Jones from Saturna Island

Southern Gulf Islands Grandparent Storytelling Series - Mary Jones from Saturna Island

February 16, 2021

In 1944, when Mary was six years old, her family moved from Los Angeles to a log cabin on Saturna Island. She and her and younger brother, John, grew up experiencing what island life was like at that time, including riding horses to school, interacting with nature, the realities of emergencies involved in isolated living and many other fascinating details that Mary recounts in this story.

Southern Gulf Islands Grandparent Storytelling Series - Brian Crumblehulme from Mayne Island

Southern Gulf Islands Grandparent Storytelling Series - Brian Crumblehulme from Mayne Island

February 16, 2021

In the spring of 2013, the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Judith Guichon, visited Mayne Island. Brian was asked to organize events and escort her for the nine-hour tour of the island. Members of the community came together to create a very memorable time for her. This is Brian's story of that day, which he has titled, 'The Visit'.

Southern Gulf Islands Grandparent Storytelling Series - Carol Guin from Galiano Island

Southern Gulf Islands Grandparent Storytelling Series - Carol Guin from Galiano Island

February 16, 2021

When Carol was sixty years old, she decided to get her motorcycle licence. Just a couple of months later, she rode her 250cc motorbike from Ottawa to Galiano Island to visit her daughter. Carol describes what that journey was like and the experiences she had on Galiano island upon arriving. 

Pender Island Nature Series - Roe Lake

Pender Island Nature Series - Roe Lake

December 21, 2020

What does Roe Lake sound like in the hour before sunrise, on the longest day of the year? From the morning silence, a trickle of birdsongs slowly begins to flow, then builds to a crescendo, before ending with the majestic descending rhythm of nature. Please enjoy this field recording that begins at 4 am on June 21, 2020 and hear what Roe Lake has to say.

 

Episode 43 - Barbara Pender

Episode 43 - Barbara Pender

October 4, 2020

In this episode, Barb will speak about her family's lengthy history on the island and how deeply important her visits to Pender were as a young girl. She will also describe her many recent walking adventures, her involvement in the creation of Solstice theatre and give some insight into her time working at the Pender Island Medical Clinic over the past twelve years. All that and much more in a fun chat that was incredibly enjoyable to do. Thanks, Barb.

Our Unique Times Vol. 1 with Paul Widdershoven, Emma Cale, Mathew Des Roches and Niki Roberts

Our Unique Times Vol. 1 with Paul Widdershoven, Emma Cale, Mathew Des Roches and Niki Roberts

June 27, 2020

Straight up, what a crazy time it has been the last few months. There are so many emotions, worries, thoughts and ideas I've had since the inception of this altered reality. At the start of it, I wondered how I would like to participate in the world with meaning and carry an authentic expression of myself. I personally believe that we are truly the creators of our reality, so how can I help create the world that I would like to live in? The first extended effort in that direction was putting energy into making multiple phone calls every day from late March through much of April. I started checking in on people I have not spoken to in years, good friends, acquaintances on the island I've never called before, my Mom...a lot, family and others. This gave me some focus, peace and joy during those uncertain times. Every call without exception held a deep connection. This shared strangeness we experienced led to a pealing back of layers for myself and the person I was speaking with. Very magical these conversations were.

 

As the world has been going back to something resembling what was before, I've asked myself what can I now do to be the change in the world I want to see? The conclusions have been obvious and undeniable. One of them is to take action on what I feel is important. Something that I feel is very significant right now is to help give voice to some people on our island to allow them to express their wisdom, creativity, thoughts and feelings. True expression of ourselves and bearing witness to it by listening, I believe, is a purposeful way to strengthen the bridge of connection we all share. We are surrounded on this island by amazing people, with amazing perspectives. Why not be amazed by witnessing each other's humanity, uniqueness and similarities during these challenging times?

 

What you will hear in this podcast is a compilation of people answering four questions relating to their individual experience over the past few months. I asked people wanting to participate in these recordings to try to dig deep to truly share themselves. To my great appreciation they did. The question are as follows:

 

-Where have you been putting your love?

-What have been the significant challenges you've had to face?
-What is your dream vision for the future?

-Plus, a question for the interviewee to formulate and answer themselves.

 

All these recording were done outdoors at various locations so the sounds of cars, birds, airplanes, wind chimes, generators, the ocean and wind all make guest appearances as well. Beautiful.

My thanks to Paul Widdershoven, Emma Cale, Mathew Des Roches and Niki Roberts for their participation on the first of this series.

Enjoy.

 

                                       

 

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