Our little Deep Bay team celebrated our first summer at the Station with an awesome after work caving trip to Horne Lake Caves last night where we were given a tour by Operations Director Lee White. Left to right: Brian Kingzett (me), Max Meilke (VIU Welding/Renewable Energy programs grad), Julie Vandenboor (Fish/Aqua grad and our Nanaimo CSR algae support), Rianna Martindale (Fish/Aqua grad leaving us for a gap year in Australia before going back to school at VIU), Sarah Leduc (Culinary plus Fish/Aqua Grad), the awesome Charlene Forrest (Shoots with Roots instructor from Milner Gardens and Woodland) and Events Coordinator/Captain/Jack of all trades, Stephanie Richards. Missing but not forgotten, is the always smiling Emily Rigney who has already returned to third year biology.
A pretty small crew for our first summer as we get going and I am so very proud of how everyone pulled together. We ran(running) four research projects, served >2000 meals (with some outside help) at more than 60 bookings, had >1000 drop in visitors, gave seminars to more than 400 community members, ran summer camps and got a lot of work done to the station itself. A lot to be proud of. Of course we wouldn’t be anywhere without Don and the crew back home at Campus!
And a plug for Horne Lake caves! What an awesome job Richard and Lee are doing there. Our trip was a great team adventure and we highly recommend it.
Rianna, searching for native oysters in Hotham Sound
Emily (Sarah Behind) working a public touch tank in Comox at BC Shellfish Festival.