Great Team = Great Summer – THX!

Crew caving at Horne Lake

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 and Sarah admire their new touch tank

Rianna and Sarah admiring the touch tanks they built themselves
Rianna wearing her "Love where you learn shirt"

Rianna, searching for native oysters in Hotham Sound

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Sarah with her and Rianna’s baby geoducks
BC Shellfish Festival Touch Tank

Emily (Sarah Behind) working a public touch tank in Comox at BC Shellfish Festival.

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Max  and visiting research Dr. Dale Leavit of Roger Williams University (Rhode Island, Maine). debate the placement of PV panels on our new raft design as part of our “solar FLUPSY” project.

Charlene shows off a newt
Charlene Forrest (working partner from Milner Gardens and Woodlands shows a newt off to visiting First Nations students.

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Stephanie hamming it up in one of our visitors rides!

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