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General News · 10th August 2008
Judy Raddysh
As the Principal of Gulf Islands Secondary School, I know how important it is to hear about your great kids.

This summer I spent a week as a volunteer warden on Mitlenatch Island. Sadly, a seal pup had been abandoned on the beach. A small group of your wonderful Cortes teens arrived in small boats to visit the gulls and lunch on the island.

They discovered the pup and, with great compassion, had a serious discussion about what to do for the wee thing. Unfortunately, nature is not always beautiful, and these kids knew that whatever they did the pup would not see another day. They made a heartfelt decision and carried out their plan - move the seal to the water because dehydration would be a horrible way to go.

It was touching to see these young people grapple with a problem that had no good end. And, to top it off, they were some of the nicest kids to talk to. Whatever you're doing on Cortes, keep it up. Your teens are a testament to your community's care.