General News · 18th June 2019
The Board of the Forest Trust for the Children of Cortes Island Society recently honoured several youth as Children’s Forest Ambassadors at a campfire graduation ceremony. A number of youth who took active leadership roles over the last several years in our annual bioblitz, monthly nature study days, and theatre programs are moving on to attend school off island or to embark on adventures elsewhere.
Four ‘alumni’, who are now pursuing post-secondary school studies, joined the 2019 Bioblitz tribe to share their stories of the Children’s Forest. Alma Huskonen, Kai Harvey, Kiera Tsakonas & Liam Baron Preston read passages from their contributions to the ‘Forest Alphabet’ book, written 2010, and inspired the younger youth with their reflections on the importance of the Children’s Forest project in their lives.
The Children’s Forest Board extends their deep appreciation and thanks to the new cohort of Children’s Forest Ambassadors: Tosh & Asha Harvey, Ilo & Makawi Biela, Laara Huuskonen, Katie Wheeler, Josh Fletcher, Mira Andrews, Lily Andrews, Lilly Allen, Angus Ellingsen, Kaysha MacKenzie, Sofia Nybidia, Maria Francis, Theo & Govind Baskin, Seamus Summers, Nola McPhail and Bella Meredith-Dromoter.
The Board also thanks Sabina for her vision, passion and leadership in laying the foundation of our annual bioblitz. Sabina will be taking a sabbatical next year. However, the Board and active families are committed to an annual bioblitz, so stay tuned for a 2020 announcement.
“V is for voice…our very valuable voice in speaking for the forest – vital, vigilant and victorious.”
The Children’s Forest torch was passed onto the next generation of bright-eyed, eager, short-legged children.
“Z is for zeal … and that’s how we feel about protecting our forests forever.”
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