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General News · 5th June 2016
Mary Lavelle
We are proud to announce that Alma Huuskonen has been accepted by Pearson College UWC from 2016-2018! Alma is one of three BC youth who were accepted this year. Pearson College chooses students based on merit: academics, service and leadership.

Thank you to the Cortes community for helping us raise such a great young person!

Alma has lived here from the age of four, when she began her education in the Cortes Island Playschool. How she loved her time there! She then went on to attend Linnaea School. There, she had the benefit of having many brilliant teachers who encouraged her to achieve her goals. After Linnaea’s closure, Alma registered with SelfDesign and spent the next six years as a home learner. She did so many excellent things in this time. Lakehouse Learning, a democratic school program where the children decide how, what, and when they learn, was among the programs she attended. Alma studied math and science with Rex, art with Lisa, pottery with Terri, biology with Sabina, along with doing radio shows, Lake and Stream Keepers, first aid, Children’s Forest Trust… Alma also had the opportunity to volunteer at many places. She volunteered at the Co-op café (where she later became a barista), the Old Schoolhouse Art Gallery, the Cortes School (helping with stream ecology), and Adventures in Leadership.

Then came high school, and Alma enrolled in SelfDesign High and began two years of doing online high school courses. She learned to self motivate and how to learn independently. She joined the WildEarth program to fulfill part of her curriculum and has been going on amazing trips all over BC studying biology, geology, leadership, eco tourism, fitness, and lots of other interesting things.

She applied to Pearson in November of 2015, and was accepted in May. She received a large scholarship, but we are still being asked to pay $10,000 per year. This money is needed up front by August, and we are asking for support in making this happen. We have set up an online fundraising campaign where anyone can donate. All help is appreciated, whether you’re donating or helping spread the word.

A huge thank you to everyone in this community. Together, we raise wonderful youth.

Helping Alma achieve her goals will benefit all of us in the long run. Let’s send this kid to school!

Link to online fundraiser:

If you’d like to donate but would prefer not to do so online, you can contact Mary Lavelle by email (below) or phone (250-935-0235)