I had been invited by Bowen Wright who you will remember donated lovely care packages for the kids at SIRC while I was in Nepal at the end of last year. I’ve known Bowen since she was a wee one, when her Mum & Dad Bonnie & Curtis with their young family moved in next door to me here on Bowen Island. Some 12 years later, I am privileged to call the Wrights my Canadian family, how lucky am I!
Bowen is a passionate young lady in a quiet and understated way and has followed my journeys to Nepal over the past few years. She even hoped to come with me on my last visit. What with the aftermath of the earthquakes and blockade, we thought it best she wait for another time to come join me in Nepal. Maybe this is the year??
But I digress, back to Bowen’s project. Bowen chose the “Fairness and Development” theme to focus on, and also chose a global context. Putting a spotlight on SIRC seemed a good fit.
Bowen had to start her planning process over 6 months ago, keeping a regular journal on her activities towards the culmination of this project. A lot of hard work and effort, that’s for sure. She interviewed me a few times on my work at SIRC and with additional research and study, she formulated her idea for her MYP Project “Care Packages for Nepal”.
Working at the local pizzeria here on the island, Bowen saved her earnings to pull together 20 care packages for the SIRC kids, which I was able deliver last December.
By the photos alone in my post back then, you can see the delight in the kids faces receiving such packages. Way to go Bowen. You did good girl xo.
All of Bowen’s hard work and effort culminated in the presentation of her project to the parents and friends of the Rockridge students the other week.
Check out a few photos of her presentation, and also the presentations of a few of her fellow students that caught my eye!
Next up is Maddy Robertson’s Writing and Illustrating a children’s educational book. It’s unusual to have the writer and illustrator be one and the same – talented! I think this book should be published.
Next up is Ashling Redmond’s mobile insulated sleeping pod designed with the homeless in mind. This is a pretty ingenious idea.
Shirah Essevia had a thought-provoking project with a theme of “Identities and Relationships”. Shirah’s artistic talents allowed her to capture and examine the eyes of family members (including the family dog!) as well as those of friends from multiple ethnic backgrounds. Although each set of eyes appear different, the actual eyeball itself is the same … a commentary on the sameness of everyone despite race, colour or creed.
There were many other really extraordinary projects, including a project on a young man’s grandfather’s role in WWII, another young man who made a surf board and another who made really beautiful furniture.
I tell ya, these young people are far talented than I ever was at their age. Wonder what contribution they will be making to this fine world we live in, in the years to come?