Accommodation located! Acceptance of position in SD91… But what a start! 1 last trip north to Hardy…

August 23rd… So the sbo in sd91 located accommodation for me in Burns Lake with snowbirds! Meanwhile… the forest fires around the area continued to influence the potential start of the school year… would we start on schedule? Would I have students from one of the evacuated areas working out of one of my libraries for an unknown period of time? A major trait necessary for an effective educator is to be adaptable! I would definitely draw on that this school year! All in the adventure!

I headed north to my beautiful home town of Port Hardy then through Campbell River for one last visit before my 6 month position commenced.

Nanaimo Exhibition–Prep for rural living!

Together, Mark and I made the decision to accept the District Teacher Librarian/Learning Commons Specialist position in Burns Lake for 6 months if they could locate suitable temporary housing for me.

Meanwhile…The Nanaimo Exhibition was here! Time to have fun and get more familiar with rural life 🙂 Aug 18th Here is a taste of the diverse activities we saw…From Belly Dancers to Tractor Pulls; farm animals to crazy logger shows!

Decision Time! Take the position in SD 91 or not?

Mid August 2018

We were pleasantly surprised by the beauty around Lakes Country and the lovely looking schools in Burns Lake and Decker Lake. People are so friendly here and there is a positive, supportive energy… in spite of the challenges posed by evacuation due to forest fires.

I was offered the position of District Teacher Librarian/Learning Commons Specialist in Burns Lake for 6 months.

I would be based at two schools—William Konkin Elementary and Decker Lake Elementary.  To go or not to go… that is the question? So we drove back to Vancouver Island in our ash covered Jetta to contemplate this proposal.

Checking out Burns Lake in mid August…Fires and Smoke Too Close for Comfort! :-(

(Reflecting on mid August)

After being pleasantly saturated by 11 Classic Rock concerts in 3 days at Cariboo Rocks and having a lovely visit with my brother, Mark, and Dee it was time to head west and check out Burns Lake.

An interesting specialist teaching position had appeared in my email from “Make a Future” for a District Teacher Librarian/Learning Commons Specialist in SD91. The position was only for 6 months and it involved teaching at two elementary schools evolving the libraries into Learning Commons. One school was William Konkin Elementary in Burns Lake and the other was Decker Elementary in Decker Lake.

Hmmm….The job and living close to my brother for 6 months intrigued me and called out to me at many levels. My husband Mark was so supportive, and together we decided to drive to Burns Lake and check out the community. A new adventure was waiting… but where was this place and were the fires as scary as on the news? (The answer was DEFINITELY YES!)

Driving while forest fires burned around us is not something I want to repeat in the near future. My heart pounded and I have to admit…I was SCARED! There were (and still are) signs of love and appreciation for all the fire fighters who fought each day and night to get control of these fires! Thankfully…The smoke is gone now and we can see the skies clearly once again!

Heading northward to Prince George for #Cariboorocks– 11 Rock Concerts in a weekend!

August 2018

Well ….After celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary, Mark and I took the ferry over to Vancouver then headed north through smoke and fire fighters tent cities, in my spunky new 2019 VW Jetta. En route to Prince George we saw the snowbirds practicing above us in Chilliwack and gorgeous Mt. Benson. Thank goodness for air con as the temps rose to 41 degrees C. We saw smoke from fires in several locations and sometimes couldn’t even see the rivers and lakes beside the highway.

Our goal was to attend Cariboo Rocks in Prince George. We would also be celebrating my brother, Mark’s (yes…) birthday and even check out a location I was curious about….Burns Lake, B.C. This all occurred in mid August. I’m catching up folks!!! lol

The Jetta performed beautifully. Between smokey sections the scenery of the Fraser Valley & Thompson-Nicola & Cariboo was gorgeous! Then we arrived for the first of 3 nights of Classic Rock concerts #Cariboorocks! Let the rock and roll begin!

Wildlife in our North Nanaimo Yard!


So…I’m learning about this blog business…I just figured out how to make a collage of photos or a photo gallery within a post! Wahoo! 🙂

I can’t seem to see all the lovely photos of our wildlife that I posted last time, so I’m going to subdivide the previous post and concentrate on just this topic. Oh how I miss these lovely creatures from home, but I’m looking forward to viewing some new types of creatures up here!

Precursors to my Adventure ….Moving from Port Hardy to Nanaimo. Nanaimo renos Phase 1! Sept 2017

So I said good-bye to Duval Ave in Port Hardy and hello to our home in North Nanaimo. Mark and I started plans to transform/update the house and yard. Decisions. Decisions! I’m still in awe at all the wildlife we see in our yard here…From deer, raccoons, quail, varieties of songbirds and birds of prey…to the strange and bizarre frogs, insects and varieties of garter snakes. Here are a few photos to show beginning renos . Continue reading “Precursors to my Adventure ….Moving from Port Hardy to Nanaimo. Nanaimo renos Phase 1! Sept 2017”