Trent Ernst, Editor
The Tumbler Ridge Secondary School Fish Farm lives to swim another day. Or year, as it were.
The program, which has survived the last couple years on determination and grit, and some well-timed support from local businesses and the passionate support local parent advisory council, was presented a grant from the Province of British Columbia when Education Minister and local MLA Mike Bernier was in town on April 21.
The donation, while presented by the Minister of Education, came from former Minister of Education Peter Fassbender, who is now Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, and was arranged by the local Parent Advisory Council.
The funding is a one-time contribution towards the operation and maintenance of the fish farm, which teacher Mark Deeley has been running for the last two years.
In presenting the cheque, Education Minister Mike Bernier says he’s been on a whirlwind tour of schools across the province. “In every school, there’s always one program that is unique,” he says. “This is yours. The Tumbler Ridge Secondary School Fish Farm project is an amazing initiative that provides an extraordinary learning experience for the students. This course provides them with the opportunity to learn valuable life skills and their application in real situations.
“It is the passion and vision of teacher Mark Deeley and the assistance by so many including the School District, Administration, staff and the PAC group of the high school, parents and community members that make this program possible. I hope to see this program run for many years to come.”