It’s my first day of class at Capilano University in the School of Communication. I am excited for many reasons – not just because it’s the first day.
I have to commend the University for the warm welcome they gave us, first year students last week at our Student Orientations – the Welcome Ceremony (which I wrote about in a separate post) and our Faculty Orientation.
I decided to go back to school because of a colleague’s suggestion that I take some Social Media courses at Cap U after he saw how passionate I am about Instagram. I completed 4 out of 5 courses I need for the Award of Achievement in the Applied Digital Communications & Social Media program. I will be taking the final course in November at the Historic Shipyards in North Vancouver, BC.
Capliano University is opening a second campus at the Shipyards in early November and I will be taking Writing Effective Web Content. How appropriate! Haha …
The original name of the Shipyards was Wallace Shipyard and was opened in 1906. Alfred Wallace’s shipyard became “… the largest employer of shipyard labour in BC. During the war it produced 109 of the 312 ‘Victory Ships’ in Canada. Entire subdivisions were created in North Vancouver to house the workforce. The Shipyard’s contribution to the war effort was so significant that at the end of World War II, Clarence Wallace was decorated as “Commander of the British Empire”. – www.cnv.org
I feel fortunate and grateful to be able to attend a class at a location so rich in North Vancouver and Western Canadian History. As I get older, my pride in being Canadian has grown. This year when my Mom, Mako and I attended the Canada Day parade in North Vancouver my eyes welled up with tears.
One of my favourite places to travel to locally is Tofino, BC. I feel a connection to the land. It is a spiritual connection…
1) There is a tranquility there that is calming, restorative, and balancing.
Three years ago Tofino called my name to come back. And I did. I booked a reservation at my favourite resort, Tin Wis Best Western. Tin Wis means calm water. The name is so fitting because it was so relaxing and for me and probably for all their guests that stay there.
2) It’s a magical experience–you get to experience nature 360 degrees around you and see the BEST SUNSETS ever!
All 85 rooms of the resort face Mackenzie Beach. Every single room has a beach view! This is what the front desk told me the first time I made a reservation.
3) There is a lot of fresh seafood! OMG and it’s sooo good. My Mom and I went to the Schooner and not only had the yummiest nom-noms BUT ALSO received the best customer service! Their Island Mussels & Clam bowl (seafood chowder) stayed hot until the last spoonful! I was very impressed. If you visit Tofino you MUST GO to the Schooner Restaurant.
4) There a lot of art galleries to visit that demonstrate the rich Indigenous History. One of the artists that “spoke to me” is Jack Willoughby. I first saw his art at the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, BC (less than 5 hours south of Tofino). The first piece of his that resonated with me was a Tree of Life. I kicked myself for not buying it but years later I bought his “Hook Windswept” at the Spirit Gallery in Horseshoe Bay.
5) You can cross off learning how to surf off your bucket list! I did the first time I went to Tofino at Surf Sister.
Writing about it now, I know I have to go back SOON! I think she may be calling my name again BUT this time I think I’m calling Tofino.
Thank you so much everyone for registering for Fashion INVESTIGATOR INC. As a special thank you I am sending everyone who registered our very first E-Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 1. I have sent it to the email that you supplied us to register for our site.
The overwhelming response has been wonderful and means so much to us.
One of the features in our E-Newsletter is looking chic on a budget. I love shopping and I especially love shopping at thrift stores. Some of my favourites are; Clothes For Change in North Vancouver, BC and SOS BC Thrift store In Steveston, BC.
I was introduced to thrifting by my Mom (capitalized to show my respect), Mako. She introduced me to all the best things in my life today: yoga, being a foodie, and a good skincare routine (one of my next features).
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