Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
We received a last-minute cancellation by a school group which was scheduled to sail from March 12-16. As we were considering what to do, we got an unexpected phone call from Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services asking if they could bring a group of their kids to sail with us. They had been given a government grant which had to be used by the end of March! This led to a new experience for our crew and these young people.
It was evident that the kids had a great time aboard. They were thrilled to be in a community of other deaf young people who could relate to their own experience. They want to come back, and we hope to have them do so. A filmmaker from the National Film Board of Canada came along to film and produce a documentary about the voyage, and we look forward to seeing the documentary in the future.
Limited Berths Remain in our Summer 2012 Program
There are a handful of berths remaining for young people ages 13-25 in our summer program. Trip 1 from Victoria to Desolation Sound and back has a few spots for girls left. Trip 5 along the west coast of Vancouver Island has spots for girls and boys. Trips 2, 3, and 4 are sold out, but we are taking names on a wait list in case of a cancellation. Visit www.salts.ca/coastal to explore the program and register online.
SALTS Office and Shipyard to Relocate this Summer
To make way for a large graving dock that has been proposed to be built in the location of our current facility, we are in negotiations with the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority to secure another base of shore operations for SALTS. We are constantly learning new information and so we will wait to update our members and friends until we have solidified our plans.
New Faces on the Shore Crew:
With so much happening this year, we've hired the following people to help us out:
- Bradley Bartsch is our new Director of Development
- Sjoerd Meyer is our new Relocation Manager
- Meghan Storrie is our new Shipyard Assistant