The commute to work at North Shuswap School on Fridays is a special one for StrongStart Educator Christy Konschuh.
Konschuh, who is the early childhood educator at SD83’s Sorrento, Carlin, Falkland, and North Shuswap StrongStart programs, found that she was getting a little tired of the driving and decided to do something about it!
“I had been noticing road weariness as my commute for StrongStart from Salmon Arm takes me to Sorrento, Carlin, Falkland, and North Shuswap. After relocating from Haida Gwaii to the land of the Shuswap people, I recognized my draw to the lake and found an opportunity.”
Using a local news bulletin, she inquired about borrowing a vessel that someone might have in the Blind Bay area. “The response was thrilling,” she added.
She made arrangements to borrow a kayak from Charlotte Maurice of Anglemont Marina and connected with the Cudmore family who let her launch the kayak from their place each Friday. “I looked across the lake towards Celista and away I went in their little blue kayak. The moment I put in to the water it was like a hug, a favourite pair of socks, or that light, euphoric feeling after laughing with a friend. Being on the water that connects so many people in this part of the province feels likes an immense privilege.”
Konschuh added that she checks in with Charlotte about the weather and, mostly, to chat about how great it is to be on the lake. “Even if it is just for a leisurely 40 minutes each week. The buoyancy that this little paddle brings to my day is irreplaceable. I get to lift the boat ashore and greet the families who attend StrongStart through North Shuswap Elementary School.”
“It has been such a pleasure and I am grateful to the Cudmore family for the weekly use of their dock as well as to School District 83 for extending the StrongStart program to North Shuswap.”