International school idea for Parksville on the back burner

District focusing more on the Canadian Ambassador Program

A proposed International school for Parksville is in a “go-slow phase,” while the ambassador program and the first conference of the related foundation go ahead.

School District 69 superintendent Rollie Koop said they are still working on an international academy with the Vancouver-based private investment company Wetegrity for the former Parksville Elementary site, but they are more focused on the “Canadian Ambassador Program.”

He said they hope to have an ambassador website up any day, they have three international recruiting trips in the works and hope to have the program up and running early in the new year. The idea is to bring together 15 local students and 15 international students to visit universities across the country with the hope that international students will choose to study post-secondary in Canada.

Koop has described it as a “classroom moving across the country.” It will cost domestic students $1,500 and international students $35,000 and they will earn graduation credits.

Meanwhile the international investors in Wetegrity have formed the International Sustainability Education Foundation which is hosting a conference at the Beach Club in Parksville tonight and tomorrow (Oct. 2-3).

Local residents are invited to the free event called ‘Sustainability of Small Communities: Why and How’ full of informative panels and talks on small town sustainability and development.

Guests include Parksville mayor Chris Burger, Whistler Blackcomb’s Arthur DeJong, past president of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities Dr. Nola-Kate Seymoar and Dr. Maged Senbel, an associate professor at the UBC School Of Community and Regional Planning.

The conference starts tonight at 7 p.m. and continues through tomorrow.

Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainability-of-small-communities-why-and-how-tickets-12481040127 or RSVP at info@sustainabilityeducation.ca. Visit www.sustainabilityeducation.ca/events–publications.html or e-mail for more information.

Just Posted

Public input sought on proposed cannabis retail store in Coombs

Application to be reviewed by Regional District of Nanaimo

Two nature-inspired artists display oil paintings at Qualicum gallery

Judy Maxwell and Lloyd Major depict scenes of wildlife, landscapes and the west coast

Parksville seniors getting stronger with age

Weightlifting couple qualify to compete at Worlds Masters in Montreal in August

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Horse fulfills dying B.C. woman’s last wish

Moog and Friends Hospice House staff and volunteers co-ordinate a special moment for a patient

Research needs to catch up with B.C.’s gas drilling industry, experts say

Hydraulic fracturing review ordered by Premier John Horgan

Father thanks B.C. Mountie for shooting hoops with kids, ‘changing perspectives’

‘We’re just like everyone else,’ says Surrey officer who stopped to play basketball with kids

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Victim succumbs to injuries suffered in Campbell River hit and run

The female pedestrian that was struck in a hit and run on… Continue reading

Trans Mountain court hearing: B.C. says it won’t reject pipelines without cause

Canada says the proposed amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act must be struck down

Carfentanil found in 15% of overdose deaths in January: B.C. coroner

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than illicit fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants

UPDATE: Missing Nanaimo mountain biker found safe

A search and rescue operation happened near Doumont Hill on Tuesday, March 19

Most Read