Local residents Jim Jarvis and Al Zackodnik were recently awarded a Community Service Award at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists annual general meeting. Since 2002, these two Fort St. John engineers have enthusiastically worked together to organize the annual Popsicle-stick Bridge contest for students, because they believe that encouraging the next generation of professional engineers and geoscientists is critical to sustaining the professions for the future. This project demonstrates the value of creative thinking in preparing students for a broad range of careers the arts and science can work hand in hand to develop the minds and abilities of future community leaders.
Mr. Jarvic is a semi-retired mechanical engineer who runs a cunsulting practice and Mr. Zackodnik is a retired agricultural and bio-resources engineer who spent most of his career with the BC Government. Both men have dedicated countless hours to the community of Fort St. John, focusing on students through their involvement with the Peace River Branch of the APEGBC. Thanks to their efforts, the branch's career awareness activities reach over 900 students each year in communities as far away as Tumbler Ridge and Fort Nelson.
Congratulations Mr. Jarvis and Mr. Zackodnik on recieving this award and for your long-lasting commitment to inspiring the next generation with creative thinking and skill development.
Painting classes are coming to the ArtsPost in September. If you have ever wanted to try your hand at painting, this is a great opportunity to get started, or an opportunity to build on the skills that you already have.
Instructor Tanya Shymko will offer a variety of classes in drawing and painting for adults and children. Classes in the fall will focus on watercolour, with lessons in pastel, oil and acrylic planned for the future.
In this September's evening session, students will learn pencil drawing techniques while working on a portrait drawing of their choice, and then transition into watercolour painting while learning brush and painting techniques and colour theory. Beginners are welcome and all project supplies are included in the cost.
Tanya is also offering a series of Saturday workshops where students will paint the same picture in three different styles. Some experience in painting would be helpful for these classes.
Please see the attached brochure for more information on classes and registration.
Sands Sensations 2013 may have officially wrapped up on Friday, August 2, but some of the artists will continue working at Peace Island Park to finish off work on their sculptures that was slowed by rainy weather through the week. Children can still play in the sand pile and there are some amazing sculptures on display. Take in the World Gold Panning Championships and see the Sand Sculptures at the same time.