So far my experience as an NYA participant has been brilliant. My buddy Mary, from Sanikiluaq, and I were placed in Campbell River, BC. My host mother Debbie is so funny and such a welcoming person. She has a dog, a chocolate lab, named Buddy. So far, Debbie took my buddy and I to Victoria for the weekend and we actually had a chance to meet up with Chantel and Nikki. We had a great time with them. We went swimming and went to the Mayfair Mall. Also, when we were on our way back to Campbell River from Victoria Debbie took us to go zip lining. It was awesome. Mary and I have also went to Port Alberni and Tafino. When we were in Tafino we went to the Long Beach. It was so beautiful and so hot.
I work at Laichwiltach Family Life Society and lately I’ve been learning a lot about First Nations culture and I think it’s very interesting. At my work placement my responsibilities and duties are acting as a kid’s camp leader to make sure the kids are playing safe and being nice to each other. I get different kids every two weeks and now I’m on my second round.
My time in the south has been going so fast. I’m having so much fun at my work placement and learning a lot about First Nation culture. I have also met a few people that I can play basketball and just hangout with.