Archive for the ‘Youth’ Category

ARCH (Association of Rural Community Halls) has received funding for a summer position through the Jobs For Youth program. The position would be based in North Milton, but some of the work could be done at home. For more details on this opportunity and for instructions on applying, please visit Work PEI.ca – link here

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Lori and Ivan Perry donate a lending library to Murchison Place Park – pictured here are Lori, Ivan and Mayor Hilda Colodey

Lori and Ivan Perry have built and donated a library to Murchison Place Park, using materials donated by Wood Millers on the Meadowbank Road. The library is located within the gazebo and features a selection of books for children and adults. Visitors are welcome to enjoy some reading within the park or to take a book home. Community members can donate books to the library. What a great gesture of community spirit. Thank you, Lori and Ivan.

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On the day of Prince Phillip’s funeral, we repost earlier stories where we featured Clyde River recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards: Tanner Brine, Aiden Brine and Cedric Stead. For others in Clyde River who have received a Duke of Edinburgh Award, we welcome you to leave a comment below and tell us a bit about what you did to receive this award and your award ceremony.

Brine boys meet Prince Edward

Aiden Brine received his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award in 2012. To earn a Duke of Edinburgh Award is wonderful at the bronze, silver or gold level and several Clyde River youth have already had that honor. At the highest level, gold, youth can choose how and where they receive the award.

For the Brine family in Clyde River, the chance to go to Ottawa to have Prince Edward present Tanner and Aiden with their gold Duke of Edinburgh Award was a wonderful opportunity.

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, established the Award, and 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the program in Canada. On September 12, 2012, Prince Edward, the future Duke of Edinburgh, came to Ottawa for a ceremony to kick off the anniversary year and to present Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Tanner and Aiden Brine were among the 130 Canadian youth recipients. Even though Tanner had just started his fourth year at Mt. Alison University and Aiden had just started attending Acadia University, their parents, Marie and Bruce Brine, accompanied them to Ottawa for what Tanner and Aiden Brine describe as an incredible experience.

The award ceremony took place on the 4th floor of the Ottawa Convention Centre. The room had glass outer walls so the Peace Tower and Chateau Laurier were part of the backdrop. Tanner and Aiden said Prince Edward was remarkable; classy, warm, well spoken and he gave lots of time to the young people. The recipients were seated in small groups with family behind. The Prince visited each one for their presentation and a chat and then turned to congratulate the parents. The Brine family thought this was a wonderful gesture, and the whole experience felt quite intimate.

The objective of the award program is to encourage personal and community development among youth ages 14-25. The youth at Bluefield Senior High and East Wiltshire Intermediate have been very active with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Program for some years now with several advancing to the gold level. This award recognizes a proven record of intensive volunteering and community involvement, physical activity, overcoming outdoor challenges and developing life skills. Participants say it teaches personal discipline, social consciousness and self-reliance.

Both Brine boys strongly endorse the program as a great way for young people to help others, learn new skills, stay active and stretch the limits of their personal abilities. Others, like the Ross, Wood, and Richards families would agree.

Clyde River has greatly benefited from Tanner and Aiden’s help. These volunteer efforts helped them achieve bronze, silver and gold status and helped community development for Clyde River. Just a few examples are given in this article. When the apple pie fundraisers were held, Tanner and Aiden were always there to help. Their willingness and skill to help with all stages of the process were very much appreciated. Likewise Tanner and Aiden helped create Murchison Place Park and with annual clean up ever since the park opened in 2007.

While in high school, Tanner organized a birdhouse competition working with Bluefield art and carpentry students. These birdhouses added to the attractions at Murchison Place Park when it opened in 2007 and still do today. In recognition for his leadership, Tanner received a Canadian Youth Award on Canada Day of that year. Tanner was unable to be present to accept that award as he was off doing a wilderness canoe trip in northern Quebec.

Aiden was depended on even more when Tanner went to university, and whenever he was asked to help, he would respond willingly and independently set off to complete a task. In 2010, at a Youth Inspires Seniors forum, Aiden gave an inspiring talk on his own wilderness canoe adventure. Aiden took a leadership role at Bluefield High where he served as Student Council President in his graduation year. As part of this role, Aiden worked closely with Habitat for Humanity and the students built a home on site for Habitat.

Other sources such as teachers, sport leaders and friends could more completely describe the work and dedication that led to Tanner and Aiden’s achievement of a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, but from the community of Clyde River, all we can say is “congratulations and thank you for your years of help. You are an inspiration to youth as well as to the adults of this community and we are proud of both of you.”

Cedric Stead, son of Steven and Lisa Stead was presented with a Bronze – Duke of Edinburgh Award in 2016.

He is shown here being presented with the Award by Lt. Gov. Frank Lewis. (Photo credit: Brian Simpson)


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The recreation reimbursement amount has doubled this year thanks to assistance from the PEI Government COVID-19 Restart Assistance Fund. The annual reimbursement is calculated at $60 per activity/child to a maximum of $120/child. Children must be 18 years or younger and a resident of the Municipality of Clyde River. This reimbursement covers the time period of April 1, 2020 to March 31st, 2021. Link here to the form that you can complete and send to Clyde River’s Administrator at administrator@clyderiverpei.com.

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A recreation reimbursement of $30/activity is available to youth (18 years of age and under) who are residents of the municipality. The annual maximum amount is $60/child for two activities. All types of recreation that enhance a healthy lifestyle qualify. The year runs from April 1st 2020 to March 31st, 2021.

Here is the application form for reimbursement. Please send your application to Fred Beer, Clyde River Administrator, administrator@clyderiverpei.com.

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The Municipality of Clyde River has once again applied for funding to hire a summer student under the provincial “Jobs for Youth” Program. Young people living in Clyde River and 16 years of age or older, who are interested in being considered for the position must submit a Student Application with the P.E.I. Employment Development Jobs Agency. This can be done on the provincial government website, www.princeedwardisland.ca. Once there, search for “Employment Development Agency & Seasonal Jobs Registry” to find the Student Application. The successful candidate will be employed up to 10 weeks in June, July and August doing a variety of tasks including lawn and garden maintenance. If you have any questions, please contact Fred Beer, CAO at administrator@clyderiverpei.com.

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A throw-back photo of Clyde River kids that are much taller now

As we come to the end of another successful season, we invite community volunteers to join together for clean up time on Saturday September 29, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. The Park is closing a little earlier this year to allow for work to be done on improving the site.

Anyone who has participated in this event knows that working together in the park is good fun and good exercise. It is a great chance to enjoy this beautiful place with friends and neighbours. Feel free to take along some bulbs for planting. We suggest you bring along a rake and wear work gloves. Refreshments will be served.

If it is raining, the close-up will take place the following Saturday at the same time.

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A throw-back Thursday photo of Clyde River kids that are much taller now

As we come to the end of another successful season, we invite community volunteers to join together for clean up time on Saturday September 29, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. The Park is closing a little earlier this year to allow for work to be done on improving the site.

Anyone who has participated in this event knows that working together in the park is good fun and good exercise. It is a great chance to enjoy this beautiful place with friends and neighbours. Feel free to take along some bulbs for planting. We suggest you bring along a rake and wear work gloves. Refreshments will be served.

If it is raining, the close-up will take place the following Saturday at the same time.

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In gathering artifacts in Clyde River for our museum, we have been given a good number of textbooks from the Beer family which were used to teach the children of Clyde River School from the late 1880s to the early 1900s. In reviewing these, I have discovered the delightful education they received despite their humble rural upbringing. It’s no wonder they acquired abilities to recite great poetry, calculate math easily in their heads, and name off the countries of the world and, as a result, were interested to know about the world. As I go through these texts, I would like to offer you a glimpse into a child’s education at that time. We will begin with a Geography book, Calkin’s Introductory Geography – The World: An Elementary Geography, from 1885 written by John Burgess Calkin.

John Burgess Calkin was born in 1829 in Nova Scotia and became a leading figure in Nova Scotia public education. Calkin was principal for many years of the Provincial Normal School that later became the Nova Scotia Teachers College. He authored several textbooks, best known for his geography and history texts. He passed in 1918.

The preface of this geography book sets the tone:

The school is merely an introduction to the child’s education. Its chief aims should be to strengthen the desire to know more of those objects which it brings into view, and to point out the paths that lead to the unknown. On parting company with his teacher, the pupil is prepared to become an independent worker, and to pursue his way with ever-increasing interest and power.

The textbook performs its proper function when it becomes an auxiliary of the school in working out these aims. While it conveys valuable truth respecting its subject, its higher purpose should be to awaken an interest in that subject, and to lead to systematic and persevering effort in searching it out more fully.

In studying geography, children need to realize that they are acquiring knowledge of things which have a real existence in the world around them, and that this knowledge has been gained by such observation as they are capable of exercising. The only sure way of securing this is, at the outset, to take them to something that is tangible. The first knowledge presented must be concrete, and should be given through oral lessons on their own neighborhood. In this way, beginners acquire clear and definite ideas as to the nature of the study upon which they are entering, and they are led upward from things to definitions and principles.

In following that approach, he begins the book with a chapter: “The School District or Section”, where he describes the school-house in a country community in a way that they will understand the underpinnings of grasping geography.

This is a picture of a school-house in the country. The boys and girls are assembling for school. Around their homes, scattered here and there through the neighborhood are hills, valleys, level fields, and woodlands. It is summer, and the country is very beautiful. The farmers are busy with their haymaking in the meadows. Near by are patches of grain and potatoes and on the sunny slopes are orchards which, in the autumn, will be laden with apples and pears. A way up on the hillsides are the pastures where the cows and sheep are quietly feeding. In the valleys, the brooks which have come down from the springs among the hills are winding their way, and hasting to the sea. Here, on holidays, the boys love to fish or sail their tiny boats, and girls love to stroll along the green banks and gather wildflowers.

He goes on to describe that other children may live on the seaside where the land is rocky and they have views of sailing ships. Yet others live in the city where there are no fields or brooks, but rather houses and shops with narrow streets between them where there are many kinds of things such as printers who print books and newspapers. Or others may live near coal mines and the men are miners or places where the men are lumbermen and when the spring comes, they float logs to the mills and saw them into lumber.

He suggests to the children that they should create a little geography of their own neighborhood to understand what kind of place they live in – observe all the features of their home and the places near it. They should make a little drawing of their school or at least a floor plan. From there, they can draw, the playground and any other objects around. Then, they can draw the neighborhood in which they live, marking the roads, the buildings, the brooks, the fields and any other things that they have observed. The result will be their own community map.

He continues by describing the province they live in, their country – Dominion of Canada, where if they travelled west, they would see lakes larger than their province and see mountains where at the peaks there is snow all year long, and, on the west coast, they would see another large ocean. The text then leads down through North America where the country is warmer and the waters of the east and west draw closer and then to South America.

In the next chapter, he takes students on a “Voyage Round the World” where they leave Halifax by steamship and sail east across the Atlantic Ocean.

In a few hours we lose sight of land, and there is nothing to be seen but the sea, with here and there a distant sail. We see no path, nor any sign to direct us; but the captain, with his compass and chart, can take us directly across the pathless ocean as if he followed a beaten track. He needs to know his duty well and to manage carefully, for sometimes we are surrounded by fog, so that we can scarcely see from one end of the ship to the other. In such a fog, we might run against another ship, or against rocks, and be dashed to pieces.

Who wouldn’t be captivated by this adventure? Throughout the book are detailed drawings of scenes from different cultures. It is easy to see how he was able to capture a child’s imagination and build a curiosity of the world which would remain with them throughout their lives.

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At the back of the book, he lists populations within the Dominion of Canada and other countries. Here are a few from within the Dominion:

  • Prince Edward Island – 108,981  – Charlottetown – 11,485
  • Nova Scotia – 440,572 – Halifax – 36,100
  • New Brunswick – 321,233 – Fredericton – 6,218
  • Quebec – 1,359,027 – Montreal – 140,747
  • Ontario – 1,923,228 – Toronto – 86,415
  • Manitoba – 123,200 – Winnipeg – 7,744
  • British Columbia – 49,459 – Victoria – 5,925
  • Districts & Territories  56,446 – Includes Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Athabasca, Keewatin, Northwest and Northeast Territories.
  • Below, they list Newfoundland with a population of 181,753  – joined Canada in 1949.

Dominion of Canada 1880s (click to enlarge photo)

Central Europe – 1880s

Click here to view a digital version of the book updated and reprinted in 1898.

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Clyde River will be hosting a Children’s Christmas Party at the Riverview Community Centre on Saturday morning, December 9th, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. There will be lots of fun activities, treats and a few surprises. Children ages 2-10 are invited to attend. Parents can attend or leave their youngsters in great care and supervision. For more information, please contact Carolyn Wood at clydesheep95@gmail.com

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