Guest Speaker – Grant Shilling
Richard Clarke provided some background on Grant, calling him “my renaissance friend” –author, curator, recreational director, coach, boardpark designer, homeless outreach worker, and surfer.
Grant made a presentation on a new Comox Valley youth organization and initiative entitled Get on Board.
Get on Board – Empowering Youth, one board at a time.
Get on Board is a registered non-profit organization which uses board sports –surf/skate/snow- to develop social skills, self-confidence, and goal-setting in youth. The very nature of board sports: physicality, creativity, courage, and self-discipline help youth develop life skills.  To improve as a boarder, you will fall many times. As in life when you fall, you have to get back up. The resilience you learn in developing skills as encouraged by our mentors will help you gain the confidence and self-esteem you need to overcome many obstacles.
Get on Board helps youth connect to their schools and community through provision of organized teaching/learning programs, advocacy, and outreach.