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Year: 2008 – Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
School: Ballenas Secondary School
PO Box 1570
135 Pym Street
Parksville, British Columbia
Principal: Rollie Koop
School Telephone: 250-248-5721
School Fax: 250-954-1531
School Email: email@example.com
School Website: http://bss.sd69.bc.ca
Subjects and Grades Taught: Physical education, geography, social studies and adventure tourism career preparation in Grades 11 and 12
- Advocate for new and different programs that are in the best interests of students and the community.
- Pay painstaking attention to detail, especially to safety details, when designing and implementing programs.
- Created the adventure tourism program at Ballenas Secondary, now in its 14th year. The program offers students certification and experience in a variety of outdoor adventure tourism businesses. The program has also benefited employers in this emerging field.
- Students make regular use of snowcams, wavecams and other weather-forecasting technology as they prepare to assess surfing, kayaking, snowboarding and boating conditions, and learn how to use GPS and emergency transmitter technology. This knowledge helps students prepare to safely operate adventure-tourism businesses in the rapidly changing marine conditions on the West Coast.
"As a small business owner and employer, it is great to share our passion with these kids and later have them come work with us." Adventure tourism operator
"Mr. Halverson is not a man who seeks the spotlight. He goes about his business in a quiet, focussed manner that often deflects credit to others. Yet his accomplishments must be recognized, as he is the provincial leader in this field of endeavour." School superintendent