Local naturalist heading back to Antarctica.
Nicola Naturalist Society president Dr Alan Burger is embarking on another trip to the arctic continent this week, to serve as a guide for a group touring the region.
"We have a small staff of people that guide a group of around 50. We all have knowledge of the area, so we drive the zodiacs and sort of explain things, in addition to giving lectures while on the ship."
It's the tenth time Burger will travel to Antarctica as a guide, but the first time in a couple years.
"When I was living in South Africa, I did my first serious studies of birds and animals in the sub-Antarctic. So, it takes me back to the place I started my career many, many years ago."
The six-week trip will be one of Burger's longest of his guide career.
Partnership aims to improve literacy within School District 58.
"Our goal is to have 90% of our students reading by the end of Grade 2. And, the goal is to have that happen by 2021."
Superintendent Stephen McNiven announcing the district has entered a three-year partnership with Dr Janett Mort and Mike McKay, to address on-going concerns around literacy and self regulation in the district.
"It will involve primary teachers, and students support service teachers, coming together and working with the Joyful Literacy program. It really supports a lot of the good work that is going on in the district. The program should really help us setup our students up for a life of learning."
"Joyful Literacy" is a holistic approach to supporting students that emphasizes the skills, concepts and experiences most conducive to successful literacy education while also acknowledging the power of relationship and positive learning environments.