Monday, February 25, 2008

It's Play-Off Fever Baby!

Admittedly, I haven't watched as much hockey this season as I usually do. Perhaps this will change as the charge toward the NHL play-off run heats up. One particular team I follow as closely as I can actually isn't in the NHL - the Campbellford Colts PeeWee team from my old stomping grounds of Campbellford, Ontario. My nephew Cole is the team's goaltender and I've been following his and his team's progress as best I can from afar thanks to Facebook updates from my sister and call home to the folks.

As I wrote a few days back, Cole's team won their quarter-final series 3-0 against Wasaga Beach. This is as far as his team has gone in the playoffs so I know everyone is very excited. Cole's team will now play Dunnville, Ontario in the semi-finals. Game 1 kicks off Saturday in Campbellford and then they head to Dunnville Sunday for Game 2. Good luck Cole. Do your best. You made it a lot further in hockey than Uncle Darcy ever did (there's a good reason you've never seen me on skates!) Couldn't be prouder of ya!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks very much Uncle Darcy but you are aging me!!!! It's PeeWee not Midget - your only off by about 4-5 years. LOL

Way Way Up said...

Oops! I jumped the gun! She's all corrected now.

don't call me MA'AM said...

I love hockey. We used to have one of the AHL teams where I live, but they weren't making enough money here... so they moved. :-( We had a college team and a USHL team that both have pretty good attendance, so I think that worked against the AHL. Bummer, though. I really loved watching the games!

Corrie said...

Hey,
I was searching the internet for information on nunvut and I stumbled upon your blog. My fiance and I are very interested in moving to Nunavut and teaching there. I have been teaching in Niagara for 4 years now and he is just finishing up teachers college. I find your blog very inspiring! Any tips on pursuing a teaching career in Nunavut? How should we be preparing ourselves? Any information would be wonderful! Thanks a bunch!

Way Way Up said...

Hi Corrie...

Nunavut is definitely a unique place. I would definitely recommend the post below. It is the most comprehensive gathering of information for newcomers about living in Nunavut that I know of. The blogger is from Iqaluit and his wife is actually a teacher at one of the schools there. You definitely want to check out the information he has put together.

http://towniebastard.blogspot.ca/2010/07/moving-to-iqaluit-faq-v-30.html

As far as living in some of the smaller communities I recommend this blog below...

http://kiggavik.typepad.com/the_house_other_arctic_mu/

I worked in this community for 4 years and the blogger, Clare, is a retired RCMP member who married an Inuk woman. Clare can give you some unique perspectives on Inuit culture. I believe his email is on his blog.

As far as teaching goes I would say to try to get as involved as you can in the community. Don't overstretch yourself but chose one thing OR if you see a need for a club or group you can lead then go with it. If you have a special talent or ability, share it. I played trumpet all through high school and volunteered to play at Remembrance Day in both communities I worked in for the time I was there. I also played for the kids in different classes when I could. I was also involved as an indoor soccer coach, taking teams to tournaments and volunteered with a cadet corps.

Go out on the land if you can......this is one of the best way to experience traditional culture. I found students that really struggled in school were the ones I learned the most from out on the land. Pretty much every community has a spring fishing derby of some sort.

Another good thing is to learn a bit of the language and try to incorporate it as much as you can into your daily routine when you are in the school or out about the community. Learning it can be a challenge but when people see you are trying you soon discover you have 100 teachers and you can pick it up fast. Be patient. Don't pretend to know more than you know. If people perceive you are there just to make a good salary and you know all the answers you're in for a rough year or two but if you are open and honest about what you know and don't know and what you would like to learn, you will be well received.

Hope this helps.