Zakiah Schneider and Warren and Michael Campbell-Heinpak look forward to many hours of enjoyment in the new playhouse donated by carpentry student Tommy Hamel and fine arts graduate Sylwia Gustyn

NIC students build playhouse for CVCDA

“Our older children now have a play structure perfectly suited to their size.” - ED Joanne Schroeder

  • Dec. 16, 2015 11:00 a.m.

North Island College carpentry and fine arts students surprised children at the Comox Valley Child Development Association (CVCDA) with a new playhouse, just in time for Christmas.

“Our older children now have a play structure perfectly suited to their size,” said CVCDA executive director Joanne Shroeder. “And our play yard is open to the public on evenings and weekends, so it’s actually a gift to the whole community.”

The playhouse construction combines the skills of three NIC Carpentry Apprenticeship levels to produce a complete project: Level 1 students framed the structure, Level 3 students installed the windows, doors and trim, while Level 4 students practised roofing and finishing.

“Each year, we choose projects that support student learning in interesting and engaging ways that can also be used in the community,” explains Carpentry instructor Erik Hardin.

Tommy Hamel began working on the playhouse in NIC’s Level 1 apprenticeship technical training in January, 2013.

“This is how I started learning basic framing techniques, including hand framing the roof, something I now use on a daily basis at work,” he says.

Today, Hamel is completing Level 4 apprenticeship hours at Darren Cottingham Dreamtime Construction in anticipation of earning his (Interprovincial) Red Seal in the new year.

NIC fine arts graduate Sylwia Gustyn volunteered to give the playhouse its creative and whimsical design, with paint and supplies generously donated by Canadian Tire.

“I enjoy helping people with their projects,” says Gustyn. “I was happy to do it.”

The playhouse arrived Dec. 3, compliments of Slegg Building Materials in Comox.

The CVCDA, located at 237 Third St. in Courtenay, supports close to 800 local children and youth with specialized services each year.

 

Just Posted

Commen-Terry: Helping Hands to benefit flood victims

Fundraising concert Feb. 7 in Courtenay for those affected by Mariner Apartment flood

Home care complaints up 45% on Vancouver Island

Number of home care hours delivered down 6%, complaints up 45 %

K’ómoks First Nation re-elects Chief Rempel

Chief Rempel re-elected for her second term; three new Councillors elected

Comox council allocates $20,000 for dog park consultation

With interim measures in place, Comox council has decided to proceed with… Continue reading

Vehicle collides with building in downtown Courtenay

No major injuries were reported late Monday morning as a car drove… Continue reading

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

YANA Online Auction runs until Feb. 8

Items include four pairs of tickets to sold-out Big Love Dinner

North Island College Activity Assistant program returns

Learn more at a free information session Feb. 9 - pre-registration required

No cash, no election sign policy pondered by B.C. city

A deposit could be required to put up election signs in 2022.

China demands US drop Huawei extradition request with Canada

China detained two Canadians on Dec. 10 in an apparent attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng

9 brains, 3 hearts: Some wild facts about octopuses

Things to know about the giant Pacific octopus, which is naturally found in the waters of the U.S. West coast, the Aleutian Islands and Japan

Hollywood announces 2019 Oscar nominations

Netflix has scored its first best picture nomination, something the streaming giant has dearly sought

Auto shop apologizes after Vancouver Island employees disrespect memorial convoy

Mr. Lube staff members suspended after incident Sunday in Nanaimo

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

Most Read