An example of some of Frederica Blouin-Comeau’s drawing cards. Photo submitted

Valley student’s passion project helping Cumberland forest

It took a little while for Frederica Blouin-Comeau to find her passion for a school project, but once she did, it has paid off in many ways.

The grade 12 Mark R. Isfeld Secondary student explained she was introduced to a project called Capstone which has a goal of getting students to follow their passions.

“It took me a while to discover my passion – maybe a couple of months. I had to dig deep down inside of me to realize that what I love to do was something I dreamed and realized on a daily basis,” she said.

“My passion had two big roots and these were inseparable.”

In addition to drawing, Blouin-Comeau loved to go mountain biking, particularly in the wilderness and trails of Cumberland.

After a few weeks of brainstorming, she decided to combine her two passions and created drawing cards with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to The Cumberland Community Forest Society (CCFS).

“Why not try to support the (society) to save as many hectares of beautiful trees and land by selling my own drawing cards?”

Last year, Blouin-Comeau raised $425 for the CCFS, and this year she continues to sell her cards and will give all the profit back to the society.

Her cards will be on sale under the end of the month at Milano Coffee in Comox and at the Courtenay Art Gallery at 580 Duncan Ave.

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