Student Experiment Going Into Space
PARKSVILLE, B.C., Canada – January 14, 2019) It’s official! A science experiment designed by five École Ballenas students will go into space. This summer, when the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission 13 to the International Space Station (ISS) launches, an experiment, titled Investigating the Growth Patterns of Alfalfa (Medicagosativa) Sprouts in Microgravity: a Potential Nourishment for Future Manned Spaceflight, will be on board.

“We’re very fortunate to be part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP),” enthused Gillian Wilson, Assistant Superintendent, School District 69 (Qualicum). “The experience is preparing today’s learners for tomorrow’s
world. It has been an unprecedented applied learning opportunity that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math.

Thanks to over $18,000 of funding, made possible by the Karen and Fred Green Fund (held at Vancouver Foundation) and Magellan Aerospace, over 400 students across the school district learned about the microgravity environment of space and created science experiment proposals.”

A local panel of judges reviewed experiment proposals, developed by students in grades 4 to 12, and chose three for submission to the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) based in Maryland U.S.A. The experiment proposals included:
• Will Mold Grow Differently on Bread in a Microgravity Zone?
Arrowview Elementary School. Written by Emily Anderson, Avalon Carey, Liam Einarson, Ethan Gamble, Joshua Gauvin, Evin Izdebski, Novie Pratte, Damien Roberts, Karli Taylor and Jacob Waitson.

• The Growth Rate and Pattern of Bacteria (Bacillus Subtilis) in a Microgravity Environment École Ballenas Secondary. Written by Amanda Litton, David Downey, Caitlin Holme, Connor Litton, and Nasuka Nakazawa.
• Investigating the Growth Patterns of Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa) Sprouts in Microgravity: a Potential Nourishment for Future Manned Spaceflights
École Ballenas Secondary. Written by Marco Loffredi, Victor Kamel, Robert Lachance, Alexander Marshall and Filipe Pereira.
From the submissions, the SSEP Step 2 Review Board chose Investigating the Growth Patterns of Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa) Sprouts in Microgravity: a Potential Nourishment for Future Manned Spaceflights to be conducted on the International Space Station.
“Students, who proposed the chosen experiment, are busy making preparations,” explained Carl Savage, Science Teacher and SSEP Community Program Director, School District 69 (Qualicum).

“They are working to refine their experiment and equip two micro labs; one lab will journey to the ISS and the other will remain on Earth. While astronauts
are conducting the Alfalfa Sprout experiment in space, Ballenas students will be conducting the same experiment at school.” Adding to the excitement and “real-world” experience, students plan to raise funds to view the ISS launch at
Kennedy Space Center in Florida and present their findings at the SSEP National Conference in Washington D.C.
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) is an initiative of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), located in the United States, and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, which works internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp, PBC and NanoRacks, LLC, which are working with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the

International Space Station as a National Laboratory.

Thank You From the Children’s Miracle Network

Received October 28, 2015



Good morning,

I want to personally thank you for not only attending the RE/MAX of Western Canada 32nd Annual Conference, but for being such an important of the Children’s Miracle Network component of that great event.

We are proud beyond words of our partnership with Children’s Miracle Network hospitals and are thrilled to be celebrating our 23 year partnership together. Since 1992, YOU have made giving back and supporting the kids in your communities a priority through our Miracle Home Program and various fundraising initiatives. RE/MAX affiliates have donated over 56 million dollars nationally to Children’s Miracle Network, providing vital funding for equipment, programs, and support services in 14 Children’s Hospitals and Foundations across the country. Last year, RE/MAX affiliates in Canada donated over $4 million.

Whether you realize it or not, you and your colleagues are making miracles happen each and every day; through your support, through your dedication to giving and through your passion of the cause.

The fundraising events through the conference raised over $45,000 for Children’s Miracle Network and its member hospitals…..

Thank you for helping put smiles back where they belong.

Warm regards,

RE/MAX of Western Canada (1998), LLC

Marie Sheppy, Manager, Corporate Affairs, RE/MAX of Western Canada



Just returned from Victoria BC and the 32nd Annual RE/MAX of Western Canada Conference “2015 ACTIVATE” where we were treated to an array of amazing speakers, technology updates, great food,  lots of laughs and even a tour of “Victoria’s Ghostly Haunts”.

RE/MAX conferences are always uplifting, motivating and filled with trending information relating to our profession. Of course there’s lots of fundraising opportunities for CMN as well – always a bonus.

The spectacular Island weather and outstanding surroundings didn’t hurt a bit either.

So much of our business depends on “REALTOR® TO REALTOR ® referrals” that the networking sessions are invaluable for touching base with old friends and of course getting to meet and know out-of-area colleagues in the flesh.

Sorry to miss the last evening’s wrap-up party but had clients awaiting our return.


CMN Neighbourhood Yard Sale


MANY MANY THANKS TO ALL 23 HOUSEHOLDS (and also to those who contributed items) who participated in our 7th Neighbourhood Yard Sale.

The Treasure Hunters who arrived in numbers and for the most part were in the buying mood, also deserve our gratitude. Sales reports filtering in have been  from fair to good to amazing  from one fellow who sold over $1,000 worth of treasure in 2 hours. WOW!

The weather was spectacular which is always a determining factor and the overall atmosphere was quite festive with over 75 RE/MAX helium balloons dotting the neighbourhood.

We’re happy to announce the winners of the $100 QF Gift Card this year was Sandy Salmons and Rick Patten on Pilot Way.

The final total isn’t in as yet as donations are still trickling in but once again we will be contributing over $500 to The Children’s Miracle Network/BC Children’s Hospital and


Annual Neighbourhood Yard Sale



YES! We’re Having Our Annual Neighbourhood Yard Sale on

June 20th


Over the past several years, with your help, we’ve raised hundreds of dollars for BC  Children’s Hospital. Many, many thanks to all who participated.

Once again the Yard Sale hosts/contributors will automatically be entered into a  draw for a $100 grocery certificate from Quality Foods.

So – go green and recycle your unwanted treasures and make a little money.

We’ll organize the day, put up the signs, give you the balloons and do the advertising so it’s sure to be a success.

If you don’t need to have a yard sale this year then join the fun – go treasure-hunting & enuoy a visit with your neighbours.

NANOOSE BAY – Residents on the following streets are invited to participated –  Claudet Road, Dorcas Point, Seacrest Road, Marina Way, Reef Road, Pilot Way, Delanice Way,Higginson Road, Nuttal Drive, Prawn Road, La Selva Place, Haida Way, Arbutus Lane, Brynmarl Road, The Bell, Ludgate Road, The Outrigger, The Jib, White Cap Road, Cockle Shell Road, Carmel Place, & Seadog Road.

Give us a call (250-927-0341) or email us at RMEHAN@SHAW.CA and we’ll make sure to put you on our “Don’t Miss This Yard” list & enter your name in the draw.

Just imagine by donating just a little of your profits ($10 suggested donation) to the Children’s Miracle Network (BC Children’s Hospital) we can help save children’s lives.  Let’s do it for the kids!

Ron & Peggy Mehan, RE/MAX First Realty  



Young People are Returning

The kids are coming home.

Despite the popular perception, youth retention might not be Parksville/Qualicum Beach’s biggest problem

According to a 2014 Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) report the “region had a net loss of more than 7,000 people age 20 to 24 between 2006 and 2011…But the trend reverses once people reach their 30′s, with about 3,400 extra residents in the 30-34 age range moving into the region.

Parksville Mayor Marc Lefebvre called the findings “hopeful”. “We offer a great lifestyle here”.

34 year old Lissa Alexander, a Qualicum Beach native moved awa at age 18 to find herself back in town a decade later. Alexander left to see the world.

“I didn’t appreciate the area until I left,” Alexander admitted. “I didn’t realize how beautiful Qualicum was until I was gone.”

Drawn to the metropolitan areas because they seemed vibrant, busy and full of economic opportunity, Alexander returned because “Once I got pregnant it was a no-brainer… I started thinking about my upbringing and I wanted to give my kids that – safety, a sense of community and the many resources available for families”. Most of her friends who left town in their early 20′s have moved back to the area in the last few years – it’s about quality of life.

Other compelling reasons sited by RCMP Cpl. Jesse Foreman included and “extremely low crime rate making for a family-friendly city. Foreman returned to Parksville & family.

The affordable real estate market is of course another major factor that affects these decisions as well as more jobs coming to the communities.

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