Emmett’s journey at Island Pacific School was the catalyst to him finding his passion through photography and videography. The support he received from his teachers, parents and peers is an important part of his story.
There were stars in the sky, setting suns, moons over mountains and many other truly stunning images surrounding the excited bidders in the room.
Our April 5th fundraiser supporting our Student Bursary Program was an overwhelming success! The night kicked off with Emmett Sparling, @emmett_sparling, taking us on his travels around the world, through the lens of his camera. Auctioness, Alex McNeil provided lively and hilarious commentary as Emmett told the story behind them. It felt as though we were there beside him, hiking up the mountain, diving deep into the ocean with whales or dancing and feasting with his indigenous hosts.
Not only did we raise over $15,000 towards student bursaries, but we brought our alumni, families, and supporters together in an intimate gathering of community to celebrate our distinctly different middle school.
Volunteers as always are the heartbeat of Island Pacific School so we send a huge shout out to students Mischa, Jenna, Piper, Cole S., Adam W., Anne, Ambar and Charlotte, and parents Scarlett Duntz and Katherine Wolters, who, under the watchful eye of Basia, prepared a wonderful array of edibles and served them with panache. The show wouldn’t have gone on without Friedemann Huettner (better known as Kirsten’s dad!) for assembling the myriad of easels and alumni parents Matthew Harrison and Pete Parkin from the Howe Sounds who were just perfect for the crowd! Basia of Bowen Events is the queen of events and did an incredible job putting together all of the delicious food, working with our volunteers and always being a star Island Pacific School Ambassador! The BC wines from Artisan Wine Shop were superb! And the ciders from Rileys Cidery were a perfect addition to the event. Thank you to our print and framing partner, Opus Art Supplies for your continuous support and partnership.
And the fundraising doesn’t stop here! Our Print Shop featuring Emmett Sparling’s stunning photography is NOW OPEN! Make sure not to miss out on these beautiful prints that are brag-worthy starting at $95. Visit the shop on our website here .
Director of Community Engagement
Island Pacific School