• Nova Scotia Sea School

INTRODUCING: Operation Ship Shape!

Updated: Jul 24



Dear Sea School Community,


Do you enjoy that fresh feeling of tidying up? Stowing tools & gear efficiently to ensure things run smoothly? We are excited to introduce you to the Sea School’s ‘Operation Shipshape.’ While we are unable to offer our usual expeditions this summer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these circumstances are providing us an opportunity to strengthen and reimagine our approach, and get Sea School in tip top shape!


This year we will deliver our unique philosophy and programming to young people with a focus on our highly engaged alumni crew. We will also fortify our internal systems, deepen our relationships and community partnerships, improve our policies & organizational culture to improve diversity in our participants and in our leadership, and learn and interact as much as we can together so we can move forward stronger than ever.


We will offer a suite of authentically Sea School leadership experiences that expand on previous expedition skills, foster independent recreational pursuits, inspire service to community, and provide youth tools and training for long term growth and development. We will pay specific attention to our more vulnerable alumni who need increased support and belonging during this time, and to how we can commit to & better serve Black and Indiginous youth. Operation Shipshape will also allow us to make investments in the “gear” that matters: our boats, our community relationships and our programs and systems. This is part of our commitment to increased impact and capacity in 2021 and beyond. We know this will be an important and exciting year for the Sea School and a donation from you to support our work would mean so much! To guide our journey we set these Operation Shipshape directives:

  1. Provide safe, real life connections with youth and our community

  2. Strengthen our community partnerships to support youth access, diversity, development and transition into careers

  3. Get our programs in tip top shape

  4. Develop and refine internal systems and relationships * to see a more detailed description of our directives, see the breakdown below this letter

As a Sea School supporter, we hope this plan resonates with you, and that we can count on your help. Your donation during this campaign will help ensure the health and longevity of Sea School through this transformative time. Thank you for your ongoing support! Yours Truly,

Heather Kelday, Executive Director and Maggy Burns, Board Chair P.S. Gifts can be made by cheque, online with credit or debit through Canada Helps or through the donation of stocks. You can also make your donation a gift to a loved one:

DONATE NOW TO CANADA HELPS - CLICK HERE For more information on ways to give please visit our website by clicking below:

https://www.seaschool.org/support


Operation Shipshape Directive 1 :

Provide safe, real life connections with youth and community with a focus on continued leadership and skill development

  • Online activities and remote collaboration projects for youth including “adventure boxes”

  • Training and mentorship programs for youth, lead crew, trainees and instructors via webinar-style guest speakers and online instructionals

  • Responsive face to face day programming such as day hikes, tours and volunteer days where possible

  • Connecting youth and trainees to marine and recreation sector opportunities and resources

Operation Shipshape Directive 2 :

Strengthen our community partnerships to support youth access, diversity, development and transition into careers

  • Relationship development and resource sharing within the marine sector for youth career exploration

  • Explore program & funding partnerships for improved & actively inclusive practices. Especially for Black Nova Scotian, Mi’kmaq, and Newcomer youth engagement

  • Further develop and maintain relationships within our own region of Lunenburg for in kind support and mutual benefit

Operation Shipshape Directive 3 :

Get our programs in tip top shape through resource and policy development, vessel restoration and program expansion projects

  • Refreshing our training and development systems for youth leadership and instructor development - taking time to improve our manuals, standards & reach

  • Program design, development, & marketing for land based and sea kayak programs

  • Capital work on both vessels to ensure long term health

  • Develop resources and training that support seasonal roles of Bosun and Shipwright which are valuable mentorship opportunities


Operation Shipshape Directive 4 :

Develop and refine systems and relationships to support organizational capacity, donor relations and fiscal sustainability

  • Initiating a new fundraising database, donor prospecting and tracking system and grant identification

  • Board governance and sub-committee focus (Youth Inclusion & Access Subcommittee, Leadership Subcommittee & Risk Management Subcommittee)

  • 5-year Strategic Plan, branding, and communications development

  • Update & develop Sea School’s Risk Policy


**Gifts can be made by cheque, online with credit or debit through Canada Helps or through the donation of stocks. You can also make your donation a gift to a loved one:

DONATE NOW TO CANADA HELPS - CLICK HERE For more information on ways to give please visit our website by clicking below:

https://www.seaschool.org/supportus

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