Hi Si Jiu,
It's Spring time here on Salt Spring Island where I have been living since September (see the map below, the island I live on is outlined in red). My life here has been rich with my time focused on my two school studies - one is the more unconventional training and the other is through the University of Victoria.
I wanted to give you an update about my ecological restoration diploma through the University of Victoria since you have been sponsoring these studies. I have completed almost all of the course work for the diploma (only one course remains) and have started to work on my final project. The final project is an application of my ecological restoration studies to the real world. I have partnered with a nature conservation organization called the Galiano Conservation Association which is a neighbouring island to the one I live on. It is so close that I actually paddle by kayak to the land that I am working on restoring (watch the videos from my Mom).
(This is a photo of me taking a course in March. Behind me are my classmates standing next to one of the oldest oak trees in the area)
My final project takes place on a small piece of land (~2 hectares in size) that was previously logged ten years ago and where construction is taking place for the organization's office building (see photo below). My goal is to help reforest the land in an ecologically sensible way and to create an educational native plant garden for the public. I am currently in the early stages of this project which involves visiting the land and doing ecological surveys to get a sense of the current state and condition of the ecosystem. The next step will be to create a plan for how to restore the land and propose this plan to the Galiano Conservation Association. Once the plan is approved I will be able to implement it as early as this upcoming fall. It will involve some continuous effort to get to this final stage.
I want to express deep thanks for the financial support you are giving me as it is truly helpful for the completion of my studies. Since May 2018, I have six courses I have taken or am taking that I need help covering the costs of. The total tuition costs come to CAN$3 571.25. I have attached the tuition summary receipt to this email. I am very grateful for however much you are able to help me in this way. In fact I am amazed at the Huang family's commitment to supporting each other, even extended family, emotionally, physically, and financially. This is a enormous teaching for that my mom and uncles have given me about Chinese family values.
I hope that you are healthy and well and that your teaching career is still very fulfilling. I will not be able to join you on your next Canada visit as the timing conflicts with my own graduation from my nature connection program.
Sending you lots of love,