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“It’s about building, playing, creating, and using your imagination,” Lori says excitedly, painting the entire project and all its various facets with broad strokes of enthusiasm and delight. It’s clear that she’s focused on the future and letting our youth lead us there. “We’re entering into the Imagination Age,” she continues. “Right now, we’re still trying to live in an industrial age: we teach sciences, maths, and trades. But innovation will be the big thing. Creating your own job and imagining what that can be.” I agree emphatically, having creating my own job myself, so to speak: it isn’t just millennial jargon. “It’s the way of the future,” Lori says. “65% of jobs that kids who are currently in elementary school will have, don’t exist yet.” That number lingers in the air between us, vibrating with excitement and hope. These youth are lucky to have Lori — passionate and happy in a way that effortlessly rubs off on you — at the helm of their enterprises. She’s committed to giving them the reins and letting them be the leaders of the projects they take on. She recently brought a group to the Midas Fab Lab in Trail — “the candy store for tech people” — where the youth were able to design something and bring it to life with laser cutting and 3D printers, leaving them inspired and eager to create more. Another group went to the BC Tech Summit in Vancouver, a massive gathering where they, as Lori puts it, “opened their eyes to future jobs and where we’re going.” “I think that if we feed our youth’s imaginations and nurture them in that way, they’ll eventually return to our communities and bring work,” Lori opines. “We know that the wilderness, the nature, are what bring people back to the Kootenays, but we need the work to go along with that.” This future seems interesting and impressive, to say the least, when we leave it to the visionary and bright minds of our young people to bring it to life. And thankfully, they’re getting a lot of practice — right here in Kimberley — at being the thoughtful and brilliant leaders of tomorrow. It’s a world of possibility. It’s also as simple as a 5’ x 10’ garden bed in lower Chapman Camp. “Really, what it’s about,” Lori says, “is using your imagination, and then just going for it.”

WINTER 2018

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Profile for GO Kimberley magazine

GO Kimberley Magazine Issue 45  

Winter 2018

GO Kimberley Magazine Issue 45  

Winter 2018

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