SUMITTED PHOTO North Island Secondary School student Micah Estlin spent his summer documenting life in the North Island.

Promising filmmaker Micah Estlin documents North Island communities

Estlin took on the challenging 2-month summer work experience filming the project.

Vancouver Island North Training and Attraction Society (VINTAS) is launching a short video series promoting the communities and people living in the Regional District of Mount Waddington.

The videos conclude the first portion of a two-year long project on the My Vancouver Island North website. Recent North Island Secondary School graduate, summer student, and promising film maker Micah Estlin visited North Island communities throughout the summer to complete this project.

He reached out to people he found in the towns and villages, filming the region in a firsthand manner that communicates home-grown impressions of the North Island region.

With funding through VINTAS and Community Futures Mount Waddington, Estlin took on the challenging 2-month summer work experience. “Micah came to the video project with a surprising level of technical knowhow, creativity and maturity for a recent high school grad. I would highly recommend Micah to anyone who has a video project in mind,” says David Mitchell, CFMW Marketing Committee Chair, Vancouver Island North Training and Attraction Society.

Statistically, many rural communities in British Columbia are facing similar demographic challenges.

There is an aging population, with fewer youth and families in the communities to fill important jobs and careers.

On Vancouver Island North there are job openings in health, education, industry, the public sector and in business and entrepreneurial succession.

The #MYVIN social media and online initiative wants to get the message out that rural lifestyle is fantastic, and an opportunity for growth.

Www.MyVancouerIslandNorth.ca is a portal to regional information produced by individual communities.

Up and coming filmmakers, amateur photographers, writers and artisans are welcome to share and promote their work through the site. To submit content, contributors may contact myvanouverislandnorth@gmail.com.

– Gazette staff

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Message from North Island MLA Claire Trevena ahead of Easter weekend

‘Our government is trying to assist, whether it is with rent or financial support’

Village of Port Alice presents financial plan for 2020-2024

In this plan, the village reduced their budgeted expenditures for 2020 by 24% from 2019.

VIDEO: More than 85 people displaced by Campbell River apartment fire

Traffic is being diverted around Dogwood Street and 9th Avenue

Conservation: Two elk unlawfully shot in Northern Vancouver Island

‘The elk also did not have all of the edible portions of meat removed’

Nanaimo, Royal Jubilee to be Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 frontline hospitals

Other Island hospitals will be admitting COVID-19 patients and will be used in a support role

COVID-19 death toll reaches 50 in B.C., while daily case count steadies

B.C. records 34 new cases in the province, bringing total active confirmed cases to 462

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

VIDEO: Community rallies around Campbell River fire victims

Emergency Social Services volunteers logged over 100 hours in first day after fire

B.C.’s COVID-19 rent supplement starts taking applications

$300 to $500 to landlords for April, May and June if eligible

Reality TV show about bodybuilders still filming in Okanagan, amid COVID-19

Five bodybuilders from across the country flew to Kelowna to move into a house for a reality TV show

B.C.’s top doctor details prescription for safe long weekend

Yes, it includes hosting an online cooking show

BC SPCA seeks help for abandoned German shepherd puppies

Donations have ‘petered out’ as doors are closed due to COVID-19

Most Read