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. 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

– Gazette staff

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

Just Posted

Port McNeill council tackles the issue of AirBnBs

Council wants a public hearing to identify options for short-term rentals in Port McNeill.

Port McNeill council roundup: Feb. 11 meeting

Various stories from Port McNeill council’s Feb. 11 meeting.

Forestry workers vote for new agreement, ending 8-month strike on Vancouver Island

Wage increases, higher premiums and contract language part of new agreement

REVIEW: Poetry helps Conshinz heal from brain trauma

The Book of 1000 Poems, Volumes 1-4, by Conshinz, a.k.a. Port Alice… Continue reading

Meet the new owner of the Scarlet Ibis Pub & Restaurant

Kevin Foley is originally from Regina, Saskatchewan.

VIDEO: Ottawa wants quick, peaceful resolution to pipeline protests, Trudeau says

The protests have manifested themselves as blockades on different rail lines across the country

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates

Finance minister said ICBC costs have affected budget

Canadian standards for coronavirus protection to be reviewed, health agency says

The protocols set out how health workers should protect themselves and their patients

Monday marks one-year anniversary of man missing from Langley

42-year-old B.C. man, Searl Smith, was last seen leaving Langley Memorial Hospital on Feb. 17, 2019

BC Ferries sailings filling up Family Day Monday

More than 20 sailings added between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen for long weekend

Amtrak warns of delays as railways from Seattle to B.C. blocked by Wet’suwet’en supporters

Coastal GasLink said it’s signed benefits agreements with all 20 elected band councils along pipeline route

Federal emergency group meets on pipeline protests as rail blockades continue

There’s mounting political pressure for Trudeau to put an end to the blockades

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

B.C. man released from quarantined cruise ship in Japan

Because Spencer Fehrenbacher has American citizenship, he was evacuated by the U.S.

Most Read