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Interview with Bowen Veterinary Services

july 14, 2004
Interview with the Vet

Today we interviewed a man named Doctor Alastair  Westcott, who is a vet. A vet is a doctor who fixes sick and injured animals. He said that he does the same thing for animals that our doctor does for us. When we got their we met karen who is the receptionest then we met Stephany who is the doctor’s helper. She showed us around the office. We saw the waiting room and then the  examining room, the treatment room for animals who need an x/ray to see if any bones are broken or some minor treatment and then the operating room. She let us pet her dog named Magnum. Then we got to listen to his heart beat with a stethoscope. We also got to hear a dog’s heart beating who was having an operation. He was Magnum’s brother.   The doctor put him to sleep before the operation  by putting a needle in his paw.  He started to wake up before we left and he was whining. After that we asked the doctor  some questions like what was the most  unusual animal you’ve  ever treted and he said “a lizard, a snake, a whale and an emu”.

A riddle from Soma;

I have four legs, long hair, and long ears. What am I?

Questions for Bowen Veterinary Services

questions for The Vet

  1. What is your name and how do you spell it?
  2. What do you do as a vet?
  3. What do you like  about your job?
  4. where did you train for your job?
  5. How long did you train for?
  6. Why did you decide to become a vet?
  7. How many animals do you see each day?
  8. Do you deep the animals in cages?
  9. What types of sicknesses do the animals have?
  10. Do you have any pets of  your own?
  11. What is the most unusual animal you’ve ever treated?

Interview with Kim

July 14 interview with Kim story by Soma Ali

Kimberly was born in 1983 in North Vancouver She is now twenty years old and on September 3. she’ll be twenty one. She used to teach sailing and really loved it. she also loves working at CNIB and this is her first year at Bowen lodge. Kim has a dog named boscoe. her family decided to name him bosco because her father always goes to Koscoe and they wanted a name that rimes with Koscoe. When Boscoe was four he had pancreatis. 
She will start school in September. kim really likes old types of music because when she was little she always listened to that kind. kim lives on Nanaimo Island. Her favourite ban is the beetles. Kim doesn’t like sleeping in at all. She says it is a waste of  time. She says if she could have another job at Bowen she    would love to be  a life guard

kim harison july 13 2004
Interview by the Vancouver Dragons and the bigs

kim who is the manager of our camp was born on September e. 1983 in north Vancouver but lives in nanaimo  when she is not at Camp Bowen with her brother, parents and pet dog which I’ll tell you  about later. She is going to college to learn to work plannign recretion programs for kids. kim taught sailing for six years. She saw an add in a paper for the job at Camp Bowen and she likes working with children so she applied and bot the job. We are glad she did! she would like to come back next year. She likes working with the kids and staff at Bowen and she likes living here because it is so beautiful on the island. She has also worked as a life gard and will need to do her certificate for that again  soon.  Kim will work at Camp Bowen until her birthday in september when she will go back to Nanaimo and go back to school  again. kim’s favourite animal is her dog boscoe. He is a Doberman and  German Shepard cross and he 7 years old. He is a big dog and weighs 80 pounds! Kim says that boscoe  sleeps on her bed with her with his own pillow. He showers with her He wears t:shirts he wears a seatbelt in the car he wears a life jacket when swimming  he even sits at the table even though he doesn’t eat there and she brushes his teeth with chicken toothpaste! Kim has tasted the toothpaste and says it tastes terrible to her. Boscoe was named by Kim’s dad who likes to go to the store Kostco and he wanted to name the dog something that rimes with Costco so he picked Boscoe. He got sick once when he ate some turkey and was at the vet’s  for two weeks. He almost died turkey is bad for a dog so don’t feed your dog turkey! Boscoe got hurt once when Cameron, kim’s brother was playing basketball. When Cameron threw the ball high up in the air to hit  hit it with a bat Boscoe jumped up to get the ball and got hit with the bat and had some teeth broken. cameron was sad about that accident but Coscoe got better. Thanks Kim for the interesting  interview and especially for telling us about Boscoe.

Irly Bird

Joshua July 13,
Irlybird Story and interview

Bowen Island.

The favourite thing I sa at the Irlybird was a big  hollow  round tube with sides on it and it was a long echo and i learned was a specific tank. Do you know what my second favourite thing is a fork lift I’m going to tell you about it! It was a huge fork lift truck and it could carry lots of lumber and it could dump it on to a truck. i went in to a truck at the Irlybird which by the way  you should know is a huge lumber place! A big lumber yard is a  huge place that carries  lumber, wood, pipes and cement and there is paint hammers oil drain pipes wheel barrows and stuff like that.  i got to go in a few trucks and see almost anything that has to do with wheels to lumber and all sorts of stuff you’d expect would be at Homedeapo and Cassco! I got to go home to camp in a big truck at the lumber yard place I hope you have  a good time about the day you come to the big lumber place! I got to feel a fork lift and i got to drive it! I got to feel all the stacks of lumber and that and i got to feel the ties that go on the railroad tracks!

What do you think I am?

1. I carry lumber on two prongs I go up and down i have 4 wheels I do not have a radio and I don’t have any doors what am I?

You can find me at the Irlbird or any other lumber yard!

2. i am about a kind of wall, a stack of blank what am i?

I saw a trailor with 8 wheels in the back and no wheels in the front  Find out about it! only joking there wer lots of stuff to do there and there were lots  and lots of trucks always going in or comming out of the place. I hope you go there again and I hope you see me here again at the Irlybird.

Irly Bird Building Centre

Irlybird building Centre
July 14, 2004

At irlybird I got to go in to a truck. irlybird is a place where you get lumber and other stuff too. I went in the truck and started it and i also  pushed the gas pedal. The man who owned the truck was Dean. We got to see the wheel barrows, one was the little one and one was the big wheel barrow. We got to push the  two wheel barrows. The little wheel barrow was too hard to push and the big one was OK. I got  to sit on the forklift and the guy who drove it was Dean. We saw a trailor you can stand on. The trailor is very very big. Another truck came in and clement, me, Annie, Michael and josh went to the truck to see it. The guy who drove the truck was Edward. he had a deisel truck. We saw shingles that you can put on yor roof. My finger almost got a sliver from the pointy shingles. We had a lot of fun. We got to have pop. Me and Josh had cream soda and Clement to have coke.   We got to have an interview with the manager. We got to take pictures with three other people and Dave. John said  that visually impaired coud not work because it’s  dangerous.  We got to go on the truck with Dean and he drove us back to the lounge except for michael and Annie.  They gave us hats and fifty two balloons. We saw a hammer but it was too greasy. when we came in the car we saw a barbecue maker. We saw many trucks comming in and comming out of the arking lot. We saw pipes which you can by for a toilet.

A Day at the Ruddy Potato

A Day at the Ruddy Potato

The TBI also known as the Tekki Blind Investigators went to the Ruddy Potato Whole Foods Market and interviewed Scott (R0001), the store manager. Scott has been working at the store for one year. The Ruddy Potato is an organic whole food store that sells whole foods. That means there are no chemicals, pesticides, GMO (genetically modified organisms), or artificial fertilizers. There are 12 employees at the store, but Scott works with a total of about 20 people. Three to five people work at the Ruddy Potato at one time. Today, when we went there, there were only three people working there. They were two cashiers and the store manager Scott. Scott told us that there was also a Ruddy Kitchen below the Ruddy Potato. and they had a Ruddy Potato truck. The symbol for the Ruddy Potato is a picture of a farm.

Scott showed us around his store, and he gave us things to eat, including cherries, strawberries, avocados, kiwis, chocolate covered ginger, cashews and peanuts. The sections in his store include produce, meat, the warehouse, frozen foods, nuts, bread, spices and a kids’ section. The meat comes from Alderwood Farm. The chicken is from Fenwood Farm. We met Dan (R0002) from Alderwood farms the day before.

In produce, there are fruits and vegetables such as lettuce and kiwis. In the meat section, there were sausages, beef, and chicken breasts. In the warehouse at the back, there were all types of things. We even got to go in the walk-in fridge. In the frozen foods section, there were soy ice cream, pizzas, burritos, and waffles. In the bread section, there were breads like baguettes, whole wheat and other healthy breads like sourdough. In nuts there were cashews and peanuts. In spices there were spices like basil, dillweed, cayenne, and things like that. In the kids section, there were toys and even a wooden tree with children’s art on it.

We enjoyed the samples, the coffee beans, and the walk-in fridge. Some of us also got to try being cashiers. We scanned products like a loaf of bread and a fruit bar. after we scanned the products, we opened the cash drawer and checked out the money in it. That was fun.


  • Transcribed by Alex Jurgensen
  • Transcribed on: April 22, 2013

To protect the privacy of individuals named in this article, pseudonyms have been used, where appropriate. Records of the modifications are kept by the Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired.

Monday, July 29, 2002, Job Detectives Interview: Massage Therapist

Job Detectives Interview:

Massage Therapist

Today we went to The Cottage to visit Vicky, who owns the business and Sherry, who gives people facials, manicures and pedicures. Sherry gave us each a hand treatment. First we lay on a bed that was heated with a heated blanket that was under the sheets. There was a knee bolster under our knees. She played slow, relaxing music that was made by a man who lives on one of the Gulf Islands. She rubbed our hands with a special scrub made of lavender oil and raw salt. The scrub takes off all the dead skin and then the lavender oil moisturizes and softens the skin. Sherry wiped off the salt and then massaged our hands with the oil. She usually uses lavender oil because it is natural, most people are not allergic to it, most people like the smell, and it feels good. She sometimes uses eucalyptus oil but it smells too strong for some people. Tannis did not like the smell of it but the rest of us did. We liked the lavender smell the best though. Sherry’s hands were very soft because she gets a little treatment too whenever she massages someone else’s hands. The purpose of the hand massage is to improve circulation of the hand and to relax the muscles. It really did make our hands feel soft and relaxed.

We learned that it takes about ten to fifteen minutes for a hand or foot treatment and a facial treatment takes fifteen to twenty minutes. She takes longer to massage someone if they have tender or sore areas. When she gives a facial, she puts a hot towel on the person’s face first, to open their pores. This cleans the pores and helps get rid of blemishes.

Sherry started doing this kind of work when she was only 28 years. Sherry loves her job. She is around 33 years old now. She took a year long course at Blaance McDonald School. She only does this job at The Cottage. People make appointments to see her and a lady came in for an appointment to see her after our visit.

Sherry also does make-up for brides and her sister does their hair.

There is another lady named Jackie, who gives body massages but she was not there today.

Vicky sells oils, soaps, shampoos and other things for the bath and kitchen at The Cottage. She does not live there but she has a very big cat, named Max, who does live there. Max is grey, he is five years old and he weighs 22 pounds. We pet I’m and he felt soft. Vicky gave us some lavender to take with us.

We all liked the trip to The Cottage today and we felt very relaxed after our hand treatments.

Saturday, July 27, 2002, A Visit To The Pharmacy

Saturday, July 27, 2002

A Visit To The Pharmacy

Today Aman, Vanessa and Rosie went to the Pharmacy. The store was called Cates Pharmacy. The pharmacy was named after Mr. Cates. Mr. Cates was a famous man who lived here on Bowen Island. We went to the pharmacy to learn about medicine and the pharmacist.

Mr. Massender, the pharmacist, became interested in his job because he liked science and chemistry. He also liked arts and Biology and dealing with people. You need to learn these subjects to be a pharmacist. He graduated from High School and decided to take another year. After that he went to University for five years and then he became a pharmacist.

His job is a little related to a doctor’s. People come to him for advice for colds, flu and stomach problems. If it’s too complicated he sends them to a doctor. People can’t just come and by any medicine, they have to have a prescription for some special medicine.

We learned that medicine is made from plants, animals and things from the body. A pharmacist helps people get better by giving them medicine. He knows what medicine to give, when people tell him how they are sick.

There wasn’t only medicine in the pharmacy, there was also toys, chocolate, shoes and many other items. They didn’t just sell medicine because they didn’t have enough people coming to just buy medicine.

The store has never been robbed but when he was in a different place his store got burglarized at least once a month.

The guy who owns the pharmacy works eight hours a day. There wasn’t a popular medicine in the store. Mr. Massender gives people information on lots of medicine.

Mr. Massender likes his job because he likes helping people and it gives him a great feeling to help people.

If you would like to find out more about the pharmacy or want to ask any questions email him at cates at unipharm.com.


  • Transcribed on: April 1, 2012