Hospital team goes back to school, back to the future


The North Island Hospitals Project is about building for the future. Never was that more clear than at a recent return to school for NIHP Chief Project Officer Tom Sparrow.
Reprising an earlier visit to Queneesh Elementary School last year, Sparrow and Graham Design Builder’s Comox Valley Senior Project Manager Bret Miche brought another hospital construction presentation to the school in April, this time presented to four of the school’s Kindergarten/Gr. 1 classes, roughly 80 five and six-year-olds. The students had many questions and observations about the hospital construction project next to the school property.
“It was awesome,” Sparrow said. “To look at the joy and excitement in their faces was truly inspirational. It’s very energizing and such a pleasure to be able to present a picture of the future. Those kids are our future, so you feel honoured to be able to inspire vision in the kids.”
Afterwards Sparrow and Miche joined students in the school’s sandbox for more construction work.
“The presentation to the children was very inspiring,” said Queneesh Principal Christine VanderRee. “We had already noticed the impact on their play in the sandbox as the children attempted to create their own construction sites. Since the visit, they have begun to notice even more details of construction and the people involved, from our neighbouring field.
“We see this inspiration in their play, writing, drawing and reading choices. Thanks for your thoughtful, age appropriate presentation.”
Sparrow and Miche brought a hospital construction presentation to the school’s grade 4-7 intermediate Montessori class in March 2015.

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Taking questions

Sand box supervisors