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Sharks: A Dive Into Information and Conservation

by Isabelle Brousseau

Project Details

Project dates
01/08/2023
Location
Halifax, NS

Nikki McIntyre

Collaborator

An informative notebook about the importance of shark conservation in Nova Scotia!

Project Description

My project was centred around researching, writing, and publishing a book dedicated to marine conservation. I am intensely passionate about the conservation of shark species, so I thought I would further develop my knowledge of them through this project. In my book I discussed different shark species and where in the world they’re located, as well as how we can play a part in advocating for their rights and create real change to benefit this crucial creatures. I illustrated numerous drawings of lemon sharks, whale sharks, and more, as well as formatted the book! I was able to give out my books to many interested people, and send a couple of books to libraries as well.

What was your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge was time management, and becoming my own leader in my book-writing process. I had a marvellous support group at Youth to Sea, with many friends and leaders who uplifted my ideas, although it was still challenging to section off my time accordingly. I had to balance an abundance of school work and create my own deadlines for researching and artwork, while ensuring I was giving it my very best efforts. All of this navigating ultimately helped me become a better leader in my own life, and helped sharpen my independence when taking on big projects. I eventually found working on my own timetable to be great fun, and I had a beyond terrific time compiling shark information and writing my book. This project really strengthened my writing skills too, and I got to fulfill my dream of publishing a book!

What was your most valuable takeaway?

My most valuable takeaway was, as cliche as it sounds, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Through Youth to Sea I was able to share my knowledge of the importance of sharks in ocean ecosystems. I learnt more about how we can create change for sharks and our oceans, and dramatically improved my confidence in my writing abilities. It was my very first time writing a non-fiction book, especially one about a creature I love so greatly. I put time and dedication into my project and was able to accomplish it, with the amazing help of Youth To Sea handling editing and printing and loads more. It was an incredible opportunity to grow and pursue a dream I never thought I could have. This project also helped me realize that I want to dedicate my career to ocean conservation!

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