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Project Details

Jocelyn Whalen

Project Lead

Emily Shier


An educational book about salmon migration in Canada.

Project Description

The Great Journey is an educational book about salmon migration in Canada. It is written by Jocelyn Whalen, illustrated by Emily Shier and published by Ocean Wise. The Great Journey was written to educate the public about salmon migration in Canada and human influences.

Biggest Challenge

Emily: Biggest challenge was pulling the book together and keeping momentum going to create a final product. However, we had biweekly check-ins beyond simply meeting with our mentor but with each other to keep each other on track. The other challenge is to distribute the books, which we are currently doing by having a book launch and contacting local libraries etc.

Jocelyn: I had the idea to create this book around four years ago but I didn’t know how. Ocean Wise made it happen and I’m so grateful for their support.

Valuable Takeaway

Emily: My most valuable take away is that you can do anything you put your mind to and succeed. You are enough. When I entered the Ocean Bridge program I had really low self-esteem and I didn’t think that I could complete a single project, but I connected with Jocelyn and made a ton of friends, and now have illustrated a book.

Jocelyn: Community service projects are the best! Community is so important and there so many wonderful and supportive people in the world. You can literally do anything you put your mind to. Nothing is unattainable.

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