As some of you have noticed, OrcaLab’s web site has undergone a makeover, thanks to our daughter Anna, who has given it a new look, and made access to current and past stories, campaigns and information easier.
Anna came to Hanson Island when she was 5 days old, and spent most of the first 17 years of her life there. She was educated on Hanson Island, being taught by her mum Helena, then via correspondence, and meanwhile learning about computers by herself. She quickly became our computer expert and an invaluable assistant, designing and maintaining our web site www.orcalab.org among many contributions.
Anna spent summers into the fall at “CP” during the years we were streaming live video, operating the computers and cameras that kept Orca-live www.orca-live.net running. She was often there by herself, once into December. After each season she edited the video recordings to produce the highlights DVDs that are a treasure of memories.
In 1997 Anna participated in Corky’s Freedom Banner tour of Europe. The following year she decided to leave Hanson Island so she could finish high school in Victoria. After coming back home, she travelled in Europe by herself. In 2002 she left again, to study photography at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, graduating in 2006. Subsequently, Anna and her school friend Kasia Stromecki founded Gucio Photography (www.guciophotography.com). Their photography business specializes in weddings and portraits, and is establishing a great reputation in a very competitive field.
Anna’s own wedding was a wonderful occasion that brought her and her husband Tony, along with dear friends and family to Hanson Island.
We do miss Anna’s constant presence in our lives, but value the times we still have together, and are deeply grateful for the help she continues to give us and the whales.
HUGE thanks Anna!