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A Brief History of G.I.F.T.S.
In the spring of ’95, GIFTS was little more than a dream taking root in the remains of a once active logging camp. Today it’s the creative epicentre of BC’s emerging media makers!
Not your average school, GIFTS practices learning by doing, and boasts a faculty not of teachers but of award-winning media professionals: Nettie Wild, Aerlyn Weissman, Heather Frise, Velcrow Ripper, Gail Noonan, Richard Reeves, Marcus Youssef, George Johnson, Jill Sharpe, and Carmen Aguirre, among others.
GIFTS’ meteor-like ascendancy is partially due to its unique blend of rustic and high tech: students get access to state of the art media production technology while enjoying the peace, quiet and beauty of a lush island locale.
The work produced in this ideal environment has captured the attention and support of: The BC Ministry of Education, ICBC, The National Film Board, IBM, The Directors Guild of Canada, BC Film, BC Hydro, The Creative Peace Network and The Union of BC Performers. TV Networks are also keeping an eye on what’s gong on at GIFTS and are regularly airing student productions. The calibre of the films is also reflected in the over 125 awards that GIFTS productions have landed at national and international Film and Video Festivals in the years.
The doors of opportunity that GIFTS is opening for youth don’t stop here. On the strength of the work produced at GIFTS, numerous grads have gotten into film programs at universities across the country, landed jobs at the BBC, CBC and WTN. Students are now also selling their student productions to webcasters.
UBC Studies GIFTS
GIFTS was recently featured in two UBC studies by Dr. Kit Grauer.
Read the first report by Dr. Grauer. (pdf format)
Read the second report by Dr. Grauer’s team. (pdf format)
Accommodations & Food
GIFTS provides simple, safe meals and accommodations in an idyllic, rural Gulf Island setting.
There are 6 rooms for male students and 6 rooms for female students. Each room can accommodate up to 3 students.
There is one uni-sex bathroom with sink and toilet.
There is one men’s bathroom with sink, toilet and shower
There is one women’s bathroom with sink, toilet and shower
There are also two shower-only facilities
Water: We are on an excellent well which is tested monthly by the Vancouver Island Health Authority. Drinking water is, therefore, always freely available from the tap. It is not our policy to provide bottled water. Food: Snacks: Fruit (Apples, Oranges) & Granola Bars (asst.) are always out; Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate & Fruit Drink are always available; Noodles are usually available with assistance from a staff member. Sample Menu (subject to seasonal adjustments; GIFTS can accommodate most allergies & dietary restrictions): Monday Breakfast: Cold cereal (Honey Os, Corn Flakes, Rice Crisps, Cranberry Crunch Flakes), some sweet cereal (Captain Crunch or Cinnamon Toast Crunch or similar), Granola, Raisins, Cranberries, Milk, Soy or Rice Milk, Yoghurt, Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Toast (Whole Grain, Cinnamon or White), Butter, Jam, Peanut Butter, Orange Juice, Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate (these items are usually out each day for breakfast) plus Hot Cereal (Oatmeal or Red River type) Lunch: Soup, Salad, Rice, Fresh Baked Bread, Butter, Cheese Dinner: Spaghetti with vegetarian tomato vegetable sauce (Meatballs on side) , Garlic Bread, Salad, Meatballs Tuesday Breakfast: Cold Cereals & Toast et al., Pancakes, Syrup Lunch: Hot Dogs or veggie dogs, Whole Grain & White Buns, Toppings, Soup, Salad, Chips Dinner: Bean Burritos or Chili, Salad, Corn Bread, Rice, Sour Cream, Salsa, Chocolate Cake Wednesday Breakfast: Cold Cereals & Toast et al., Toaster Waffles, Syrup Lunch: Quesadillas, Salad, Corn Chips, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Salsa, Soup or Gallo Pinto (Rice & Beans) Dinner: Fish (Cod or Salmon), Baked Potatoes, Sour Cream, Butter, Chives, Salad, Seasonal Vegetables Thursday Breakfast: Cold Cereals & Toast et al., plus Bacon, Eggs, Home Fries Lunch: Grilled Cheese, Salad, Tomato Soup, Cookies Dinner: Pizza (Veggie & Meat), Salad, Vegetables, Fruit crisp Friday Breakfast: Cold Cereals & Toast et al., plus Hot Cereal Lunch: Hamburgers, Toppings (Tomatoes, Lettuce, Cheese, Onions, Catsup, Mustard, Relish, Hot Peppers), Salad, Chips, Fruit Dinner: Baked Chicken or Vegetarian dish (Tofu/Tempe), Fresh salad, potatoes and or rice, Cake or pie Saturday Breakfast: Cold Cereals & Toast et al., plus Muffins Lunch: Macaroni and cheese, Salad, Chips, Fruit Snack: Cookies, coffee, tea, fruit drinks available for students and parents before the screening.
Concession items available for sale usually include: chocolate bars, chips, pop, juice,
popcorn, cookies, hot items (pizza pops &/or burritos) & iced cream novelties.
GIFTS Media Intensive Program & School Credits
We have correlated our curriculum with the IRP’s for the BC’s Media Arts 11, and Film and TV 12.
A completed GIFTS video or game can also act as a portfolio reel, valuable for college or university entrance applications.
For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. Please call (250) 539-5729 or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extended Service Package
G.I.F.T.S. now offers peace of mind to travellers from afar.
We want students to arrive safe and rested, so we are providing an Extended Service Package to make arriving and departing as simple and hassle-free as possible. Long-distance travellers will appreciate the relief this service offers, and parents can be reassured that their teens will arrive safe and sound. Local travellers will appreciate the convenience and comfort.
PICK-UP 1: Vancouver bus/train Terminal, 4:30 PM Sunday, 1150 Station St, close to the Science Centre
PICK-UP 2: Vancouver International Airport, 5:00PM Sunday
Students are delivered to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and board the ferry as foot passengers (ferry fare not included). For Early Teen Week (only) we will have an escort on the ferry to make sure that students feel welcome and get off at the right stop.
An extra overnight stay for easier connections:
Students stay at G.I.F.T.S. for the final Saturday instead of leaving right after the screening, and return to Vancouver on Sunday morning well-rested (dinner and breakfast included).
DROP-OFF 1: Vancouver International Airport, 11:30AM Sunday
DROP-OFF 2: Vancouver bus/train Terminal, NOON Sunday
$150.00 plus GST
FERRY FARE NOT INCLUDED: round trip fare is approximately $24.00 and must be paid by cash or credit card (BC Ferries does not accept debit cards)
Please call (250) 539-5729 or write email@example.com for more details
Student Personal Items
Students are encouraged to leave valuables at home.