Canada is next stop for cap­tain

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Sey­mour Col­lege prin­ci­pal Gail Hard­man with the 2018 cap­tains Ash­leigh Butcher and Max Hooper, and as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Derek Rimes.

Next stop for Sey­mour Col­lege 2018 fe­male cap­tain Ash­leigh Butcher is Canada.

More specif­i­cally, Camp Yowochas, just west of Ed­mon­ton in Al­berta Prov­ince in the mid­dle of the coun­try, as part of a gap year.

It will be a far cry — and a fair dis­tance — from her most re­cent gig since fin­ish­ing Year 12.

That ad­ven­ture took her to out­back South Aus­tralia and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory work­ing with in­dige­nous youth as part of the MusiKarma pro­gram.

MusiKarma cre­ates pro­grams and ini­tia­tives us­ing mu­sic as a cat­a­lyst for en­gag­ing and men­tor­ing young peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly those who may be dis­ad­van­taged due to their life cir­cum­stances.

Through writ­ing songs, cre­at­ing video­clips and record­ing them like the pro­fes­sion­als, MusiKarma’s or­gan­iser Adam Thomp­son said con­fi­dence, self-be­lief and hope were in­spired — leav­ing a last­ing legacy and mem­o­ries that echoed long af­ter the mu­sic faded.

‘‘I first got in­volved with this group in 2015 as a par­tic­i­pant and soon af­ter I re­ceived a call from Adam ask­ing me to re­turn as a leader,’’ Ms Butcher said.

‘‘It is a re­ward­ing role and the pro­gram I have been work­ing with is Mu­soMagic, which is de­signed to unite, en­gage, mo­ti­vate and em­power groups of all ages through the magic of song.

‘‘Other kids tell us this pro­gram changed their ideas about what could be pos­si­ble for them — and what’s more em­pow­er­ing than that?’’

Yowochas is a sum­mer camp where Ms Butcher will be a leader, work­ing with le­gions of young Cana­di­ans em­brac­ing the outdoors life­style for the sum­mer hol­i­days.

‘‘That runs from April un­til Septem­ber and I ex­pect it to be a bit of an eye­opener as I have not done much over­seas travel,’’ Ms Butcher said.

‘‘When I get back I will be do­ing more work in out­back ar­eas un­til the uni­ver­sity year starts.

‘‘I have ap­plied for a science/in­ter­na­tional af­fairs de­gree at Monash and will hear about that in the mid­dle of this month.

‘‘I am very com­mit­ted to chal­lenges such as cli­mate change and would like to work in that area af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

‘‘There is also a course in ad­vanced science (global chal­lenges) which re­ally in­ter­ests me.’’

With an ATAR of 82 cov­er­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal science, bi­ol­ogy, English, fur­ther maths and psy­chol­ogy (with a fast­tracked hos­pi­tal­ity Cert II from Year 11) Ms Butcher looks set to achieve her dreams.

‘‘I’m su­per-ex­cited about Canada con­sid­er­ing how much I love the en­vi­ron­ment and love learn­ing about dif­fer­ent cul­tures,’’ she said.

‘‘The dream is to have a ca­reer em­pow­er­ing peo­ple to take ac­tion against cli­mate change — and I love sus­tain­abil­ity in the en­vi­ron­ment.’’


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