Last night I attended the Native Education Colleges(NEC) Gala and was a representative for the Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts Progarm(NCJA). I was happy to come and demonstrate my craft and I love meeting people and sharing my passion.After an hour of showcasing the NCJA Program it was on to the main event in the beautiful NEC entrance and lobby. The welcoming song by Jeff Dan, Musqueam Nation set the stage for the rest of the evening. It was heart warming to hear about all the award recipients and their stories. I really connected to a lot of what they said and some of them had me tearing up.
The end of the night was the closing of the silent auction and the 50/50 draw to raise funds for aboriginal education. It really makes me happy to be able to contribute my work to events like this and raise money for NEC a college that has given me so much. I remember meeting my instructor Robert Tait two years ago at an Open Longhouse where NEC was showcasing there programs to the public and asking him so many questions about the tools on display and wanting to learn more. I left with a booklet of past graduates of the program with their work and a desire to learn how to make beautiful shiny treasures like them. I'm so proud to be a NEC Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts Progarm graduate.