Building Boats Changing Lives

Building Safe Spaces and Small Craft, a film produced by Shane Theunnisen at MSVU just won “Best Writer Canadian Films” at the 300 Second Short Film Festival. Learn more about this progam on the MSVU website

“Building Boats, Changing Lives” presented by Alion Canada is an opportunity for groups to experience our shared maritime history in a hands-on community based learning environment. In the span of three days groups create a Bevin's Skiff learning marine craftsmanship and forging connections with one another in the time-honoured tradition of boat-building.


In June, Eamonn Doorly the master boatbuilder from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, led a boat building workshop with students from Pictou Landing First Nation. He teamed up with Dr. Christine McLean and Dr. Shane Theunissen, two Mount St. Vincent faculty members who specialize in Child and Youth Studies, and together with the wonderful students, this short film captures some of the magic that occurred.