R. Gerard Lester - Documentary
I first have to thank Graham Barey for the generous handoff of Gerard's contact information and image. I'm currently waiting to hear back from Gerard as well as answers to a host of questions regarding his involvement in the NE Alberta community & the non-profit he is involved with running.
I wrote to him via email late last week in order to establish first contact, here is what I wrote to him:
"Hello Mr. Gerard Lester,
My name is Garrett Milojevich and I am a senior majoring in Graphic Design at PSU. I'm currently a part of a Universities Studies Class that has been exploring the NE Alberta area for this past term. My good friends Graham and Melissa who chatted with you a few weeks ago about some of your yard art your wife had made while attending PSU refereed me to you. Graham said you were a really interesting guy to talk to and have a great non-profit you oversee.
I'm interested to know a bit more about you, what you do with your non-profit, and how you are involved in your community since these are the goals of the larger class project. I was hoping to document your involvement in the NE Alberta area as well as other aspects of your life in the goal to build a better understanding of the changes the community is undergoing currently.
If this sounds like something you would be willing to be apart of then I have a series of question I?d like to ask you either through email, over the phone, or in person. Thank you very much for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.
P.S. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions of me as I would be more then happy to answer anything. Thanks again."
I'm hoping to hear back from him as soon as possible. If i don't hear back from him by Friday I will try contacting him by phone.
Great Outdoors Academy - Non Profit/Public Charity
"Adventures in Wilderness and Expeditionary Learning" http://www.greatoutdoorsacademy.org
"Great Outdoors Academy works with young people, creating opportunities for personal expression through writing and expeditionary learning. Our programs promote intellectual and personal development. We help young people build a positive relationship with writing, foster appreciation and respect for the natural world, and promote involvement in a community of peers."
Here is a picture of Gerad's business card, and pamphlet for Great Outdoors Academy. I further plan on offering a pro bono publico graphical redesign of his pamphlet for his time and answers to my questions. I hope maybe this could break the ice between me [a perfect stranger] and him so I can delve a bit deeper into his life and learn more then just what a Q&A would tell me about him.