“We wanted to go back,” said Director of Island Services Douglas Cornman. “Last year was our first year” at the Forum Trade Show. “We connected with fishermen and fishermen’s families who had relationships with the Sunbeam — whether it was Sunbeam V or Sunbeam IV, and in some cases, even Sunbeam III — and it was fantastic to reconnect with these families, whether they were on islands we don’t visit regularly, or in coastal towns and villages,” said Director Douglas Cornman.
“It was a great opportunity to build awareness and educate people on what the boat’s currently doing. How we’re using telemedicine, telehealth, and island outreach.”
The Sunbeam V crew will have a booth at the Trade Show. “Our display this year will be our current literature on the Seacoast Mission, on what’s happening at the Mission’s Downeast Campus in Cherryfield, and what’s happening on the outer islands,” said Douglas.
“We are going to have the laptop with the videos. Sunbeam V Captain Mike Johnson has also put together a slide show of past images of Sunbeams, the current Sunbeam. Each day — Friday and Saturday — we’ll have boat crew and boat staff available. So people can ask questions about the Sunbeam itself, or questions about the programs offered from the boat. There’ll be a boat person and a program person at our table each day,” said Douglas Cornman
Cherryfield, ME – The Mission’s EdGE Downeast Campus Family Fun Day is still on for Saturday, Feb. 18th! We’ll have plenty of snow. The ice rink is frozen, and we have plenty of trails for families to explore while on the scavenger hunts! 1pm to 4pm. We hope to see lots of families!
Cherryfield, ME — Downeast Campus Director Wendy Harrington sends this photo and news item: On Tuesday February 14, the front door to the Downeast Campus Center is piled high with snow but the path to the Food Pantry door is shoveled and ready to serve customers. We want to make sure people can get to the pantry on the days between the recent snow storms.
For Maine island residents, accessing even the most basic health care is a significant challenge. Not every island has daily ferry service, and a trip to the mainland, when possible, is expensive and time consuming.
In response, the Mission offers personal care, modern technology, and educational services. Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, R.N., meets with islanders on the Sunbeam V and in their homes, and keeps in touch between Sunbeam trips via phone/internet. The Sunbeam is equipped with state-of-the-art telemedicine facilities so islanders can have virtual office visits with doctors on the mainland.
Douglas Cornman, Director of Island Outreach, brings performers and artists to the islands, offers opportunities for worship and spiritual development, and instigates island-wide events such as suppers and sports activities.
Island Outreach activities augment the work of small island schools, and a year-round program prepares 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for the transition to mainland high schools—few islands have their own high school. The Mission publishes the Island Reader, an annual collection of writing and visual art created by island residents.
As a mental health counselor and certified dance/movement therapist with years of experience as a clinician and clinical administrator, Director of Island Outreach Cornman also works closely with Sharon Daley, Director of Island Health, to support the mental wellness needs of island residents and their isolated communities. He responds to islander requests for spiritual support and development, whether through the islands’ churches or other means, including discussion or meditation groups.