ROCKPORT, ME — Maine Seacoast Mission spent last weekend at the 45th Maine Fishermen’s Forum. The Sunbeam crew and Mission President John Zavodny, took turns at the Mission booth, reconnecting with old friends, and meeting plenty of new ones. The accompanying photo shows (L-R) Sunbeam Engineer Storey King, Island Health Services Director Sharon Daley, RN, and President Zavodny.
The Mission booth highlighted the Sunbeam crew’s work among island unbridged communities. The Forum was also an opportunity for the Mission to provide informational updates on the Sunbeam‘s routine major refit.
Sunbeam crew member and Island Outreach Director/Chaplain Douglas Cornman will be on hand Thursday, March 5th. Engineer Storey King, Island Health Services Director Sharon Daley, RN and Mission President John Zavodny are at the Mission’s display table on Friday, March 6th. Captain Mike Johnson, Boat Steward Jillian, and Mission Director of Development Chris Stelling are at the display table on Saturday, March 7th.
BAR HARBOR, ME — Come visit the Maine Seacoast Mission Sunbeam V booth today at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum
Yesterday at the Forum, Mission President John Zavodny was speaking with the Mission’s Island Health Director Sharon Daley, Peggy Akers (University of Southern Maine College of Nursing’s Casco Bay Fishing and Island Partnership), Ann Backus of Harvard-T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Akers and Backus both collaborate with Daley on ways to promote Maine islanders’ health.
“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