Course Planner

I am working towards an Evergreen certificate.  I don’t have to take all the academic courses needed for a Dogwood certificate. These are the courses I will probably take in grade 11 and 12:

Grade 11 Grade 12
Earth science LSC English (x2)
LSC English (x2) LSC math (x2)
LSC math (x2) Photography
Foods PE
PE Work experience
Art metal work ? One more course ?

In grade 11 and 12 I will be Assistant Manager of hot dog day at school. This will give me experience with kitchen skills, time management and math.
I haven’t decided what I want to do after high school but one of the programs I could take is at VCC. It is called Food Service Careers and it is a full time program for students with diverse learning needs. It doesn’t have any academic course requirements.

To get in this program I must have
• a grade 5 reading level
• a diagnosis with difficulties with learning
• good communication skills
• passed two interviews
• passed a hands-on assessment in the teaching kitchen
• good finger and hand dexterity
• a mature and positive attitude

The program is 38 weeks long, full time, and includes 12 weeks of practicum. The tuition is $1560. My mom and dad have money in an RESP to pay for the course.
At the end of the program I will earn FOODSAFE level 1, World Host and Serving it Right certificates and I can work in a restaurant.



One Hundred Pushups


According to the website, “Hundred Pushups is the ultimate program to train the body to go from just one pushup to 100 consecutive reps in less than two months — sculpting muscles in the chest, abs, back, glutes and arms without a single piece of unwieldy equipment.”

First step is the initial test to see how many pushups you can do. This will tell you where to start the fitness program.  Proper form is important:

The 5 step guide to a Perfect Pushup:

  1. Hands: Shoulder-width apart or slightly wider.
  2. Feet: Together at a comfortable spacing. Keep your body in straight line (no sticking your butt in the air).
  3. Face: Look straight ahead or at the ground 10 feet in front of you (don’t look down)
  4. Elbows: Bend your arms until your elbows are at a 90 degree angle (don’t forget to keep them in!).
  5. Arms: Fully extend your arms without locking them out completely.

Once you have done as many pushups as you can, you look at the chart to see your rank.  This tells you how many pushups to do each day. The next day you can start the program. Each day you do the number of pushups it tells you to, taking a 30 second break in between each of five sets.  For the last set you do at least how many it says to. You follow the program 3 days a week for 2 weeks then do another test, make any adjustments in your program, and continue for another 2 weeks.  After 4 weeks you perform another test, make any adjustments, and continue for another 2 weeks, for a total of 6 weeks.

AGE <40 40-55 >55
RANK number of pushups performed
1 0-5 0-5 0-5
2 6-14 6-12 6-10
3 15-29 13-24 11-19
4 30-49 25-44 20-34
5 50-99 45-74 35-64
6 100-150 75-124 65-99
7 >150 >125 >100

My mom and I both decided to take the 100 push up challenge.  For the initial test, I was able to do 12 pushups and my mom did 9 (not “knees pushups”).

This put us both in the Second Rank.  We only did the program for two weeks and then did a second test to see if we could do more pushups than in the initial test.

Here is the program we followed:

Daniel Heather
Initial test 12 9
Week 1 10/12/7/7/9+ 6/6/4/4/5+
Week 2 14/14/10/10/15+ 9/11/8/8/11+
Test 2 14 11

As you can see, after two weeks we did another test and we were both able to do two more pushups than in the initial test.  If we had continued for another four weeks we are sure we would improve, but not sure if we could get up to doing 100.

Even though pushups get your heart working because you are working lots of big muscles, it isn’t really a good exercise to get your heart rate up.  It is more strength training than heart training.

Once you can do a good number of pushups, you should keep doing some when you work out, but it should not be the only exercise you do.

Why Pushups are good for you

Pushups are an easy exercise that doesn’t need any equipment.  It strengthens your arms, legs, chest, back, glutes and abs all at once.


This is a good program for teenagers because you don’t have to go to a gym or need any equipment.  You can do pushups anywhere, for free.

Doctors and Fitness experts agree that pushups are good for you.  They give you:

  • Upper Body Conditioning
  • Core Strength
  • Increased Bone Mass
  • Increased Metabolic Rate

“One of the reasons the push-up has endured so long is it’s cheap, it’s easy, it doesn’t require any equipment, it can work multiple parts of the body at the same time — and pretty much everyone, from beginners to athletes, can derive benefits,” says personal trainer Jonathan Ross, a spokesman for the American Council on Exercise (ACE).



Spring Break travel budget

For Spring Break 2018 I am planning to go to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with 3 of my friends.

We will stay at the Buenaventura Grand Hotel and Spa ( for one week.

This is one of the lower priced hotels on the list from Westjet Vacations (;jsessionid=F5858F1403E03BD9BB8EDF8D5C843451) .

It is an all-inclusive hotel which means that food and drinks are included in the total price. This hotel is a short walk from the downtown area so we will not have to take taxis.

I would like to go on the Outdoor Adventure offered by Vallarta Adventures.  I did this adventure one year ago with my family and I would like to do it again with my friends. The description is here:

I will be able save enough money for this trip from my monthly allowance I earn at home by doing chores like walking my dog, vacuuming, dusting, emptying the dishwasher, weeding and setting/cleaning the table.

Spring Break 2018 Excel Budget breakdown

Tips for a good job interview

  1. Prepare

Research the company


-Speak to others who work there

Research the job


  1. Before you go

Practice answers to interview questions

Dress neatly

Be early 10 or 15 minutes

Bring a copy of your resumé

Good grooming


-Brush hair and teeth

-Wear deodorant

  1. When you walk in

Eye contact

Firm handshake

Speak clearly

Job Seeking

The job I found to apply for:

Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver – West Vancouver, BC
$21 an hour

Cypress Mountain is currently looking for new members to join our team in the Food & Beverage Department. These positions have IMMEDIATE start dates and some pay up to $21/hour – depending on experience! Great mountain perks including FREE skiing/riding!

Positions are both F/T and P/T and transportation is available to/from the mtn (only 25mins from downtown!) Great team environment and plenty of fun! Join our team today in one of the following roles:

*Prep Cook/Dishwasher: An entry-level position that consists of assisting cooks in preparation of all menu items, slicing and portioning of food. Washing and sanitizing of kitchen small wares, dishes and equipment.

My Cover Letter:

Hiring Manager

Cypress Mountain

West Vancouver, BC

V0N 1G0


March 4, 2016

Re: Prep cook / Dishwasher

Dear Hiring Manager

I have spent most of my 16 years interested in food: eating it, cooking it, preparing it.  This interest, along with a strong desire to be part of a team, makes me an excellent fit to work in your kitchen.

I have completed the WorkSafeBC safety course, taken several cooking classes and understand the importance of teamwork in the kitchen. I am currently undertaking some work experience at a local restaurant.

This year I was appointed Assistant Manager of our school’s weekly Hot Dog Day.  This has allowed me to develop some time management skills, as well as budgeting and inventory skills.  Along with other students, I slice and prepare food items for sale.  I maintain cleanliness of our work space and food service area.

I welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the contributions I could make to your team and your customers.  I look forward to hearing from you.


Daniel G


My Resume


North Vancouver, BC


  • To obtain a position in a restaurant kitchen


  • 16 years of loving food
  • Strong desire to learn more about the restaurant industry
  • Recognized as a valuable team member by coaches and teachers
  • Able to quickly build rapport with others in a variety of settings
  • Successfully completed the WorkSafeBC Workplace Safety course
  • Awarded “Most Charismatic Athlete”, Special Olympics BC – North Shore
  • Attentive to order in surroundings
  • Active participant in Special Olympics sports
  • Great sense of humour



Assistant Manager, Hot Dog Day

SUTHERLAND SECONDARY SCHOOL, NORTH VANCOUVER, BC                                      2015 – present

  • Slicing and preparing condiments and food portions
  • Clean and sanitize work surfaces and equipment
  • Prepare and adjust budget for sales and fundraising goals
  • Conduct inventory counts of supplies
  • Purchase supplies bi-weekly



Currently attending Grade 10


Workplace Safety course

WORKSAFEBC                                                                                                                                                                      2016

Babysitting Course

CANADIAN RED CROSS                                                                                                                2014




Steve Darvill

Education Assistant



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