A regular interview series with a "Campus" focus carried out by Amaranta MacAllister, Gulf Island Secondary School (GISS) student who hopes to pursue a career of film and fine art. This week she catches up with Gleb Kotov, a seventeen-year-old senior student, who moved to Salt Spring Island from Ukraine 2 years ago. We join him in the Gulf Islands Senior Secondary cafeteria over some lunch. He wears a leather jacket and fingerless gloves. His smile is wide and charismatic as we ask him five short questions.
Q. Describe a defining moment in your life.
A. Probably... I was in a plane, and I was going to Canada, and I saw everything changing. The trees, the water. I could feel my life changing.
Q. What brought you to Salt Spring Island?
A. My mom Elena and my stepfather, Ronald, got married. She moved to Salt Spring five years ago, and 2 years after that, she made everything possible to move me here too.
Q. What is your favourite thing about GISS?
A. How kind and open people are here and the, "Ace-It program".
Q. If there was one thing you had to change about the island, what would it be?
A. Islands Trust policy. It isn’t great... I don't know. It doesn't help families or those new to the island. The economic system right now is in bad shape because of Islands Trust.
Q. Which person, alive or dead, do you think would be a good addition to the island, and why?
A. I think it doesn't matter what kind of person the island needs. Everyone just needs to be respectful to each other, and learn from each other.