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She's helped foster creativity in thousands of young Cantabrians. Now retired kindy teacher Dot Lovell-Smith is exploring her own creative interests. And she finds herself on an important environmental crusade at the same time.
Since retiring, Dot's taken on a Bachelor of Design in Visual Arts. Now in her final year, she's focusing her study on conservation and environmental issues. Her work looks at the exploitation and pollution of Canterbury's water by the dairy industry.
Concerned about the rapid increase in dairy farming and the impact this is having on the environment (and especially water pollution in Canterbury) she's expressing herself through her art.
"My art work has been designed to stimulate discussion. It started from the realisation that Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, an ecological treasure in our region, has the distinction of being the most polluted lake in New Zealand."
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.
One of our former kindergarten teachers is doing Bachelor of Design and focussing on the pollution caused by dairy farming.
Children gain a better sense of who they are through understanding the world around them.
That's why so many of our kindys share Dot's passion for the environment.
Kidsfirst children learn and have great fun looking after burgeoning vege patches, potted herbs, worm farms, rainwater tanks and recycling.
And some of our kindergartens are also Enviroschools, having met the strict accreditation criteria.