Sunday, 4 January 2015

Welcome to the Circle!

So the staff here at Shekinah has decided to start a blog! Why you ask? Well the basic idea is that Shekinah is a special place where a lot of interesting and sometimes unusual things happen. We share these experiences amongst ourselves but we also know that there are many Shekinah supporters out there that would probably get a kick out of some of the things that go on here that aren't big enough to make real "news". This is also for us, a chance to express and share our experiences and perspectives, and a record that we can look back on in time to come and reflect on the experiences that have had.

So if you are interested in what is going on follow us by clicking the "follow by email" button and maybe we'll be able to provide you with a bit of entertainment. For now though I thought we would start off with some introductions. I'll begin by introducing myself and the other contributors can do their own dirty work in later posts. So hi, my name is Nick and I am the new executive director here at Shekinah. I have now clocked 2 months here and I feel I have done a lot of introducing of myself. I am not going to replicate the other ones, and if you are interested you can always read the one in the newsletter. So for this I am going to tell you a bit more about myself.

I am originally from South Africa and I grew up in Johannesburg, which if you don't know is a HUGE city. I always knew it was too big for me and that I always looked a bit out of place driving around in vehicles laden with fishing rods and gear while everyone else is on their commute. So I progressively moved to smaller places. My next stop was Galway, Ireland where I hung out for a couple years until I met my wife who dragged me to Rosthern, Saskatchewan. 6.5 years later here I am at Shekinah and I have a confession to make: when I was a kid I always dreamed of having a river in my backyard and so I am here to tell you that dreams do come true!

If there is one thing you need to know about me it is that I am a fishing nut, well fly fishing predominantly but I'll ice fish and try all sorts of other things to try and trick a fish, but I prefer using flies that I have tied myself. This leads me to all sorts of other things I am looking to explore here at Shekinah. Things like figuring out which animals we have roaming about, what birds hang out here and what else is interesting and going on. Aside from that I am excited about seeing things unfold as we progress through the seasons. It's all going to be fairly new for me and so things that I will share will probably be more along those lines, and then again I have no idea where this will go.

Well that's enough rambling from me and so I will sign off for now, but please, follow along and hopefully you'll enjoy what we have to share.

God Bless,



  1. Nick. Thanks, and we wish you, Christy and the staff a fabulous 2015 . . . With a bit of fishing time between crisis.

  2. Darn phone misspelled Chrissy and crises.

  3. Thanks George! Hopefully more fishing than crises!

  4. Thanks Nick! Great space for stories. I look forward to many more, no pressure ;) -Denise M.

  5. And thx to you and your family also for joining the Shekinah family! We are very happy to welcome you!