About

“I build boats! What’s your Superpower?”

Stem2Stern is a community boat building social enterprise created to achieve social and environmental outcomes. Established in London, Ontario in 2018, we work primarily with elementary and high school age youth to build, row and sail the Bevin’s Skiff, a boat originally conceived to educate the public about the great pleasure of building. We are truly a Community/Family experience.


Click on the link below to view the media coverage of our maiden launch at the Fanshawe Yacht Club and Sailing School in London, Ontario!

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David Vine – Stem2Stern Founder and Principal Boatbuilder

David Vine is the founder and principal boat builder of Stem2Stern. He established the social enterprise in the summer of 2018 after a lifetime of educating young people in the craft of woodworking. David understands the value of an exposure to the trades in rounding out the life experiences of today’s young people. He is responsible for directly training the participants in the construction of the wooden boats, as well as working with the funders and other support groups who help launch the boats once completed. David previously ran several successful programs leading up to the founding of S2S – a group of FNMI boys in partnership with the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, a group of elementary school children with the Thames Valley District School Board, and a group of at-risk grade 10 students in partnership with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority. David holds an Administrative and Commercial Studies degree from Western University, obtained his Certification of Qualification in Industrial Woodworking from Humber College, and also holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Western University. As a father, a teacher, and a woodworker, David has spent his life outdoors in a boat, on his motorcycle, in a tent, on his bicycle, and making maple syrup.


Stem2Stern and Covid-19:
Our Social Enterprise has weathered the storm in 2020 running a strong summer program with the launch of three vessels!

• Planning is underway for the 2020-2021 season.
• Stringent Covid-19 protocols are in place.
• S2S continues working hard to provide a safe environment for all participants.
• Use the “Contact” tab to have a staff member answer your questions and learn about the programs offered at Stem2Stern.
• Sign up for a workshop to reserve your space!

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