David Vine – Founder and Principle Boat Builder

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’s History – As Told By David Vine

A dream realized. 12 years ago I was fortunate enough to happen upon a family boat building opportunity in Brooklyn, Maine, a lobstering town of 824 on the east coast of the United States. My own children were 9 and 15 at the time. We borrowed my father’s car and headed east. 17 hours later we ran out of road and arrived at our destination where the three of us would build memories together that would last a lifetime. That ol’ boat still leans up against a tree in our yard, as a reminder of the bonds we formed that week, while still getting dropped in the pond from time to time, whenever the nostalgia stirs within us. As a woodworker, and boat builder, and teacher, and father, I vowed that one day I would bring this same community opportunity to the families of the London-Middlesex region, to afford others the same gift I received a dozen years ago. Join us at Stem2Stern for a rare opportunity as we continue to build lifetime memories, one boat at a time.

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