The Mission’s Island Outreach programs enrich and enliven island life year-round.
Douglas Cornman, Director of Island Outreach, collaborates with island residents to address the challenges associated with living in remote and isolated communities. He offers opportunities for worship and spiritual development, brings performers and artists to the islands, and instigates island-wide events such as suppers and sports activities.
Island Outreach activities augment the work of small island schools, and a year-round program prepares 6th, 7th, and 8th graders for the transition to mainland high schools—few islands have their own high school. The Mission publishes the Island Reader, an annual collection of writing and visual art created by island residents.
Douglas Cornman also works closely with Sharon Daley, Director of Island Health, to support the mental wellness needs of island residents and their isolated communities. He visits islanders in their homes and responds to islander requests for spiritual support and development, whether through the islands’ churches or other means such as discussion or meditation groups.
Here is the Sunbeam’s schedule for Island Outreach and Island Health Services. Douglas Cornman also visits remote islands via ferry, without the Sunbeam.