Kevin Pauley – Family

by Community Forests International on December 22, 2013

When Kevin isn't at sea working as a marine biologist, he is back in rural New Brunswick working away on all manner of interesting things. I caught up with CFI's unofficial mechanic, engineer and general “game saver”  to explore what inspires him to keep helping us out… no matter how strange the request.


Q: What are some projects you have helped CFI with in the past?

I don’t keep track of them, I just look forward to the next one (laughing). That’s the way I look at it. It’s always interesting.


Q: We learned DIY from you. Where did you learn it?

I guess you could say it’s a family tradition. My grandfather was a fishermen and my family worked in the woods and ran a mill. Back then, if you needed it, you had to make it yourself. They made everything… including their boats.


Q: You work out at sea, on a vessel hundreds of kilometers from anything. How does being resourceful play into your work?

I am fortunate enough to work with people who continue to think out of the box. They keep the ball rolling and I keep learning. Instead of watching someone carve a needle to mend fishing nets, now I see people reprogram intricate computer code on sensitive data collecting equipment.


Q: Why do you think it’s important to try and fix things?

It’s an opportunity to learn something new! Then you can share that with others, and we all get to learn and move on to the next thing. You end up learning a lot about yourself in the process. Oftentimes it takes courage to go beyond what you think you can do. But, there are people to help you along. It’s not up to you to do it alone.


Always up for a challenge, Kevin has designed and fabricated CFI's yurt rings, tinkered away on intricate mechanical parts and helped us successfully problem-solve our way out of spending way too much money. Thanks for all your help. You’re an inspiration to us all.

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