Community Champion celebrates women & the water

Pam Ferris-Olson wants to hear stories from women about the water and share those stories on her website.”I have always been attached to the ocean. My grandfather came from Vinalhaven and Matinicus,” Ferris-Olson said. “The digital stories project encourages people to talk about their experiences with water and how it’s impacted their lives.” She created that project she calls “Women Mind the Water” shortly after moving to Freeport in 2016. Living most of her life along both the East and West coasts, he is passionate about water as both a place to play and protect.” “We adore it, we find inspiration in it and we find respite in it, we find that we need it for food,” Ferris-Olsen said.Over the years, she has amassed dozens of stories and, more recently, adding to the project, a podcast with artists exploring the connection between their art and water.The unifying theme she touts is storytelling. “We connect through those stories and then hopefully by building this community, people will see that their voices are important that they can speak up, speak out and then take action,” she said.It’s the kind of action she hopes will ultimately better help safeguard the oceans. “Referencing how hot it is, the global warming and that the ice is melting.”An artist as well, her mission continues to evolve. She is now also raising money for ocean research through her own line of artworks. “I really hope to do more and when you say I keep evolving, yes, I keep growing because I want to enlarge the ripple and at some point make a significant difference,” she said. It all begins, she says, with getting people, or for this effort, women to express just what water means to their everyday lives. Even if it’s a little inspiration from a simple story. “We all have a responsibility to stand up for the ocean because it is something that we can’t live without,” said Ferris-Olsen.

Pam Ferris-Olson wants to hear stories from women about the water and share those stories on her website.

“I have always been attached to the ocean. My grandfather came from Vinalhaven and Matinicus,” Ferris-Olson said. “The digital stories project encourages people to talk about their experiences with water and how it’s impacted their lives.”

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She created that project she calls “Women Mind the Water” shortly after moving to Freeport in 2016. Living most of her life along both the East and West coasts, he is passionate about water as both a place to play and protect.”

“We adore it, we find inspiration in it and we find respite in it, we find that we need it for food,” Ferris-Olsen said.

Over the years, she has amassed dozens of stories and, more recently, adding to the project, a podcast with artists exploring the connection between their art and water.

The unifying theme she touts is storytelling.

“We connect through those stories and then hopefully by building this community, people will see that their voices are important that they can speak up, speak out and then take action,” she said.

It’s the kind of action she hopes will ultimately better help safeguard the oceans.

“Referencing how hot it is, the global warming and that the ice is melting.”

An artist as well, her mission continues to evolve. She is now also raising money for ocean research through her own line of artworks.

“I really hope to do more and when you say I keep evolving, yes, I keep growing because I want to enlarge the ripple and at some point make a significant difference,” she said.

It all begins, she says, with getting people, or for this effort, women to express just what water means to their everyday lives. Even if it’s a little inspiration from a simple story.

“We all have a responsibility to stand up for the ocean because it is something that we can’t live without,” said Ferris-Olsen.