Posted by: marineharvestcanada | July 13, 2009

Hatchery tech sees life through unique lens

Real LaChanceReal (pronounced “Ray-al”) Lachance feels fortunate to be “working on 10 years” at United Hatchery as a Technician, a job he adores because it allows him to combine his enjoyment of the outdoors and his love of animals. “They (the hatchery) needed people to pick eggs,” Real said recently, adding that this temporary job worked into a full-time, permanent position.

Born in Quebec City and now living on-site at the hatchery south of Courtenay on Vancouver Island, Real has been on the West Coast for 31 years, including six years spent in Abbotsford, working on a mink farm. Married to Fedelin, who calls herself Fe, the couple has four kids.

Visual arts has always been a love of Real’s, going back to his childhood when he watched his dad work in the family’s darkroom at home. Photography is still very much a part of his life. Armed with his Canon Rebel, Real is currently “getting into bird photography now”. A big part of this is the outdoor bird studio he’s designing. Complete with lush ivy as background and a bird feeder, Real is able to get close up shots as the “birds come to pose for me for free instead of having to chase them through the bush!” Another way Real cultivates his artistic side is through the creation of postcards that he sells on his website, www.reallachancepostcards.com/. Specializing in cruise ships, trains and other forms of transportation, “they’re selling like crazy,” Real commented, particularly in Europe.

By Gina Forsyth

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