From the time Sean Fredriksen was a baby until he moved to Vancouver Island in 1995, travelling over the Rocky Mountains between BC and his birthplace of Calgary, Alberta, was a regular summer event. “My parents had a cabin in Bowser, south of Courtenay, and the family spent every July there, fishing,” he said. When the time came, it was Sean’s love of fishing that brought him to the West Coast.
Sean, who joined Marine Harvest in 2009 after a career as a sports fishing guide, started as a deckhand on workboats. He enjoyed it but wanted to be closer to the fish. When an opportunity for a farm site position came up, Sean applied and shortly after, started at Midsummer, then moved to Larsen Island, and then to Swanson Island, where he’s currently a Farm Technician. “At Swanson, we pay attention to details and I like that. I love being on the
water and watching the fish grow”.
Sean and his wife Denise, who have been married for three years and have a blended family with three kids, live north of Courtenay in the Dove Creek area. They own and operate Wildwood Stables, one of the few full-care horse boarding and indoor arena equestrian centres in the Comox Valley. Denise is a hunter/jumper trainer and the Centre also regularly hosts clinics, events and arena rental.
Sean’s enjoyment of the outdoors and fishing in particular, as well as his interest and talent in drawing has led him on a new adventure – he’s now a published author. “I use India ink and pastels,” he explains, adding that a fishing trip with his youngest son was the inspiration for a series of sketches. “My youngest son went to school and told his friends that his step-dad had written a book about him,” explains Sean. After that, he wrote the story and chose to self-publish through Xlibris in 2010.
Check out Sean’s book, Fish Like Me. Customers world-wide have bought Sean’s book and an e-book version will be available next year. In the meantime, Fish Like Me will be part of an LA-based book expo in February. Sean is currently working on a second book about his step-daughter and her horse.