It is also vitally important in the school and college environment for teachers and staff to have an awareness and understanding of chronic conditions such as Crohn’s. Much to my dismay, some teachers at my school still fail to realise or understand the impact of the condition as it affects me. I have had to face, amongst other things, very insensitive remarks such as that I should find the energy to study and that if I cannot cope with my A Levels, how will I cope at University. However, my parents, consultants and I persevere in our attempts to educate the school as to how unpredictable Crohn’s Disease can be and the impact that it can have on my daily life.
Coal Harbour is the name for a section of Burrard Inlet lying between Vancouver, Canada's downtown peninsula and the Brockton Peninsula of Stanley Park. It has also now become the name of the neighbourhood adjacent to its southern shoreline. It is a charming mix of business and residential, being home to both the Vancouver Convention Centre as well as condo towers. Around this area you’ll find locals and visitors mingling on the sea wall, neighbourhood cafes and restaurants, a popular marina, and the odd harbour seal bobbing around and greeting passersby.
Coal Harbour is now a pleasant residential area where plenty of glass skyscrapers along the waterfront give residents a great view over its marina and the Burrard Inlet Harbour towards the mountains surrounding the city. The discovery of coal in the harbour in 1862 inspired the name. In the days when the area along West Pender Street was an upper-class residential district, Coal Harbour was known as Blueblood Alley because of the many large mansions along it.
Much of Coal Harbour consists of seawall pathways and the only hustle and bustle you’ll find here is from cyclists, runners, and floatplanes taking off. The northwestern section near Stanley Park features picturesque parkland, private marinas, several rowing and boating clubs, high-end shoppes and restaurants, and a community centre designed by architect Gregory Henriquez. To the east is Deadman's Island, the site of the naval station and museum HMCS Discovery, where the harbour itself opens up to the Burrard Inlet. Towards the Financial District in the southeast, the neighbourhood is dominated by high-rise office buildings, hotels and numerous apartment towers. Immediately south lies Vancouver's Luxury Zone along Alberni Street.