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"When I am outdoors and close to nature it makes me
feel instantly at peace and completely relaxed; you don't
need to worry about anything in this moment or think
about the need to balance any debits or credits."

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ver the past 33 years, Al Leiman has made significant contributions to the public education system through his employ by the Interlake School
Division and as a MASBO member. In addition
to his finance and management expertise, many may not be
aware that he is also a masterful photographer. A few years
ago, he started sharing some of his stunning wildlife photos with his MASBO colleagues at a time when the MASBO
Executive was trying to reimagine how to recognized longterm members upon their retirements. Up until then, the
longstanding practice was to present a retiring member with a
plaque and although that was very nice, most long-time active
members typically had multiple plaques recognizing various
contributions to the organization. The presentation of one of
Al's wildlife pictures has proven to be a natural fit and has
now become part of a new MASBO tradition.
Al's passion for photography began while taking courses
in high school and since then his camera or video camera has
always been with him to capture important family moments
and scenic landscapes. Over the past decade, Al expanded his
hobby and began taking pictures of animals and birds. He has
not only developed a passion for it but has truly demonstrated
how talented he is at wildlife photography.
"When I am outdoors and close to nature it makes me feel
instantly at peace and completely relaxed; you don't need
to worry about anything in this moment or think about the
need to balance any debits or credits," says Al, who often
spends time in the Whiteshell and has travelled to Churchill
to pursue his art. His favourite place to date for exploring his
photography is Yellowstone National Park. Each location has
something unique to offer and has expanded his photography
collection with multiple wildlife images of black bears, polar
bears, arctic and red foxes, beluga whales, loons, owls, and
other birds.
It really takes your breath away when you first look at Al's
picture of a white snowy owl in flight. It is a special thing to
capture an owl in flight while it is also looking at the camera,
Al notes. This image is the first that Al graciously agreed to
allow MASBO to use as the recognition gift for our retiring
life members. To recognize these members with such a special
homegrown acknowledgement has proven to be very personal
and even somewhat emotional for the recipients.
While capturing the winter migration of the Great Grey,
Snowy White and Short-Eared owls in Manitoba, Al snapped
what has become another MASBO favorite - a Short-Eared
owl perfectly centered, perched on a tree stump, and, again,
looking directly at the camera. This picture has now made

its way into another MASBO tradition in recognizing longstanding member retirements.
On a typical day, Al likes to get out as early in the day as
possible before sun-up (the "Golden Hour" as it is called in the
photography world) to try and get the morning light, which
is the first hour and a half after sun rise. The morning is the
best time to capture animals and birds that are out on the
hunt looking for food. Often, he will spend a full day outdoors
scouting for new animals to photograph. Unfortunately, the
day can go by without capturing one worthy shot, which has
taught Al great patience; his wife, however, is less likely to
join in on those long days!
As for Al's photography aspirations, he wants to explore the
B.C. coast to look for grizzly bears during the salmon run or
even to photograph a spirit bear. He would love to go on an
African safari hunt, spend a couple of months in Yellowstone
National Park, and travel the United States to explore new
environments. One of his goals is to photograph a pack of
wolves; they are nocturnal animals, very intelligent, and
often difficult to find.
To take great photos, Al says that really good equipment is
needed. For camera gear, he uses all Nikon cameras including
a D500 and D5 which are top-of-the-line and have excellent
sensors for taking sharp pictures. He also has two go-to lenses,
a 500MM prime lens and a 200-400MM lens. This setup is specifically for wildlife photography and allows him to photograph
his subject from a distance without spooking the animal or
bird. He can then crop the image afterwards with software on
his computer at home. When he is hiking, Al usually takes a
tripod to get better stability for the cameras. He has dedicated
a room in his home as his designated "camera room."
It is no surprise that with such dedication and talent, Al has
received accolades for some of his pictures taken in Churchill.
His daughter entered one of his photos of an arctic fox in a contest; it ended up featured in the Canadian Wildlife Federation's
"Cutest Wildlife" calendar.
Al's involvement with MASBO includes sitting on the
Audit Committee for about 10 years. He served as the Finance
Representative for the Southern/Interlake Region, and he
served two separate terms as a MASBO representative on the
provincial FRAME Review Committee.
Al has been happily married for 37 years to his wife Laura
and has three great children: Courtney, 34; Chrisie, 28; and
Brock, 24.
MASBO is extremely grateful to Al for allowing us to use his
photos to recognize the special contributions of our members.
Thank you, Al!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MASBO News - 2018

MASBO 2017–2018 Executive
2017–2018 Committees
Message from the Minister
Message from the MASBO President
Message from the Executive Director
Honourary/Life Members
MASBO Annual Convention: New Generational Leadership
Member Profile: Al Leiman, Secretary-Treasurer, Interlake School Division
MASBO Says Farewell
Creating an Environment for Change: A Whole School Approach
Reinventing the School Bus Tender Process
The Working Mind & Mental Health First Aid
Amber Trails Community School
New Captain of the Ship? Tips for a Steady Course
Leadership: Finding Your Potential
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
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MASBO News - 2018 - Message from the MASBO President
MASBO News - 2018 - Message from the Executive Director
MASBO News - 2018 - Honourary/Life Members
MASBO News - 2018 - MASBO Annual Convention: New Generational Leadership
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MASBO News - 2018 - Member Profile: Al Leiman, Secretary-Treasurer, Interlake School Division
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MASBO News - 2018 - MASBO Says Farewell
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MASBO News - 2018 - Creating an Environment for Change: A Whole School Approach
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MASBO News - 2018 - Reinventing the School Bus Tender Process
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MASBO News - 2018 - The Working Mind & Mental Health First Aid
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MASBO News - 2018 - Amber Trails Community School
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MASBO News - 2018 - New Captain of the Ship? Tips for a Steady Course
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MASBO News - 2018 - Leadership: Finding Your Potential
MASBO News - 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
MASBO News - 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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