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FOCUS - FEBRUARY 2016 3 For Stephen Rensink the ute has a deeply spiritual significance. Flutes are among the earliest instruments known to man and appear in virtually all civilizations and cultures he says There is something quite mystical in the sound of this ancient instrument. Stephen now makes utes under the name Makwa and his instruments are well known and in demand across the entire continent. Stephen was born and raised in Scugog. In 1977 he graduated from Port Perry High School and went on to Queens University and began his career as a teacher in Alberta before returning to Ontario to take a position with the York Region District School Board. After completing a Masters degree in Curriculum Design he was seconded to take part in the boards Character Matters a development initiative that provides support for students and sta in several aspects of character development and related curriculum design. In this role he travelled North America Europe and Africa presenting workshops and aiding in program design. Several years ago during a Symposium on First Nations and Indigenous Peoples organized by the YRDSB he met David Bouchard an internationally acclaimed best selling Aboriginal author motivational speaker and member of the Metis community. Davidsuseofauteduringhispresentation mesmerized Stephen. After meeting Bouchard magic flutes Stephen Rensink maker of ...................... Please turn to page 4