Ontario Parks Celebrates Top Summer Students

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Ontario and Ontario Parks’ corporate partners are recognizing outstanding student employees working at provincial parks with bursary awards to support their postsecondary education.

Forty students will be celebrated for their hard work, unparalleled service and leadership in natural resources management through the Ontario Parks Partners’ Bursary Awards. Corporate partners will present top summer staff with $500 bursaries to apply toward their college or university tuition.

Ontario continues to support employers and businesses across the province and help create good jobs for youth. Through Ontario Parks’ summer employment program, the province provides more than 1,600 students with jobs in provincial parks every year. The program offers training and valuable work experience to help youth build a solid foundation for their future success.

Creating summer employment opportunities for students is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The annual Ontario Parks Partners’ Bursary Award is now in its 17th year.
  • The awards are presented by the province, Ontario Parks and corporate partners.
  • Ontario is investing $250 million over the next two years in the renewed Youth Jobs Strategy to serve up to 150,000 more youth.
  • Ontario is implementing an integrated Ontario Highly Skilled Workforce Strategy, which will build on the strength of the province’s skills, education and training systems to prepare Ontario’s current and future workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
  • With over 50 types of jobs available in over 100 operating parks, there are many career opportunities waiting to be explored in Ontario Parks.
  • There are over 330 provincial parks in Ontario, covering more than 8-million hectares — larger than Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined.
  • In 2015, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 9.8 million visits from people around the world and brought in over $80 million in revenue, which supports jobs and businesses across the province.

 

“I would like to thank our partners for their ongoing support and congratulate the 40 students who are receiving bursary awards this year. Ontario Parks’ summer students do an exceptional job protecting nature and providing a memorable experience for our visitors. These awards recognize recipients for their leadership, hard work and commitment this past summer and I want to congratulate them on their success.” – Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

This year’s Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Award recipients are:

 

 

 

Student Name

 

Home Town

 

Provincial Park/Office

 

School Attending

 

1

 

Lina Vermeer

 

Massey

 

Algonquin

 

Trent University

 

2

 

Emily Gillespie

 

Whitby

 

Algonquin

 

University of Waterloo

 

3

 

Jacob Thompson

 

Madoc

 

Algonquin

 

University of Guelph

 

4

 

Wesley Hornby

 

Kearney

 

Algonquin Zone Office

 

Carleton University

 

5

 

Rachel Miller

 

Huntsville

 

Arrowhead

 

University of Ottawa

 

6

 

Douglas Hodgins

 

Oro-Medonte

 

Awenda

 

University of British Columbia

 

7

 

Emily Knights

 

Lindsay

 

Balsam Lake

 

Fanshawe College

 

8

 

McKayla Hann

 

Orillia

 

Bass Lake

 

McMaster University

 

9

 

Kira Kuzemchuk

 

Dryden

 

Blue Lake

 

Queen’s University

 

10

 

Colin Murton

 

Midland

 

Bon Echo

 

McMaster University

 

11

 

Nicole Bucik

 

Burlington

 

Bronte Creek

 

Queen’s University

 

12

 

Owen Donkers

 

Stayner

 

Craigleith

 

Fleming College

 

13

 

Trisha Baker

 

Peterborough

 

Emily

 

Fleming College

 

14

 

Savannah Dee

 

Harrowsmith

 

Frontenac

 

St Lawrence College

 

15

 

Lisa Harrington

 

Brechin

 

Grundy Lake

 

Lakehead University

 

16

 

Megan Vezina

 

Foleyet

 

Ivanhoe Lake

 

Laurentian University

 

17

 

Kelly Maki

 

Kakabeka Falls

 

Kakabeka Falls

 

Carleton University

 

18

 

Melissa Crawford

 

Toronto

 

Killarney

 

University of Guelph

 

19

 

Amanda Kiersnowski

 

Toronto

 

Killbear

 

Humber College

 

20

 

Tyler Black

 

Scarborough

 

Lake Superior

 

Nipissing University

 

21

 

Mitchell Jackson

 

Blackstock

 

Main Office

 

Carleton University

 

22

 

Caroline Beddoe

 

Ottawa

 

Marten River

 

Acadia University

 

23

 

Briana Clark

 

South River

 

Mikisew

 

University of Waterloo

 

24

 

Haleigh Conway

 

Midhurst

 

Neys

 

University of Ottawa

 

25

 

Dalton Cain

 

Vienna

 

Port Burwell

 

Fanshawe College

 

26

 

Tye Lamothe

 

North Bay

 

Restoule

 

College Boreal

 

27

 

Hannah Beach

 

Oxford Mills

 

Rideau River

 

St Lawrence College

 

28

 

Karly Michaud

 

Mattawa

 

Samuel de Champlain

 

Canadore College

 

29

 

Brittany Williams

 

Peterborough

 

Sandbanks

 

Fleming College

 

30

 

Jamie Thompson

 

Ignace

 

Sandbar Lake

 

University of Ottawa

 

31

 

Cody Bassindale

 

Simcoe

 

Selkirk

 

Mohawk College

 

32

 

Suzanne Allison

 

Parham

 

Sharbot Lake

 

St Lawrence College

 

33

 

Brye McMorran

 

Pefferlaw

 

Sibbald Point

 

University of Guelph

 

34

 

Lauren Differ-Saxberg

 

Thunder Bay

 

Sleeping Giant

 

University of Toronto

 

35

 

Morgan Miller

 

Grand Bend

 

The Pinery

 

University of Toronto

 

36

 

Rebecca Jones

 

Simcoe

 

Turkey Point

 

Mohawk College

 

37

 

Haley West

 

Rodney

 

Wakami Lake

 

University of Toronto

 

38

 

Braydon Sissons

 

Wasaga Beach

 

Wasaga Beach

 

Wilfrid Laurier University

 

39

 

Drew Bowman

 

Wheatley

 

Wheatley

 

Western University

 

40

 

Josephine Robertson

 

Manitouwadge

 

White Lake

 

Lakehead University

 

The Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Program is funded by the following partners:

  • Bush’s Best Beans
  • Coleman Canada
  • Friends of Sandbanks
  • Pepsi
  • Wayfarer Insurance Brokers
  • Zip Firestarters

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