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This post was written by Stacey Fluke, Green Initiatives/Special Projects Summer student at Bon Echo Provincial Park.

“Surround yourself with the five most successful people (in your life) and you will be successful too,” is something a former boss once told me when we were discussing my five-year plan.

Bon Echo Provincial Park has had a significant impact on me and I am pleased to mention that this year is not only the 125th anniversary of Ontario Parks, but also my fourth season at Bon Echo.

I started working at Bon Echo in the summer of my 11th grade and have returned every season since. I spent my first summer on the maintenance team and from there I moved up to door attendant for the next two seasons.

Great decisions!

I found that as high school came to an end, there were many decisions to make and the pressure to decide on a career path began to increase. I spent numerous sleepless nights trying to decide what I was going to do. At that time I recognized the passion I had for science, and this has led me to continue my education in Biotechnology at Loyalist College.

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I have attended Loyalist for the past two years and obtained my Biotechnology Technician Diploma in April of this year. And I will be returning this fall for my third year to earn my Technologist Diploma.

It pays to be proactive

I was thinking about career options one day as the 2018 school year was coming to a close and my curiosity grew about other positions the park might have to offer.

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Girl with long hair in park uniform, sitting at a desk, smiling at camera

I was interested in a couple of areas and sent these ideas to our park superintendent, Clark Richards. I received an email from him with some good ideas about a variety of those positions and eventually received a job offer for a position at Green Initiatives.

Green Initiative Positions

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The green initiative booths were created through collaboration between the Canadian Parks Council and Project Learning Tree Canada (PLT Canada). In an effort to expand summer 2018 and 2019 seasonal employment opportunities for young Canadians, they created this program with the intention of covering 600 “green jobs in green spaces.”

The hope is that young people will gain work experience and knowledge of what nature has to offer. These positions were offered in provincial and territorial parks, as well as protected areas.

Everything is going according to plan

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Through this position, I have been able to assist our water technician in performing daily/routine water procedures; Tasks that would not have been possible without the education I have acquired.

I was also responsible for creating a park signage plan and ensuring registration gates were covered when necessary. All the responsibilities that were included in my five-year plan!

Many thanks to the amazing staff at Bon Echo! Summer 2018 has been another great season.

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