Today’s post comes from Bev Cook, President of the Friends of Presqu’ile at Presqu’ile Provincial Park.
Each year, Ontario Parks hires hundreds of students to help manage the parks during the summer.
From maintenance to gate staff and natural heritage education, our students work hard to keep a smile on our visitors’ faces.
This year, the Friends of Presqu’ile launched an annual scholarship program to recognize the efforts of the fine young people who work as summer student employees at Presqu’ile.
We received many examples of extraordinary dedication and stellar customer service from the nominations. We are so proud of our winners for their incredible work!
The Friends invited student employees to apply for our new $1,000 career scholarship. This scholarship was open to students pursuing a course of study at the post-secondary level that could lead to a career in the parks system.
Aly receives her award from Friends President Bev Cook and Park Superintendent Rob Cunningham.
Congratulations go to Alyson (Aly) Morris, one of our park ranger students. Aly is beginning her second year studying Biological Sciences at Liberty University in Virginia. Aly has a defined career plan in mind: She will put her research and conservation skills to use as a park biologist and, hopefully, one day as a park superintendent.
Aly has demonstrated strong academic achievements and has excellent leadership skills, a strong work ethic, and is a team player who is willing to lend a hand when needed. Well done, Aly!
Scholarship for students
The second scholarship program awarded four $500.00 scholarships to deserving students in each of the park’s four staff areas.
Students could be nominated by the public, their peers, or a supervisor for demonstrating skills and actions to improve the park experience.
Kristen holds up her scholarship.
We received many nominations for each department, which made the awards committee’s job difficult.
Christian Wierda is our winner for Park Store. This extraordinary young woman completed her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and began her doctoral studies in Pharmacy in the fall.
According to her supervisor, Kristen is a great leader and role model for new staff. Her dedication to doing the job well is highly valued by everyone.
Mara receives her award from Rob Cunningham, park superintendent, and Rachel Windsor, interim deputy park superintendent.
Thanks for all your hard work, Kristen!
Mara Van Meer of the Nature Center staff received two nominations from members of the public. They highlighted his enthusiasm and patience when dealing with the young visitors. Manages to make learning fun!
Mara is off to Sir Sanford Fleming College to study Ecosystem Management.
Sinead outside the Park Office.
Front door clerk, Sinéad Gibson, It also caught the attention of a member of the public. They were very impressed with your warm welcome greetings and efficient check-in service.
Sinead has been considered one of the best investments for park employees! According to a supervisor, she has also managed to handle difficult situations with aplomb.
Sinead will begin her studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Guelph this fall.
Nichols Quinley from the maintenance department is heading to Ryerson for his second year of studies in Biomechanical Engineering.
His supervisors were very impressed with his selflessness and willingness to help anyone in need. Quinley happily took on any task, eager to learn everything about the department.
The Friends of Presqu’ile Park wish all scholarship winners a very successful year.
We look forward to welcoming our amazing students next season!
Are you interested in working in a provincial park?
Apply for one of our amazing student jobs today!