Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024
Congratulations to our 2017 Ontario Parks Partners Scholarship recipients!

The summer student workforce is the lifeblood of Ontario Parks’ summer operating season. Our provincial parks simply could not function without our student workers.

Last week, park staff, corporate partners and students gathered in Peterborough to award the 2017 Ontario Parks Partners Scholarships.

He Ontario Parks Partner Scholarship was established in 2000 by several Ontario Parks corporate partners to recognize students who excel in their jobs at Ontario Parks. The $500 awards recognize the innovation and leadership of young people working in Ontario’s provincial parks.

student receiving a scholarship from park staff and partnersWinning student Noah Lasci receives his award.

Our 2017 winners received praise for their roles as mentors, educators and innovators. Whether they were administering first aid, managing recycling programs or sharing the park’s history and heritage with visitors, each student went above and beyond to earn their nomination.

Special congratulations to Hudson Blue, who received the Amber Booth Award.

Hudson Blue receives a special award

This award carries special recognition for fellows whose efforts excel in the areas of health, safety and well-being. This year’s winner, Hudson Blue, was involved in a number of emergency situations and rescues in Killarney Provincial Park.

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In one case, park staff responded to a call of an injured hiker on the trail to “The Crack.” Hudson and a park ranger traveled to the victim’s location and found more than a sprained ankle: the hiker had two broken bones in her leg.


After providing first aid, it was determined that helicopter extraction was necessary. The ORNGE air ambulance was able to land close to, but not exactly at, the victim’s location. Hudson helped transport the injured hiker across at least 100 m of steep, uneven terrain to the helicopter for successful evacuation to the hospital.

Hudson served as a reliable and effective member of the Killarney field team who far exceeded what would be expected of a summer student. Hudson expressed a willingness to help others in need and could be counted on to provide a compassionate presence in stressful situations. We were delighted to honor him at this year’s ceremony.

Hudson Blue Student Speaker

“Congratulations to all recipients. Many thanks to the partners who make all this possible; We really appreciate what you do.

“The summer student program advertises an amazing experience, a good summer job, and that’s exactly what it offers you. “I can’t think of a more beautiful place to work, I can’t think of a better group of people to work with, and I can’t think of a better job.”

Without the support of the following partners, the scholarship program would not be possible

colleague speaking on the podium

Since 2000, our corporate partners have provided more than $250,000 to our students.

Many thanks to our 2017-2018 partners!

This song by our Singing Superintendent Scott Thomas commemorates all of the incredible work and passion our summer students bring to the parks:

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Congratulations to all of our 2017 winners!

Group photo of the 2017 Ontario Parks scholarship winners.

Alanna Behm
Chutes Provincial Park
Alex Leclerc
Voyageur Provincial Park
Alex Templar
Quetico Provincial Park
Anne Boulanger
Kettle Lakes Provincial Park
Carrie Williamson
Pinery Provincial Park
Brennan hides
Rushing River Provincial Park
Chardon Kozak
Silent Lake Provincial Park
Claire Coenen
White Lake Provincial Park
Dayna Duffy
Halfway Lake Provincial Park
Emalee Riddell
Sharbot Lake Provincial Park
Emily Ayers
Bass Lake Provincial Park
Emma Ankney
Blue Lake Provincial Park
Emma Fuller
Bon Echo Provincial Park
Eric Bayford
Nagagamisis Provincial Park
Georgina Prestonorth
Frontenac Provincial Park
thank you hello
Earl Rowe Provincial Park
Graham Mutchmor
Lake Superior Provincial Park
Hannah Ackerman
Sandbanks Provincial Park
hanna summers
Bonnèchere Provincial Park
Hudson Blue
Killarney Provincial Park
Jenna Whitmy
Killbear Provincial Park
Jordan Ziese
Algonquin Provincial Park
Joshua Keefe
Silver Lake Provincial Park
Kyra Santin
Northwest Zone Office
Laura Moore
Algonquin Provincial Park
Lauren Barch
Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park
Mackenzie Taylor
Port Burwell Provincial Park
Mary Hadwen
Marten River Provincial Park
Matthew Thomson
Long Point Provincial Park
Mikaela Hinz
Point Farms Provincial Park
Noah leaves
McRae Point Provincial Park
Olivia Baguley
Arrowhead Provincial Park
Rachel Humphrey
Darlington Provincial Park
Rebecca Evans
Turkey Point Provincial Park
Samuel Nusselder
MacGregor Point Provincial Park
Sisitha Warnakulasuriya Arac
Algonquin Provincial Park
Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park
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Wheatley Provincial Park
Teija Opitz
Brontë Creek Provincial Park
Vanessa Cayouette
René Brunelle Provincial Park

You really put your heart in the park!