Ontario Parks Reward Youth Excellence

McGuinty Government Works With Partners To Recognize Exemplary Service
TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ – Forty Ontario students who worked in Ontario Parks have each received a $500 educational bursary to further their studies.
A partnership between Ontario Parks and supportive corporations and businesses, the Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Awards recognize excellence and leadership in student employees and promote post-secondary education. The winners were nominated by their peers, supervisors and Ontario Parks’ visitors.
Nineteen corporations and nine ‘friends of’ parks organizations provide all the bursary money. More than $151,000 has been awarded in the nine years since the start of the awards program. In addition to helping fund further study, the program also encourages youth interest in our natural and cultural heritage and working in public service.
“The young people receiving these partnership bursaries have shown outstanding customer service to our park visitors. I’m pleased to offer them this well-deserved recognition, and thank our sponsoring corporate partners who have so generously supported this program,” said Minister of Natural Resources Donna Cansfield
“We’re proud to support the program as many of our members rely on camping facilities and the work performed by these dedicated students. RVing is a lifestyle experience and these students help foster this growing phenomenon,” said Larry Boyd, Executive Vice-President, Ontario Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (http://www.ontariorvda.ca/).
“It is a pleasure to contribute to the bursary program awarded by Ontario Parks to students working in provincial parks and pursuing an education focusing on the importance of our environment and cultural heritage,” said Betty Pearce of The Friends of Bon Echo (http://www.mazinaw.on.ca/fobecho/).
– There are 330 Ontario Parks
(http://ontarioparks.ca/english/index.html), many of which employ
young people each year in a variety of job opportunities.
– Ontario Parks receive more than 10 million visits per year.
– Learn how to apply for youth employment and other youth programs
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Youth/index.html) with
Ontario Parks (http://ontarioparks.ca/english/index.html) and the
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (ontario.ca/mnryouthprograms).
The Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Program recognizes the leadership,
initiative and commitment of young people working in Ontario’s provincial
parks. Forty students will each receive a $500 education bursary funded by
this year’s Ontario Parks’ corporate partners.
This year’s corporate partners are:
– Canadian Tire Corporation Limited
– The Pepsi Bottling Group (Canada)
– Mountain Equipment Co-op
– Swish Maintenance Limited
– Johnson Outdoors- Eureka
– Brian Peck Management
– Wayfarer Insurance
– SC Johnson and Son
– Pentax Canada
– Coleman Canada
– Columbia Sportswear Company
– Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows
– Ontario Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association
– Bass Pro Outlets
– Neilson Dairy
– Shandiz Natural Foods
– Spectrum Marketing Corporation
– Van Houtte Inc
– The Edge Screen Studio
– The Friends of Algonquin
– The Friends of Awenda
– The Friends of Bon Echo
– The Friends of French River
– The Friends of Rondeau
– The Friends of Pinery
– The Friends of MacGregor Point
– The Friends of Sleeping Giant, and
– The Friends of Sandbanks
Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Recipients 2008
Student Name Home Town School Provincial Park
1 Alex Clement Atikokan Laurentian University Quetico
2 Brady Watterworth Blenheim Brock University Rondeau
3 Paige Sheppard Bowmanville Carleton University Oastler Lake
4 Evan Cleave Brighton Queen’s University Presqu’ile
5 Julian Eckhardt Bruce Mines Carleton University Pancake Bay
6 Jacob Gill Caledonia Sir Sandford Fleming Lake Superior
7 Greg Allen Dunnville McMaster University Rock Point
8 Nathalie Conners Fitzroy Algonquin College Fitzroy
9 Alyssa Arthur Goderich Trent University Point Farms
10 Margaret Kelly Godfrey University of Guelph Algonquin
11 Clark Steeves Hampton Sir Sandford Fleming Darlington
12 Sarah Gauthier Hawkesbury University of Ottawa Voyageur
13 Greg Potts Ignace McMaster University Sandbar Lake
14 Meghan Olson Kenora Beaver Brae Secondary Rushing River
15 Briana Steinke Massey Cambrian College Chutes
16 Kara Wadsworth Maynooth Trent University Lake St. Peter
17 Cady Moyer Midland Queen’s University Awenda
18 Susan Agnew Millbrook Queen’s University Killbear
19 Alicia Kirk Moonstone Georgian College Six Mile Lake
20 Jake Barclay Oshawa Durham College The Shoals
21 Pauline Sanderson Ottawa University of Ottawa Killarney
22 Kristin Valois Ottawa Carleton University Emily
23 Andria Richardson Perth University of Ottawa Silver Lake
24 Kyle Scanlon Picton Sir Sandford Fleming Sandbanks
25 Nicole Wilson Port Bolster Trent University Sibbald Point
26 Devin Travis Port Burwell Fanshawe College Port Burwell
27 Caitlin Underwood Port Elgin McMaster University MacGregor
28 Matthew Welwood Priceville Grey Highlands/ Finlayson
Secondary School Point
29 Katie Kuruliak Red Rock University of Guelph Sleeping Giant
30 Rebecca Ste. Simcoe Waterloo University Turkey Point
31 Ashley Varcoe Stayner Lambton College Wasaga Beach
32 Katelyn Barrett Thunder Bay Lakehead University Kakabeka Falls
33 Lesya Roberts Thunder Bay Lakehead University Rainbow Falls
34 Taisa Brown Toronto University of New Grundy Lake
35 Allison Long Toronto Humber College Restoule
36 Erica Robinson Toronto Trent University Main Office
37 Justin Imeson Wheatley Leamington District Wheatley
Secondary School
38 Shannon Frey Whitney Nipissing University Algonquin
39 Kayla Pordonick Whitney Algonquin College Algonquin
40 Kelsey McAnulty Windy Lake Laurentian University Windy Lake
/For further information: Ivan Langrish, Minister’s Office, (416) 314-2212; Barry Radford, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2123/

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