Express_2014_08_08 SNC summer students enjoy workplace adventures  gŏđŏ  

FINCH | They get paid to explore the re- gion and realize their own potential for science and discovery. A baker’s dozen of university and college students from the Five Counties region have enjoyed getting their hands dirty, both !guratively and literally, through the !rst few weeks so far of their summer work- experience jobs with the South Nation Conservation Authority (SNC). “We’re proud to be in the position of gi- ving talented students jobs,” stated Dennis O’Grady, SNC general manager. “It’s a great way to assess future full-time employees. For some, SNC becomes their !rst employer after graduation.” SNC’s work experience program has be- come a mainstay for several years for local students seeking summer jobs while puru- sing their post-secondary career programs at college or university. This year’s crop of SNC summer students hail from Ottawa, Embrun, Newington, Ingleside, Crysler, and Chesterville, all communities within the South Nation River watershed region. Most are studying at Ottawa, Carleton or Guelph universities but a fewhave come home from program pursuits in British Columbia for the summer break. Their career goals range from forestry and environmental science to journalism and business development. “I enjoy being able to work both indoors and outdoors, and work in my !eld of study,” stated Kiersti McMillan, a Crysler resident now taking science courses at Car-

leton University. “It’s great to be working in my community to make a di#erence in the environment.” “Our summer hires don’t have to be in conservation-related !elds,” stated O’Grady. “It’s great to have the students around for a few months. Their curiosity and enthusiasm provide an added spark, and, of course, they’re a big help.” Being one of the largest employers in the region of students during the summer sea- son has another bene!t for the conserva- tion authority. SNC is in a position to take full advantage of many temporary funding opportunities from both the federal and provincial governments for environment- and conservation-related projects and programs. They include stream habit main- tenance, enhancement, and cleanup work, !sh and waterfowl surveys, and other rela- ted studies dealing with the local plant and animal life.

Photo Natasha Machado

On picture, the students, from left to right, are Nadine Chambers, Kiersti McMillan, Hannah Jackson, Bonnie Boyd, Saxon Ireland, Ben Gallant, Jordan Smyth, Brent Harbers, Katie Keenan, Simone Larin. Missing are Shaun Crook, Thierry Gibeault, Ben Lawrence.

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