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McAdam NB Green Job Initiative student Success Story

McAdam NB

Village of McAdam Enjoys New and Improved Natural Spaces

Located just 45 minutes outside of Fredericton, the Village of McAdam has become greener - from creating an entirely new nature trail, to planting more flowers around town.

“People should be looking out for the environment and improving their community,” says Ramses Smith

“People should be looking out for the environment and improving their communities,” says Ramses Smith, an aviation student at Mount Allison University who has led the efforts as part of his summer job with the village.

McAdam, NB

Funded in part by CPRA’s Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative, with support from the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience program, the summer position has improved the community’s existing parks and trails - allowing residents and visitors to enjoy their local recreational spaces.

“We added new play equipment to a park, planted and maintained flowers, and improved walking trails,” Ramses explains.

In his job, he also created a new walking trail for residents and visitors to enjoy.

“I dug it up and added crushed rocks. MADD donated a bench to the trail, and we set up picnic tables near the trail,” he says, adding that an existing trail behind the village’s historic train station was also cleaned up. “It was overgrown, so we cut all the grass and cleaned up the trail and benches.”

McAdam, NB

Flower boxes were also added to the village’s telephone polls, Ramses says.

Throughout the summer, he has noticed that his efforts have helped connect the community with its improved natural surroundings.

“The best part of my job is the feedback and positivity we get from the community,” he says. “It’s nice seeing people having a good time, and kids playing on the playground. It brings a smile to your face helping others. It’s rewarding.”

“The best part of my job is the feedback and positivity we get from the community,” he says. “It’s nice seeing people having a good time, and kids playing on the playground. It brings a smile to your face helping others. It’s rewarding.”

Taylor Gallant, the Village of McAdam’s deputy mayor, says the funding support through the Green Jobs Initiative has made a positive impact on his community.

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“It’s been a blessing,” he says. “In years past, our staff has only been able to maintain the parks. Now we can finish other jobs that we’ve planned for a long time.”

Gallant adds that the summer position has helped give Ramses real-world experience, where he can learn outside the classroom and make positive changes to a community.

“People should be looking out for the environment and improving their community” - Ramses Smith, student

Thanks to the funding, Gallant says residents and visitors can also enjoy all that the Village of McAdam has to offer.

“It’s been great to create spaces where people can gather together and see nature at the same time,” he says.

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