Every morning this summer, Regyn MacDonald hopped on the local Strait Area Transit and headed out for a day’s work. Some days, it was helping at an outdoor event. Other days, it was leading a guided hike for children.
But no matter what the task was, Regyn was able to experience the Municipality of the County of Inverness’s great outdoors. And, she showed visitors the importance of enjoying the environment while also preserving it.
Thanks to funding from the CPRA’s Green Jobs Initiative, which is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience program, Regyn and one other student were hired to work as Trail Ambassadors for the municipality.
“Being able to soak up the fresh air and summer sun every day, while staying physically active at work, made this job so awesome,” says Regyn. “Everything I did for this job involved all the aspects of life that I love.”
As a Trail Ambassador, Regyn facilitated and attended outdoor activities, such as cycling and hiking, for both children and adults. She also taught participants the “leave no trace principles.”
“Being able to soak up the fresh air and summer sun every day, while staying physically active at work, made this job so awesome” - Regyn MacDonald, student
“This summer, we worked to preserve the environment and remind our community do the same,” she says. “Being able to show others how to appreciate our lands without negatively affecting the environment around us helps connect people and nature.”
Regyn also assisted with the municipality’s outdoor events – including the community’s geocaching event, beach volleyball and sandcastle building day, and festivals.
“I loved being able to experience the different outdoor festivals, events and activities in our municipality - all while connecting with people from all around the globe,” she says.
Charlotte MacDonald, Recreation Manager for the municipality, says that Regyn was an environmental steward and that the green jobs helped provide a focus on the community’s greatest local assets.
“Outdoor recreation is one of our main tourism draws,” Charlotte explains. “The county is a tourism destination. Our natural environments and outdoor recreation facilities are key to what Inverness County is all about.”
“I loved being able to experience the different outdoor festivals, events and activities in our municipality" - Regyn MacDonald, student
She adds that she was grateful for the funding, since it allowed the municipality to create two important positions that promoted its outdoor activities to all – including rural children - and taught visitors the importance of preserving the environment.
Regyn says that the job also taught her more about the environment. She learned how to make a positive impact on the environment while still being able to enjoy it.
Regyn says she would apply for the position again “in a heartbeat.” The high school student’s summer job even influenced her career path.
“This job has provided me with an idea of how a municipality’s recreation/tourism department works, and will influence my decision for my future in school and work,” she says. “I am so grateful to have had this amazing job!”
The CPRA’s Green Jobs Initiative supports Goal 3 ‘Connecting People & Nature’ and Goal 5 ‘Recreation Capacity’ within the Framework for Recreation in Canada. The Framework serves as a foundation for the work of the parks and recreation sector.
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