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Yellowknife NT Green Job Initiative student Success Story

Yellowknife NT

Summer Student Helps Bring Pop-Up Park to Yellowknife

TISHA RONDEAU HAD NEVER PLANTED flowers, weeded, or used gardening tools before. But during Yellowknife’s short summer, the Aurora College social work student got her share of experience making the city greener – thanks to her summer position funded in part by the CPRA’s Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative, with support from the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience program.

“I loved being outside all day,” says Rondeau

“I loved being outside all day,” says Rondeau who was hired to focus on enhancing Yellowknife’s natural beauty. “It was great working with the greenery and flowers. It’s the first time I got to do that.”

Thisha Rondeau, student

Tisha got her hands dirty fertilizing and seeding grass, planting flowers and mowing lawns. She also helped maintain the city’s trails, Garden of Hope, and Bush Pilots Monument – a national historic monument honoring the bush pilots who helped open up the north to the rest of Canada.

But Rondeau was also involved in an innovative concept that brings Yellowknifers together in an outdoor space: a new pop-up park.

Thisha Rondeau, student

The project, in partnership with the City of Yellowknife and Ecology North, is a temporary park that transforms lots into a unique space where residents and visitors can appreciate the outdoors.

Ecology North calls the pop-up project “a communal space downtown that everyone can enjoy,”

Ecology North calls the pop-up project “a communal space downtown that everyone can enjoy,” and describes the park as having semi-permanent landscaped areas and public installations created by Yellowknife’s residents.

Thisha Rondeau, student
Tisha’s role was very important for the creation of the pop-up park.

Dave Hurley, facilities manager with the City of Yellowknife, says that Tisha’s role was very important for the creation of the pop-up park.

“She worked with Ecology North and put in trees, greenery which included edible shrubs, and a mini-putt course made of recycled items,” says Hurley, adding that the position would not have been funded if it weren’t for the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative.

Ecology North calls the pop-up project “a com-munal space downtown that everyone can enjoy,

Tisha says the hands-on experience was invaluable, and she was happy to work in a job that helped connect people and nature – particularly in the pop-up park, where residents and visitors can congregate and have their own recreational spot in the city.

“With the pop-up park, people can do yoga on their lunch breaks. There’s lots of sunlight there,” she says,

“With the pop-up park, people can do yoga on their lunch breaks. There’s lots of sunlight there,” she says, adding that she would definitely apply for the job again next summer.

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