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Springhill NS Green Job Initiative student Success Story

Springhill NS

Summer Students Help Springhill Bloom

When entering the Springhill community in Nova Scotia, residents and visitors are greeted with colourful potted plants, a community garden, and beautiful floral arrangements decorating the local monuments.

But that’s just the beginning. Behind all of the weeding, planting and watering, two students are making an even larger environmental impact on the community – thanks to summer positions 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.

Springhill, NB

The program allowed the first year of Springhill Communities in Bloom – a local branch of the Communities in Bloom non-profit organization – to hire second-year Mount Allison student Emily Poitras and Grade 12 Springhill High School student Riley Alick, who helped the organization achieve its goal of enhancing green spaces in Canadian communities.

“Everyone gets so excited that we’re making the town prettier,” says Poitras, who is studying sciences. “The work has definitely increased my appreciation for the environment.”

Throughout the summer, Poitras and Alick ran a program where children at the local summer day camp helped plant flowers around town.

The students also helped plan and fundraise for Springhill Communities in Bloom’s Pit Pond project – a development that includes two kilometres of trail that will connect the residential area with the downtown core through a scenic park.

Springhill, NS
“The goal of the Pit Pond project is to increase the walkability of our community, while also providing an accessible green space for our residents to enjoy,” explains Colleen Bateman, secretary of Springhill Communities in Bloom.

“The goal of the Pit Pond project is to increase the walkability of our community, while also providing an accessible green space for our residents to enjoy,” explains Colleen Bateman, secretary of Springhill Communities in Bloom.

In the first year of the Springhill Communities in Bloom, Colleen says that the residents have become more engaged in a green way.

Neighbours are participating in the “yard of the week” contests, and enjoying new and improved green spaces around town.

“The community response has been great,” says Colleen, adding that it’s been a great learning opportunity for young children. “The summer day camp kids really enjoy learning about planting and the soil.”

“The community response has been great,” says Colleen, adding that it’s been a great learning opportunity for young children. “The summer day camp kids really enjoy learning about planting and the soil.”

“People are really enjoying the community garden and the planters by the beaches,... I like making the community look better.” - Riley Alick, student

Alick and Poitras say that their summer jobs have given them experience they would not have had in the classroom – particularly teaching the next generation about the importance of the environment, and helping fundraise for a trail that will make Springhill more walkable.

Alick adds that the experience has also been very rewarding.

Springhill, NS

“People are really enjoying the community garden and the planters by the beaches,” says Riley. “I like making the community look better.”

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