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Charlottetown PE Green Job Initiative student Success Story

Charlottetown PE

Island Nature Trust Gets A Boost

Future generations can enjoy Prince Edward Island’s beautiful and vast natural areas for years to come, thanks to the Island Nature Trust.

“It’s allowed us to broaden our reach, with a small staff.” says Julie-Lynn Zahavich, Island Nature Trust’s stewardship coordinator.

And while the non-profit organization has managed these areas since 1979, a new summer position created this year is helping to further protect its lands.

“We can do even more than we usually do,” says Julie-Lynn Zahavich, Island Nature Trust’s stewardship coordinator. “It’s allowed us to broaden our reach, with a small staff.”

“I’m always learning. And there’s been lots of opportunity to test out new things I’ve learned in school.” - Iain Crowell, Student

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, the organization based in Charlottetown was able to hire a land stewardship technician this summer.

Iain Crowell, an environmental science student at Mount Allison University, was hired for the role and has been able to get invaluable on-the-job experience – in addition to making a difference in PEI’s natural areas.

“I usually head out to different natural areas that the Island Nature Trust owns and poll invasive species, take photos of disturbances, and make sure the land is in good natural condition. It’s lots of time outdoors,” explains Crowell.

“I usually head out to different natural areas that the Island Nature Trust owns and poll invasive species, take photos of disturbances, and make sure the land is in good natural condition. It’s lots of time outdoors,” explains Crowell. “I’m always learning. And there’s been lots of opportunity to test out new things I’ve learned in school.”

He says that many of the properties have walking trails, where residents and tourists can enjoy an active lifestyle and exposure to nature.

Iain Crowell, student
“These natural areas allow people to reconnect with nature by identifying plants and birds,” Crowell says,

“These natural areas allow people to reconnect with nature by identifying plants and birds,” he says, adding that all of the Island Nature Trust’s natural areas are open to the public.

In his role, Iain also runs programs for adults and youth. These programs develop public awareness and education to increase understanding of the importance of nature..

Zahavich says she has seen first-hand the positive impact Iain’s role is making on the organization, and to PEI’s nature areas as a whole.

“Iain’s work is really contributing to the long-term success of these lands,” Zahavich says

“Iain’s work is really contributing to the long-term success of these lands,” she says, adding that the Island Nature Trust greatly appreciates the grant.

“It means a lot to have another person, someone who wants to learn,” she says. “As a non-profit, we’re always looking for new funding initiatives to hire students.”

“It means a lot to have another person, someone who wants to learn,” she says. “As a non-profit, we’re always looking for new funding initiatives to hire students.”

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