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Beaver Creek SK Green Job Initiative student Success Story

Beaver Creek SK

Beaver Creek Educates Visitors

Beaver Creek is part of the 67 square-kilometre Meewasin conservation area that runs through Saskatoon and area, where people can explore one of Saskatchewan’s vast prairie sites

Over the summer - thanks to a new position funded in part by CPRA’s Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative, with support from the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience program - visitors were also able to learn more about the importance of protecting the environment.

“I’ve grown to appreciate nature a lot more,” says Rebecca Cairns, a second-year psychology student at the University of Saskatchewan who was hired under the program.
Rebecca Cairns, student

“I’ve grown to appreciate nature a lot more,” says Rebecca Cairns, a second-year psychology student at the University of Saskatchewan who was hired under the program.

Cairns worked as an interpreter for the Meewasin Valley Authority, which oversees Beaver Creek.

As part of her job, Rebecca helped create an interactive exhibit at Chips Lodge – a facility located at Beaver Creek next to the interpretive centre.

The exhibit raises awareness on issues concerning the environment, highlighting subjects like food waste and landfills.

It includes infographics and children’s games, with the goal of motivating visitors and the community to make small changes to minimize waste production.

“This job is uniquely green because it helps foster a connection between people and the environment,” says Cairns.

In addition to creating the exhibit, Rebecca hosts meet-and-greets with the public and leads student groups on the area’s four trails.

Andrea Lafond, CEO of the Meewasin Valley Authority, says the funding helped create a position that made a positive impact on the community – and visitors’ day-to-day decisions that affect the environment.

“Visitors can focus on the environment and enjoy the natural surroundings, and through educational events, make changes in their own lives,” Lafond says

“Visitors can focus on the environment and enjoy the natural surroundings, and through educational events, make changes in their own lives,” Lafond says, adding that the position helped give a university student invaluable hands-on experience.

Rebecca says she would apply for the job again “in a heartbeat.”

Rebecca says she would apply for the job again “in a heartbeat.”

“I love the people I work with,” she says, adding that the job has also personally impacted her own connection with nature.

“I’ve learned a lot about different types of plants and birds,” she says.

“I’ve learned a lot about different types of plants and birds,” she says. “I’ve definitely grown to appreciate nature a lot more.”

To read all success stories go to: https://www.cpra.ca/stories

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