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Banff AB Green Job Initiative Student Success Story

Banff AB

Student and Banff Community Benefit From Green Jobs Initiative

Anson Ma spent much of his childhood in Banff, Alberta. Growing up in a resort town that lies in the middle of a national park, Ma always had a passion for the outdoors and helping the environment.

Now he can give back to his community, and help connect residents and tourists with nature and recreational activities in the area. This summer, the university student is working as a planning and development intern with the Town of Banff – a role 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.

Thanks to the initiative, Banff is getting greener. But it is also helping a student gain on-the-job experience, while helping him to see the town in different ways.

Anson Ma, student

“This job has given me a new perspective on what information a tourist would need to fully appreciate Banff,” says Ma, who is entering his final year of the Master of Science in Planning program at the University of Toronto’s St. George campus.

As part of his summer internship, he is encouraging people to explore the area’s trails and make them easier to use with enhanced trail signage.

“This job has given me a new perspective on what information a tourist would need to fully appreciate Banff”- Anson Ma, student

“By having better signage around, people can get to the destination they want to get to without a car,” he explains.

Anson is also monitoring the effectiveness of new on-street bike lanes. Additionally, he is helping to create a community greenhouse and programs that encourage students to bike to school.

Banff, AB

“(We are) encouraging people to get out of their cars and explore their backyard,” he says, adding that the bike lane project is also having a positive impact on the community. “it is helping to better connect the town.”

Chad Townsend, the environmental manager for the Town of Banff, describes the town as an island in a national park.

“The network around the town is truly nature,” he says, adding that the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative has made a positive impact on the community.

“The network around the town is truly nature,” he says, adding that the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative has made a positive impact on the community.

“We wouldn’t have been able to advance some of these projects as quickly without Anson’s help,” he says.

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