Sixteen in the summer of ’16 for South Nation Conservation

This year's crop of summer students at SNC. Front, from left: Chantal Quesnel, Peter Martel, Mesha Sagram, Simone Larin, Holly Nyenkamp, Kelsey Smith, Sarah McGrath. Back, from left: Stephen Moore, Dominic Drapeau, Carly Hutchinson, Mathieu Meincke, Kiersti McMillan, Sebastian Hebert, Adam Poapst, Micaela Hadley. Courtesy photo

FINCH — South Nation Conservation (SNC) recruited 16 talented summer students this year — seven more than usual thanks to Service Canada funding.

“We’re proud to be in the position of giving talented students jobs,” said SNC General Manager Dennis O’Grady in a press release near the end of the students’ season. O’Grady noted that “the summer program is a great way to assess future full-time employees.”

From working in the field conducting surveys with forestry and fisheries staff to delivering education programs, students have the opportunity to gain experience in more than one discipline over the course of the summer.

Many of this year’s summer students are from the region, including: Crysler, Limoges, Monkland, Morewood, Newington, Winchester and the City of Ottawa.

Dominic Drapeau, Micaela Hadley, Sebastian Hebert, Carly Hutchinson, Simone Larin, Peter Martel, Sarah McGrath, Kiersti McMillan, Mathieu Meincke, Stephen Moore, Holly Nyenkamp, Adam Poapst, Chantal Quesnel, Mesha Sagram, Kelsey Smith, and Melanie St-Cyr have all been employed as summer students this year.

“Working at SNC has provided me with invaluable experience”, said University of Guelph Graduate Kelsey Smith, adding that “every day I learn something new.”

Winchester’s Chantal Quesnel, employed as an Engineering Student mentioned, “It’s been a pleasure working alongside dedicated and passionate staff members and contributing to diverse and challenging projects.”

SNC claims that it’s the largest student employer in the area, with support from federal and provincial funding agencies,  Students attain experience to their related areas of study, and receive many opportunities to network and learn about environmental management. Their enthusiasm and support goes a long way.

Holly Nyenkamp of Crysler is studying commerce at the University of Ottawa. She feels as though her experience at SNC is helping her to acquire valuable business communication and marketing skills which are transferable to her chosen field of study.

Mentored every step of the way, the students gain valuable knowledge of the inner-workings of a non-profit organization all while working alongside passionate and hard-working staff.

Funding received by Natural Resources Canada, Career Focus and ECO Canada will support additional recent graduate positions this fall.

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