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Ontario Parks Celebrates Top Summer Student Employees

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Ontario Parks Celebrates Top Summer Student Employees

Program Provides Bursary Awards to Exceptional Summer Students

Ontario's Government for the People, together with partners of Ontario Parks, is recognizing student employees for their excellent performance while working in provincial parks this year.  

Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks was in Peterborough today to congratulate this year's recipients of the Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Awards. Recipients were nominated by their peers, the public or supervisors based on customer service, leadership, initiative and overall dedication and promotion of the Ontario Parks system.

"I'm pleased to see our young students rewarded for their dedication and leadership in supporting our provincial parks and helping conserve our environment," says Minister Phillips.  "Ontario Parks plays an important role in protecting our green spaces. The hard work of these students helps provide healthy parks and exceptional outdoor recreational experiences for all Ontarians."

Now in its 19th year, the program continues to recognize students' great work, unparalleled service and dedication to environmental protection. The Amber Booth Award was also presented to a student whose efforts standout in the areas of health, safety and wellness.

"Providing students with hands-on learning opportunities at Ontario Parks gives them the opportunity to explore exciting postsecondary and career options in our environmental and conservation sector," says Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "With such a strong foundation of skills already in place, these outstanding students have an edge on the competition to secure the jobs of tomorrow."

Quick Facts

  • Ontario Parks employs more than 1,600 youth in the Ontario Public Service annually.
  • Ontario Parks’ partner organizations provide a $500 bursary to 40 students to use towards their postsecondary education.
  • There are 340 provincial parks in Ontario, covering more than 8-million hectares — larger than the province of New Brunswick.
  • In 2017, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 10 million visits from people around the world and brought in close to $90 million in revenue, supporting jobs and businesses across the province.

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