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Recognizing Outstanding Ontario Summer Students

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Recognizing Outstanding Ontario Summer Students

McGuinty Government Supports Young Employees' Education

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Forty students have been recognized as outstanding summer employees in Ontario Parks receiving educational bursaries.

The Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Awards recognize excellence and leadership in student employees and promote post-secondary education. Winners were nominated by park visitors as well as the students' peers and supervisors for their dedication, customer service, initiative and leadership.

In addition to supporting the students' education, the program promotes the province's natural and cultural heritage, and careers in the public service.

Quick Facts

  • A partnership between Ontario Parks, corporate sponsors and park supporters, the bursary program is now in its 11th year and provides students with a $500 bursary.
  • More than 2,000 students work in Ontario Parks each summer.
  • Recipients work for Ontario Parks, the Ontario Ranger program, "friends of the park" organizations or other park volunteer groups.
  • Ontarians and tourists from around the world make about 10 million visits to provincial parks each year.

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“I'm pleased to see that these young Ontarians are being recognized for their excellent customer service and we are able to help them a little bit with their education through this partnership bursary. I'd like to thank all the partners who have stepped up and are supporting these young leaders.”

Linda Jeffrey

Minister of Natural Resources

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