Métis youth becomes a Fish and Wildlife Technician

Katelyn Vardy (1)
Katelyn Vardy working as a Fish and Wildlife 
Technician. Click here for larger picture.

In June 2017, Métis student Katelyn Vardy will graduate as a Fish and Wildlife Technician from Fleming College.

“Last summer I was fortunate enough to receive a job with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) in Bancroft. My position was an Assistance Resource Management Technician and I had several responsibilities from planning my daily excursions to the maintenance of the student work vehicle,” said Katelyn.

“My goal after graduating from the fish and wildlife program is to get a full time job at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF). The MNRF is my dream job and all of my efforts through college have been to work towards that,” said Katelyn.

“The MNO has made it possible for me to pursue my dream and I wouldn't have been financially able to put myself through college without having the support from the MNO. The MNO Education and Training Branch provided great support; these past two years have been amazing,” said Katelyn.

“Prior to attending college I worked at Tim Horton's in Bancroft and I had no idea what I wanted to do until I got accepted to this program. I knew I wanted to continue on with schooling after high school and when I had the chance to attend Fish and Wildlife; I knew it was the right program for me. A barrier that I faced throughout the year was money but with the help of the MNO I was able to go through school without having to worry about taking out a student loan. During this program I have had the opportunity to learn a huge amount about the environment and I feel like I’ve grown as a person and have been able to work towards a career. I have learned how to identify fish, birds, inverts, lower life forms, algae, rocks, minerals, trees, shrubs and plants. I took part in several weeks of field camps and met a lot of people along the way. As a result of this program I got the opportunity to get a summer job with the MNRF, which will benefit my future and give me experience for my resume,” said Katelyn.

Posted: May 5, 2017

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