HeidiHeidi Reinikka helping to cultivate a community garden on the west coast.
(Photo source: Kat Slepian)

Submitted by Ken Simard, Region 2 Captain of the Hunt

Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen Ken Simard feels very proud of his granddaughter Heidi Reinikka.

Reinikka is currently situated in British Columbia, working for the government as a practices forester. In an old newspaper clip Simard has kept, Reinikka’s aspirations were quite different than where she currently finds herself.

The newspaper clip, taken from the Chronicle Journal, shows 13-year-old Reinikka holding up a poster warning against the dangers of street gangs. The article shares that Reinikka won $100 for her poster in a contest.

At the time, Reinikka’s aspirations leaned towards architecture or medicine. Now she has a successful career as a Forest Technologist for BC Timber Sales, a semi-autonomous program within the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations.

Congratulations, Heidi!

Published on: January 18, 2016