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Mark LaFleur

By Mark LaFleur

2015 COFI Annual Convention Legacy Scholarships

scholarships_cover_2015Applications for the COFI 2015 Annual Convention Legacy Scholarships are available now. Grade 12 students in the interior of BC enrolling in one of the ten BC interior post-secondary institutions in the fields of trades training, business or forestry related science programs are eligible to apply.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 (No late applications will be reviewed).

Scholarship applications will be available at any interior high school or they can be downloaded from our website by going to Scholarships under Education/Careers.

Mark LaFleur

By Mark LaFleur

NRM Camps in Prince George and Quesnel Completed for 2014

Want to get outside in ‘Beautiful BC’s’ forests, lakes, and rivers and gain first-hand knowledge of some of the many careers associated with resource management?  Over 60 high school students from grades 10 to 12 said ‘yes’ to this opportunity and participated in two ‘Discover Natural Resource Management Programs’ over the last two weeks.  As part of COFI’s Forest Education Program, a NRM Camp was hosted at UNBC’s Aleeza Lake Research Forest just east of Prince George on May 14th and 15th for over 30 students and staff from SD57 high schools.  In addition to the Prince George NRM Camp, over 30 students and staff from Corrilieu Secondary in Quesnel took part in another NRM Camp at Beavermouth Creek and 700a Rd. just east of Quesnel on May 21st and 22nd.

 

Over the course of the two day camps, students and teachers participated in a variety of hands-on, field oriented workshops hosted by resource management professionals drawn from forest companies, consulting firms, government ministries, and post-secondary institutions. Each workshop allowed participants to gain insight into each career by ‘walking the walk’ and ‘talking the talk’ with each professional.  The NRM Camps in Prince George and Quesnel were made possible through the contributions of CNC, UNBC, DFO, FLNR, Lakeland, Dunkley Lumber, Canfor, and West Fraser.

 

The great part about the NRM camps is that they allowed the students to learn about what each professional does on a daily basis, ask them their advice on a possible career path in the BC Forest Industry, skills required, working conditions, and wages.  Along with these personal insights, participants learned how to work safely in the forest with sessions on forest safety, wilderness survival, and orienteering.  Both NRM Camps finished by having a ‘Survival Challenge’, a skilled event put on by CNC modelled after the television show in which teams of students had to complete a series of challenges to become the champion.  The challenges were based upon the resource management skills that they learned over the 2–day camp in order to become the ‘Survival Champion’.  A great time was had by all and perhaps some of these students will become involved in Resource Management in BC in the near future.

Mark LaFleur

By Mark LaFleur

Heather Park Elementary Trades Program 2014

On Monday, June 12th I was fortunate enough to accompany 30 grade 7 students and Principal from Heather Park Elementary School (Prince George) to a Trades Program / Tour of PG Sawmill (Canfor).   Heather Park Elementary is the largest elementary school in Northern BC with over 600 students attending.  For this program the students that attended not only signed up for the event but had to write a short essay as to why they should be chosen for the program and why they were interested in attending.

When I initially presented to the students a week prior on ‘Careers in Forestry’ they had no idea as to the variety of trades opportunities & careers that exist in the BC Forest Industry.  As they visited PG Sawmill they received an overview of Canfor’s operations, a safety orientation, and a description of trade’s opportunities at the mill.  As they toured the mill the students were able to see and learn what the trades are really like.  Students learned about the many day-to-day functions, working conditions, wages, skills required, and received personal career anecdotes and recommendations from the tradespeople. 

With the grade 7s heading off to high school in September, they were given advice by Canfor employees regarding the importance of their education, work ethic, attitudes, and the ability to work within a team setting.  Excellent advice that will hopefully have a positive influence on these young minds as they decide what career path to take.  As the students departed back to school they not only gained valuable knowledge into future career opportunities that exist but had lots of fun doing so.  Perhaps one of these young minds will choose a career in the trades!