Josephine of Manitouwadge Receives Bursary for Outstanding work at White Lake Park


Josephine Robertson of Manitouwadge has earned an educational bursary award for her outstanding work as an Ontario Parks summer employee. She worked at White Lake Provincial Park, just north of White River, and is attending Lakehead University in Thunder Bay.

This seventeen-year-old program between Ontario and Ontario Parks’ corporate partners recognized forty outstanding student employees working at provincial parks with $500 bursaries to support their postsecondary education this year. The Ontario Parks’ summer employment program employs more than 1,600 students with jobs in provincial parks.

“I am extremely pleased to offer Josephine Robertson of Manitouwadge my hearty congratulations as a recipient of an Ontario Parks Bursary for her outstanding contribution as a summer student with Ontario Parks Partners Program this past year. It is wonderful to see the dedicated contribution of one of Algoma-Manitoulin’s youth recognized in such a substantive way. Josephine’s work helped to ensure that families and outdoor enthusiasts from Ontario and around the world who visited White Lake Provincial Park were able to enjoy a very high quality and enjoyable experience. I congratulate Josephine on her enthusiasm and willingness to share some of what is best about this province.” said Algoma-Manitoulin MPP, Michael Mantha

“I would like to thank our partners for their ongoing support and congratulate the 40 students who are receiving bursary awards this year. Ontario Parks’ summer students do an exceptional job protecting nature and providing a memorable experience for our visitors. These awards recognize recipients for their leadership, hard work and commitment this past summer and I want to congratulate them on their success.” explained Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

“A warm congratulations to the outstanding students who won the 2016 Ontario Parks Partners’ Bursary Awards. Through the Ontario Youth Job Strategy, more than 1,600 students worked in Ontario parks this summer, developing important skills that will help build Ontario’s highly skilled workforce up and grow our economy. I applaud our corporate partners for generously funding this program and supporting the development of our young Ontarians.”, Deborah Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development

This year’s Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Award recipients are:

  Student Name Home Town Provincial Park/Office School Attending
1 Lina Vermeer Massey Algonquin Trent University
2 Emily Gillespie Whitby Algonquin University of Waterloo
3 Jacob Thompson Madoc Algonquin University of Guelph
4 Wesley Hornby Kearney Algonquin Zone Office Carleton University
5 Rachel Miller Huntsville Arrowhead University of Ottawa
6 Douglas Hodgins Oro-Medonte Awenda University of British Columbia
7 Emily Knights Lindsay Balsam Lake Fanshawe College
8 McKayla Hann Orillia Bass Lake McMaster University
9 Kira Kuzemchuk Dryden Blue Lake Queen’s University
10 Colin Murton Midland Bon Echo McMaster University
11 Nicole Bucik Burlington Bronte Creek Queen’s University
12 Owen Donkers Stayner Craigleith Fleming College
13 Trisha Baker Peterborough Emily Fleming College
14 Savannah Dee Harrowsmith Frontenac St Lawrence College
15 Lisa Harrington Brechin Grundy Lake Lakehead University
16 Megan Vezina Foleyet Ivanhoe Lake Laurentian University
17 Kelly Maki Kakabeka Falls Kakabeka Falls Carleton University
18 Melissa Crawford Toronto Killarney University of Guelph
19 Amanda Kiersnowski Toronto Killbear Humber College
20 Tyler Black Scarborough Lake Superior Nipissing University
21 Mitchell Jackson Blackstock Main Office Carleton University
22 Caroline Beddoe Ottawa Marten River Acadia University
23 Briana Clark South River Mikisew University of Waterloo
24 Haleigh Conway Midhurst Neys University of Ottawa
25 Dalton Cain Vienna Port Burwell Fanshawe College
26 Tye Lamothe North Bay Restoule College Boreal
27 Hannah Beach Oxford Mills Rideau River St Lawrence College
28 Karly Michaud Mattawa Samuel de Champlain Canadore College
29 Brittany Williams Peterborough Sandbanks Fleming College
30 Jamie Thompson Ignace Sandbar Lake University of Ottawa
31 Cody Bassindale Simcoe Selkirk Mohawk College
32 Suzanne Allison Parham Sharbot Lake St Lawrence College
33 Brye McMorran Pefferlaw Sibbald Point University of Guelph
34 Lauren Differ-Saxberg Thunder Bay Sleeping Giant University of Toronto
35 Morgan Miller Grand Bend The Pinery University of Toronto
36 Rebecca Jones Simcoe Turkey Point Mohawk College
37 Haley West Rodney Wakami Lake University of Toronto
38 Braydon Sissons Wasaga Beach Wasaga Beach Wilfrid Laurier University
39 Drew Bowman Wheatley Wheatley Western University
40 Josephine Robertson Manitouwadge White Lake Lakehead University


The Ontario Parks Partners Bursary Program is funded by Bush’s Best Beans, Coleman Canada, Friends of Sandbanks, Pepsi, Wayfarer Insurance Brokers and Zip Firestarters.


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