“I graduated from university in 2022, and was lucky to find a summer position at The Couchiching Conservancy that same year. As a new graduate entering the conservation field for the first time, I had lots of learning to do. By the end of my summer position, I felt like I was just getting started. However, I was quickly faced with a common problem in the field of conservation: a lack of paid, relevant, local, entry-level jobs.
My dream is not only to advocate for the environment but to be able to actually deliver on conservation goals. Thanks to Katie Maracle, Pathways to Employment, and The Couchiching Conservancy, I’ve been able to reach this dream.
I have learned so much in my position as a Stewardship Research and Education Assistant through the Pathways to Employment program at The Couchiching Conservancy. This role provided me with the experience necessary to progress in the non-profit field of conservation. I spent my time learning from some of the kindest, smartest, and giving people. I will forever be grateful for Katie’s advocacy which allowed me to have some of the best moments in my career.
It is because of this experience, I was offered a permanent, full-time position at The Couchiching Conservancy as the Youth Stewardship Coordinator. Through this new role, I hope to echo the support given by Katie and the Pathways to Employment program, and provide local youth with a glimpse of environmental optimism.
The Pathways to Employment program offers exceptional support and opportunity to youth and the community. This program was life-changing for me, as it inspired hope through opportunity. I have no doubt that it will do the same for so many others.”
– Alysha Henry