Aiesha Aggarwal was hired as a Conservation Researcher and Analyst by the Couchiching Conservancy in October 2020. In her role, she gets to create maps to support their Citizen Science program and is putting together a report on a 12-year running bird survey. “It’s been a joy working alongside like-minded individuals who are passionate about nature conservation,” boasts Aggarwal.

“I’m incredibly thankful for the funders of the Pathways to Employment program for providing the financial incentive for my hire. Katie Maracle, Program Officer at the CDC, has added true value to this program, helping review my resume, getting me set up, checking in to see how I’m doing, and congratulating me on my successes. After months of job searching without hearing back from employers (even for a rejection!), having someone actively looking out for me and cheering me on in my journey is incredibly uplifting. And, the fact that I was quickly hired after joining the program is the cherry on-top!”