My Summer as a Discover Parks AmbassadorOctober 18, 2020
This past summer, I got the exciting opportunity to work as a Discover Park Ambassador for BC Parks Foundation in three of the most beautiful provincial parks on Vancouver Island. All centered around Parksville: Englishman River Falls, Little Qualicum Falls and Rathtrevor Beach, each have their own unique beauty and charm. I remember the first time I saw each of the parks, I was taken aback with gratitude for these protected spaces and their stunning views of mountains, oceans, waterfalls, old growth forests, and moss-covered trees. The best part was my whole job revolved around sharing with people the beauty of these places.
As a Park Ambassador my job was to improve visitors' park experience by not only being a source of information but also running fun and educational programs! I got the freedom to plan, create, and implement my very own programs about topics I was truly passionate about. Although I knew little of the island, having grown up in Ontario, I had the best experience exploring, discovering, and learning alongside all of you.
One of my favorite programs to run this summer was our park tours, where I got to show off the best of what the parks have to offer while discussing and sharing knowledge about the local plants and animals. I had some of my best memories spotting owls in the trees, hunting for crabs in tide pools, and hiking the trails with you. In the evenings, I provided campfire entertainment alongside my co-workers Dani and Seth, sharing laughs, stories and of course music!
The most valuable thing I took away from this past summer was simply being a part of parks. The more time I spent in each of the provincial parks the more connected I felt to them. I learned so much from working there. I taught myself how to identify west coast plants, researching which were edible and what medicinal uses they held. I learned from co- workers about all kinds of topics from Spotted Owls to Dungeness Crabs. And perhaps most importantly, I was taught the importance of taking care of protected areas and treating them with respect. Sharing this knowledge was a source of pride and there's nothing quite like putting a smile on a visitor's face.
So, I want to say thank you to all of you, whether you simply said good morning on a trail, took a tour of the park with me, or shared songs and stories around your campfire. I hope your summer was as memorable as mine was.
- May 30, 2019
- June 20, 2019
- October 16, 2019
BC's parks are quite simply wonders. They are places of majesty and beauty. They are gathering places for families and communities. They are engines of our economy in attracting millions of tourists to our province. And they are sanctuaries to millions of plants and animals, creating the biodiversity that gives British Columbians the clean air and clean water so vital to our healthy existence.”