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Canada Day and Green Jobs celebrated at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg

July 03, 2019

Group at Assiniboine Park

PLT Canada’s Green Jobs Manager, Zac Wagman (4th from left) and his brother Nick (2nd from left) visited Dr. Doug Eyolfson, MP, and Green Jobs youth on Canada Day 2019, at Assiniboine Park, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

What better way to celebrate Canada then by bringing together youth working in green jobs in Canada’s forests, conservation areas and parks. Canada’s size and ecological diversity mean that Green Jobs are plentiful and essential to preserving a sustainable tomorrow for today’s youth. As Canada’s natural environment provides an abundance of opportunities for students and youth to pursue green careers in forest, parks and conservation sectors, there was no better time to celebrate youth employment in these sectors than on Canada Day.

“Canada Day is a great opportunity to see the nation’s natural beauty, but the opportunities don’t end there! If you’re passionate about the outdoors and Canada’s diverse forests, check out what great Green Jobs experiences are out there for youth,” said Zac Wagman, PLT Canada’s Green Jobs Manager in addressing the assembled youth.

Zac is cycling across Canada on the Green Ride for Green Jobs. He is visiting 50 PLT Canada Green Jobs employers, in over 100 communities, across nine provinces. He is also profiling youth working in green jobs and sharing their experiences on social media to highlight the types of careers that exist in the forest, conservation and parks sectors. (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).

He started the Green Ride on May 13 in Victoria, B.C., and is set to finish, 8,750 km later, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on September 24. Green Jobs include positions in ecosystem and wildlife management, recreation and interpretation, conservation and research, and more, and are supported through our strong partnerships with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Canadian Parks Council (CPC) networks.

“Our government is committed to ensuring that more young Canadians receive the education, training and experience they need to pursue fulfilling careers—particularly those who face additional barriers. The Green Jobs program has succeeded in placing thousands of youth in opportunities that instill a passion for conservation, green living, and the Canadian outdoors—and that’s truly something to celebrate,” said Dr. Doug Eyolfson, Member of Parliament for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley, the Winnipeg riding that’s home to Assiniboine Park where the Green Jobs Canada Day celebration took place. Special thanks to Dr. Doug Eyolfson and the Assiniboine Park for hosting Zac and PLT Canada for the day.

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