Parks Canada and the New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) are working together to create opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning at Fundy National Park, while developing job skills that are in high demand across New Brunswick. Through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the partners will collaborate on a variety of skill-building projects that will result in a lasting contribution to Fundy National Park's visitor experience, resource conservation, and external relations programming.
For example, the construction of ‘rustic cabins’ is one way that NBCC and Parks Canada have worked together to create meaningful opportunities for students to apply their job skills, while enhancing Fundy National Park’s accommodations offer. Beginning in 2016, two cabins will be available for use by Fundy National Park’s guests, and were built in collaboration with NBCC students of the Moncton campus’ Building and Construction faculty.
- Both Parks Canada and NBCC wish to maximize opportunities to develop hands-on learning that engages students in activities personally relevant to them, and to foster a sense of pride and connection to the natural and cultural heritage of New Brunswick and Canada.
- Rustic cabins built by NBCC students represent one way that the partners have worked together and will be available for guests in 2016. The cabins are located in “mid-country” locations so guests can enjoy a hike-in camping experience, without the long trek of backcountry wilderness.
- Looking forward, Fundy National Park and NBCC will explore collaborations in the development of various student projects and programs, including student life programming, sustainable energy projects, community and economic development initiatives, and resource conservation projects.
“By formalizing Parks Canada’s relationship with NBCC, we are committing to creating exceptional opportunities for students to engage in hands-on, skill building activities throughout our Field Unit. The quality and diversity of programs offered by NBCC, and the emphasis placed on graduating socially engaged students, provide endless opportunities for collaboration with Parks Canada in New Brunswick”.
-Geri Syroteuk, Field Unit Superintendent
“This agreement builds on NBCC's reputation of working collaboratively with private and public sectors in New Brunswick for the growth and development of skilled, socially engaged graduates. Through expanded opportunities at Fundy National Park, our students are applying their skills in a meaningful way that will have lasting impacts in our province.”
-Marilyn Luscombe, NBCC President and CEO
Fundy National Park
New Brunswick Community College
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Partnering, Engagement and Communications Officer, Fundy National Park
Office: 506-887-6394; Cell: 506-227-4705
Parks Canada Agency