Summer Students

Did You Know . . . The Town provides summer employment for students each year. Several members of this year’s crew are already on the job.

Town summer students (l-r) Dustin Coulson, Carlene Bulas, Cody Hewitt and Monique Lachance work on reconditioning the Landing Stage in preparation for upcoming parades and Athabasca Centennial celebrations.

Summer Students provide added support

Every year, the Town looks for opportunities to provide summer employment for qualifying students. Several members of this year’s student crew are already on the job providing added support to the existing Town Outside Services team.

When possible, the Town takes advantage of government programs to subsidize the expense of hiring the students. This year, two programs have been accessed: Canadian Summer Jobs, a Government of Canada initiative; and the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP), an initiative of the Government of Alberta. Two students have been hired through each of these programs.

The two students hired through the Canadian Summer Jobs initiative are Monique Lachance, from Athabasca, and Dustin Coulson, from Stony Plain, Alberta.

The two students hired through the STEP program are Carlene Bulas and Cody Hewitt, both from Athabasca.

Monique will be attending Concordia University in the fall where she will pursue an interest in Dental Hygiene.

Dustin will be completing his Design and Illustration diploma at Grant MacEwan University, Centre for the Arts, and plans to freelance as a graphic designer.

Carlene will attend Bow Valley College in Calgary, where she will study Interior Design and Decorating.

Cody will be heading for Red Deer College to advance his interest in Theatre and Entertainment Production.

Working for the Town through the summer not only benefits the Town, but also gives the students some much appreciated additional income.

The work they do can vary from day to day. At present, much of it is focused on community clean-up, and parks and recreation maintenance in preparation for this summer’s festivals and Centennial events. The students engage in mowing the grassy areas around town, weed control, garbage pick-up, general clean-up, and other duties as required.

One project they have been working on is helping to restore the Landing Stage, the coach that commemorates the historic ‘Landing to Fort Edmonton’ stagecoach run. The coach is being cleaned up and re-painted in preparation for upcoming parades and other Athabasca Centennial celebrations.

The Town is pleased to have these students on board for the summer and appreciates the support they provide to existing staff members.

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