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The Green Legacy Programme has won the following awards for its ongoing commitment to the environment:
Steph was a city girl who came to love working with trees. When she looked up from her work she took in the natural beauty of the forest and the pond. Steph's time at The Green Legacy touched something inside of her because when asked about the impact of her experience, she replied, "I wish I could work here forever".
Steph was part of "Ways to Work", a youth employment program. Her placement at The Green Legacy ran from January to August 2012. She assisted the staff with student visits and "outplants", where she helped Grade 7 & 8 students plant trees as wind and snow breaks on properties around Wellington County.
Steph liked the structure of her day. She knew what was expected of her and the staff were happy to answer her questions. The physical, outdoor work appealed to Steph. Keeping busy with a variety of tasks helped her stay focused, and at the end of the day it felt good to have planted trees. Working in the soil, getting her hands dirty and breathing in the fresh, evergreen scented air made for a happy workplace. The city is "okay" says Steph, but in the future she sees herself living in the country.
Learning that she could do things she never thought she could was Steph's most significant experience at The Green Legacy. She realized that she could persevere and complete the tasks she was given. Steph appreciated being given options regarding the work that needed to be done and that she could do tasks for which she felt most suited. In addition to learning about seedlings, watering schedules, and dormancy, Steph gained skills in tree identification. She also learned about the butterflies and other insects found on the property.
Reflecting back to her first day, Steph wasn't entirely sure that she would be able to finish her required hours. She didn't think she had the required work skills. Today, however, Steph states that she has more confidence in herself and she is more interested in nature than before she started the placement. Her plans for the future are now oriented toward a career related to the environment. Steph's experience at The Green Legacy opened her eyes to new possibilities.
"I think saving the environment is one of the most important issues right now", says Steph. She realized that caring for nature could be a really positive thing... which is perhaps the most valuable lesson The Green Legacy could hope participants learn.