One Of Our Own: Students Take Pride In Keeping Parks Spectacular

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July 19, 2019

While it may just look like nature and a couple small buildings, it takes an army of people to keep NWT Parks well-maintained and full of happy campers.

This summer, Alex Robertson and Sarah Letemplier came back up north during a break in their studies to join the army and keep North Slave parks humming.

Both northern raised, Alex from Inuvik and Sarah from Yellowknife, the pair are described by their supervisors as dedicated and reliable.

Letemplier is attending the University of Calgary and is studying education, while Alex is attending Algonquin College for recreation and leisure. This is Sarah’s first year as a GNWT summer student, while Alex is returning for his third stint as a GNWT summer student.

Throughout the summer, they’ve been taking part in important projects – ranging from daily maintenance tasks like brush cutting and filling potholes , to major improvement projects like reinstalling 50 feet of dock at the Prelude Marina.

They both say they’ve enjoyed the work a lot – the fact they get to work while enjoying the outdoors, and that there’s real progress as a result of their work.

A lot of that progress is tied to investments the GNWT is making in parks infrastructure. As the territory’s parks take a growing role in tourism and recreation, a growing number of people expect world-class, well-maintained infrastructure.

Robertson and Letemplier are two of many across the territory who execute that vision all season – bringing guests back to their favourite spots year after year.