South Peace News
The Forest Products Association has announced the winners of its 2020 Green Dream Bloggers internships.
The 11 winners include two Grande Prairie residents and Peace River’s Arianna Loogman, who will be interning with Mercer International.
It is the second year Loogman will be completing a Green Dream internship through FPAC. She also worked for Mercer last summer.
“Being chosen for a second season is particularly encouraging,” Loogman says.
Those selected to be FPAC’s Green Dream Bloggers will receive a scholarship to support their ongoing education, and will blog throughout the summer about their experiences in Canada’s forest products industry.
“Despite the serious challenges posed by COVID-19, our team was happy to see such great interest in the program again this year from both forestry companies and summer interns,” says FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor.
“The Green Dream Bloggers program not only provides development opportunities for young Canadians and raises awareness of the different jobs in our industry, but it also showcases in real time how we are sustainably managing our forests and the innovative and environmentally-friendly products being manufactured at Canadian mills,” he adds.
Loogman is looking forward to her work.
“Doing this internship has been more impactful than I thought it would be because it really makes you step back and evaluate what you’re learning throughout a season,” Loogman says.
“It provides an outlet to talk about your work, your community, the company you work for and also just to share the things that interest you. One of my favourite aspects of the blog is definitely being able to share so many photos, and reading about the experiences of other bloggers,” she adds.
This September, Loogman will be starting her third year of a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Conservation Sciences, majoring in conservation biology, at the University of Alberta.
“This scholarship not only helps with school financially but it has also helped me to become a better communicator,” Loogman says.
“For the biweekly blogs I have had to write in a way that pushes me outside of my comfort zone but that I now look forward to each time. Communicating effectively is a skill that you are never finished improving and that is so important in school.”
Loogman says it’s also a good experience to put on her resume in the future when looking for a job in the world of forestry, environmental sciences and other related fields.