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By ALEXANDRA MONTANA Staff Writer Job opportunities are available on campus for environmentally conscious students. The Sustainability Committee is looking for a student representative for the 2013/2014 academic year, to act for the committee and Niagara Environmental Corps (NEC). Upon approval, another job position will open for a student representative for Trout Unlimited, a registered Canadian non-profit organization. Its mission is to conserve Canada’s fresh water ecosystems and cold-water resources. Gina Pannunzio, sustainability engagement assistant, says the goal is to have representatives for both the non-profit and the committee so that students interested in either organization can gain insight into future projects and initiatives, and be included in future tasks during the school year. “Having a student representative participate in any sustainability and/or environmentally focused organization is a great way for students to gain professional experience, represent their peers, and learn from those who have quite a bit of experience.”
Pannunzio says that having a representative is a great experience for the organization too. “On the other hand, for organizations, having a student representative participate, it opens up an avenue for creativity and fresh insight to some of the initiatives taking place, that they may not receive without a student/youth rep.” Taryn Wilkinson, sustainability co-ordinator, says the representative position has always been available; however, this is the first year they have introduced the application form for the position. “We did this because we have more students interested and we wanted to ensure it was a fair, open and transparent process and ensure we find the best fit. We value our students’ opinions and they can really help us pinpoint what the students want, and how we can communicate what we are doing and trying to achieve.” Although there will be two separate representatives, Pannunzio says there will be periodic meetings held so each party remains “in sync”, as well as to present new topics of interest and reflect on previous projects’ results. Students are encouraged to be self-motivated, and have a passion for community-led conservation and sustainability. Those interested must have their applications and resumés submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Oct. 31. A representative will be chosen the beginning of November. For more information visit the college’s sustainability website at http://sustainability.niagaracollege.ca/content/GetInvolved.aspx.