Benjamin Scheufler (Natural Resources Conservation)

Benjamin Scheufler – The Boreal Centre for Sustainability

BSCN – The Boreal Centre for Sustainability, West Moberly Lake, BC

For my first co-op term, I have had the unique opportunity to work with the Boreal Centre for Sustainability as a Community Sustainability Technician. My duties here include a variety of different activities. To list a few, I have assisted in ongoing agricultural research on Haskap berry production, made contributions to community food-security agricultural initiatives, as well as designed and implemented sustainable infrastructure (e.g. gravity feed irrigation systems, solar air and water heaters, and garden spaces using recycled materials). Additionally I have been organizing community outreach initiatives through local farmers markets, weekly labour exchanges at different local permaculture sites, and the creation of informational video content for use by community members. I am also undertaking an ongoing redesign of the Boreal Centre’s website to enhance the online learning resources we offer.

Though the work can often be challenging, this diverse ensemble of responsibilities has given me the opportunity to learn several skills during my time here thus far. Namely, I have learned a great deal about proper organization in order to properly manage my time between a variety of ongoing projects, as well as problem solving in order to remedy any issues that arise, with minimal supervision required.

This Co-op term has been a very rewarding experience for me, and I strongly believe that I have grown as a person as a result of my decision to venture North to the Boreal Centre for Sustainability.

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