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Jim JenkinsonJim Jenkinson (Forest Educator)

Newly Hired Forest Educator for the East Kootenay Zone

Hello! My name is Jim Jenkinson and I am very excited about becoming the new Forest Education Coordinator for the East Kootenay zone, effective November 19, 2007. (A special thank you to Norma Blissett for doing an excellent job delivering the program in the past and we wish her continued success as she pursues new career challenges.) 

I am committed to public education and life-long learning. After a successful career in metal casting, I returned to university then began teaching in Ontario in the early 1990s. After moving to Invermere with my family ten years ago, I continued to teach at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels with Rocky Mountain School District 6 (SD6) and College of the Rockies (COTR). I am currently serving a first term as a Trustee on the SD6 Board of Education. My wife Nancy is the Director of Finance at Panorama Mountain Village and our children attend J.A. Laird Elementary School.

In addition to my qualifications to teach Kindergarten to grade12 plus adult education, I have completed the “Project Forests” and “Project Wild” certificate programs. “Wild Voices for Kids”, another outdoor program, was developed locally with fabulous resources that I have also used in my classrooms. As a COTR instructor and former consultant at the Canfor Radium Division, I enjoyed collaborating with forestry staff in their varied work areas. There is still much more for me to learn… and to teach… about this important industry!

treesI will be attending the ForestEDWest Conference in Kelowna from January 24-27, 2008.  What a timely opportunity for me to network with other forest education stakeholders from across Western Canada! I plan to learn more about emerging forest issues and gather new resources that reflect best practices for forest education. 

I am looking forward to joining students and teachers in their classrooms and outdoors as we discover more about forestry in BC.                                             

Contact me at [email protected] or [email protected] or (250) 342-0753. 


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