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Darcee O'Hearn (Forest Educator)

Darcee O'Hearn with Pete Schroder from the Department of Renewable Resources (Selkirk College) at the ILA tradeshow career fair in Vernon.

Students posw with the birdhouses they have made with West Kootenay forest educator, Darcee O'Hearn.

My name is Darcee O'Hearn and I am the new West Kootenay forest educator.  My background includes being a former international white water kayak competitor, a cross country bicycler, a published writer, and a motivational speaker.  For the past four years, I have coordinated my own “Living with Bears” program, teaching people how to avoid bear encounters both at home and in the bush. I have my diploma in Forestry from BCIT and have since worked for several large BC forest companies.

Having been employed as the West Kootenay Forest Educator for the past 2½ months, I have already been involved with a number of different projects and events. These include building bird houses with over 60 students, hosting a booth at a Castlegar science fair, participating in a course with the Science World staff on how to deliver memorable presentations, and even speaking to the Minister of Forests at the ILA convention!! 

I have recently taken seminars on the Mountain Pine Beetle through the Arrow Forest District Ministry of Forests office and have established a relationship with their team so that we can work together to spread the good news about Forestry and all the amazing job opportunities available for our future generation.  I have also teamed up with FOR:EX's planning committee for the 2007 National Forestry week in September. This spring and fall, I will be on the road with the ILA forest education van, visiting community celebrations and schools throughout our district to reach as many kids and adults as possible. It is going to be a great year!

This job promises to be one of my best accomplishments and each day so far has been different, exciting, and memorable. I look forward to educating both children and adults about our very important sustainable resource. My goal is to change the mindset of those people who believe the forest industry is a dying industry and to let people know that it is the #1 renewable and sustainable resource in British Columbia.   

Many thanks to my boss, Kevin Nichol, for allowing me to become part of the team of forest educators in the southern interior!!

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