C@P Sites across the province have said goodbye to another group of youth interns, as they finished up projects, final reports and headed back to school. Besides gaining some valuable work experience, I hope that each student learned some work place skills that will prove to be beneficial to them. On behalf of ICCNS, I would like to thank our interns for the work they did this summer.
Mellisa Hines – Meat Cove Evan Fitzgerald – Pleasant Bay
Kyle MacLennan – Margaree Sean Larade – Inverness
Jolene MacKinnon – Scotsville Ian Hays – Whycocomagh
Jessica MacLennan – Mabou Donnie MacInnis – Glendale
Brittany MacIsaac – Judique Adam Procter – Port Hawkesbury
Tianna MacLeod – Port Hood Coady Bustin -Youth Coordinator
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The theme for this summer’s Youth Initiative Program is Healthy Active Living. You might ask “What does Active Living have to do with computers?” There are many ways to integrate computers, information technology and current electronics with healthy living such as: using the internet to search for healthy alternatives, recipies, activities, exercises; using the computer to log physical activity and diet and tracking results; participating in active living discussion groups etc.
An increasingly popular activity that combines both physical activity and information technology is the use of global positioning units, or GPS’s. One of the most popular activities using a gps is Geocaching. Our youth interns are busy learning how to use GPS’s and all about geocaching, so they can assist the public with the use of their own gps’s and give assistance to anyone who wants to get involved in geocaching.
To learn more about geocaching watch the below videos then go to http://www.geocaching.com/.
How To Geocache
ICCNS has hired Coady Bustin as their Summer Youth Coordinator (Mentor). Coady resides in Skye Glen and attends Memorial University in Newfoundland where is enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts program, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Law & Society.
Coady was a national recipient for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation in 2006, as well as the Lieutenant Governor’s Medallion and the Governor General’s Academic Medal. He is on the Dean’s List at Memorial University.
Coady’s interest in politics are evident as he is the Nova Scotia Caucus Chair, MYP Candidate for Cape Breton–Canso.
He should be able to help us “Go Green at C@P” (our theme from last summer) as he was Environmental Coordinator for his residence at MUN, where he developed recycling and green initiatives.
Coady is very proficient with computers, both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems. He has first-hand knowledge with desktop publishing, graphics, and word processing software. He has already created a lovely new brochure for ICCNS, updated the ICCNS Youth Forum and helped me out with a number of computer related tasks.
Being not just a scout but a Chief Scout – receiving the Cheif Scout’s Award, the highest possible award in Canadian Scouting; Coady has taken our theme for this summer – Geocaching at C@P – and run with it. I mean this literally! He ran with the GPS that was given to our region from NS C@P before I had a chance to open the box! We’re both really excited about this project, and he was anxious to get his hands on the GPS and learn everything about it. I can relate, because when I received a second GPS for ICCNS yesterday, I did the same!
Another one of Coady’s interests is in theatre. He has been a member of the Centre Stage Players Group for the past couple of years and has performed in the large summer production of a two-act play, “Office Hours” and just recently “Cobbler, Stick to Thy Last” – which the play group performed at the Liverpool International Theatre Festival.
Coady has many skills and talents to bring to the table, and we at ICCNS are looking forward to an exciting and successful summer with him in place as Youth Coordinator. Check out his blog –Blog at High Dough.
Most of you will be reviewing resumes and preparing to interview students for summer positions either in your C@P Sites or your own establishments. I’m going to pass on yet another tip from Todd Lucier – Hire a Twit. The number one reason why Web Site Information is not updated and becomes stale, or worse – dead, is because we simply don’t have the time to update it. So recruit a Twit – a summer student who knows how….then if part of their job description is to spend one hour, each week either writing a blog entry, video tapping your establishment, video tapping your quests for testimonials, taking pictures of you site to update to the webpage/flickr site – your web content is being updated! Read more in Todd’s blog: How to Recruit a Twit
Last summer, C@P Youth Interns across the province participated in a video project. The goal of that project was to create a video that would show viewers their CAP Site, places of interest and/or a citizen of interest from within their community.
The following are videos that were created from the youth interns in Inverness County.
Inverness C@P Site – C@P Day in Inverness
by Courtney MacDonald
Mabou C@P Site
by Kayla Beaton
Glendale C@P Site
by Donnie MacInnis
We are currently receiving applications for Summer Youth Intern Positions for each of our C@P Site Locations. These Youth Intern Positions provide students with not only summer employment with a competitive wage, but with valuable work experience and essential job skills. If you know of any students, that are returning to school in the fall, who are computer savy and have good people skills – have them check out our employment opportunities!!