Brandon James "Jamaica" Vendryes

Posted on March 18th, 2013

Student (School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences) - Fleming College, Lindsay ON
Machesney Ontario Ranger, 2009
My summer in the Ranger program was only my second year back in Canada, after having spent most of my life in my mother's home country. For this reason, I knew very little about my birth country, Canada.  As a Ranger, I worked with people from all over Ontario - from Toronto to Thunder Bay - all with their own stories. This helped me to learn more about this province and country.  For example, before then, I hadn't known there were French-speaking communities in Ontario.  Until I heard fellow Rangers and staff speaking together in French, I thought only people from Quebec spoke French.  I also never knew much about the Aboriginal people and their history until that summer. 

My time as a Ranger included my first visits to provincial parks, and to the city of Ottawa. Coming from Richmond Hill, I had almost never been further north than Newmarket.  As a Ranger, I got to be in a northern, natural environment, where I learned how to fish, and how to canoe.  I also received two co-op credits for high school through the program. 
The Ontario Ranger Program helped me to love Canada and to call myself a Canadian. It also led me to my love of the environment. I am currently in my last year at Fleming College: School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences, in the Environmental Technology program.  At college, I sometimes get to see former co-workers and other Rangers from years before and after me.  This program shows you that you can make friends for life. I love the Ranger program and am sad to see it cancelled for future generations. 


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