Paula Fuss

Posted on March 25th, 2013

Commercial Helicopter Pilot - Ingersoll, ON
Sleeping Giant Ontario Ranger, 2002
Looking back, I can honestly say that the summer of 2002 at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park with the Ontario Ranger Program was one of the best experiences I have had.  It was truly life-changing, in the best of ways.

Before going to Rangers, I was lost when it came to deciding which direction to take my life after high school. I knew that I loved the outdoors, but had no idea what kinds of careers would suit my interests. While at Rangers, I was exposed to a number of outdoor jobs and activities. I learned the importance of teamwork and perseverance. I met friends that 11 years later, I still talk to on a regular basis. Most importantly, I found a rich source of confidence in myself that has helped me with nearly every aspect of my life since.
While on a canoe trip that summer, I watched a float plane fly over and then land on a lake nearby. I had seen planes before, but it was this particular experiences that helped me to realize that flying was my dream. It was like someone turned on the light bulb in my brain and I’m happy to say that it’s still burning bright. I became a commercial helicopter pilot at the age of 18 and have since flown thousands of hours in several provinces, and even continents. I still use the skills I learned at Rangers when I’m at work.

Learning of the Ranger Program’s closure is a huge disappointment. It means that teens will no longer get to experience the incredible benefits of this unique program, and that perhaps some of their future dreams will go unrealized.  I sincerely hope that the Ontario Ranger Program can be reinstated in the near future.

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