Lindsay Finnie

by FORP on May 6th, 2013

Playwright, Toronto
Esker Lakes Ontario Ranger, 2006

The Ontario Ranger Program was a tradition in my family. My father was a Ranger in the 70s and returned as a Supervisor. I watched both my older brothers go through the program in their respective years, my one brother returning as Staff as well. I remember hearing stories from my father, looking at pictures of my brothers and dreaming about what it would be like when it was finally my turn. This program is in my blood.
Words cannot even begin to appropriately articulate my feelings towards the Ontario Ranger Program and what it has done for me. There is no doubt in my mind that I would not be the same person I am today had I not had Esker Lakes in my life. I have been so fortunate to experience the OR Program from two different perspectives, ranger and supervisor.
As a ranger, this program was monumental. I will be the first to admit that I was a very sad teenager. I didn’t know who I was, where I was going or what place I had in the world. My self-confidence and worth were next to microscopic. Rangers was the place that I learned the value of me and the work I did. I was challenged every day, whether it was on the worksite by my supervisors or by myself, trying to work up the courage to make new friends, open up and learn from the wealth of knowledge and experience everyone brought into that camp. I found within me more than I ever thought I had, and it breaks my heart to think that future generations of seventeen year olds in Ontario won’t have the opportunity I did.
As a supervisor, it was my chance to give back everything the program had given me. I got to witness young girls become young women. I saw other seventeen year old Lindsays find themselves and push their boundaries every day. I still have many past rangers on Facebook, and it warms my heart when I see them taking what they learned from the OR Program and putting it towards giving themselves the best future they possibly can. I don’t think there is a Ranger I’ve met who hasn’t told me that their summer in the Ranger Program changed their life.
In the wake of the government’s announcement to close this program, I think the flood of support, stories, memories, and petitions is testament to how vital the Ontario Ranger Program is to this province and its youth.  

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