Allison Sutton

by FORP on July 8th, 2013

Boarding Assistant, Korean International School 
Sleeping Giant Ontario Ranger, 2006 

 "This one time at Rangers…" became a sentence starter that I spoke often after the summer of 2006. I spent that summer in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park with 22 other girls my age, as part of the Ontario Ranger Program. 
The Ranger Program is something that cannot be adequately described to anyone who is unfamiliar with it. I have been fortunate enough to have experienced a range of great jobs, but Rangers was, without a doubt, the best summer of my life. 

I will never be able to thank this program enough for the lessons it taught me. I learned how to push myself, how to persevere, what I am truly capable of. I learned respect for the environment and developed an immense appreciation for the outdoors. Rangers taught me how to get along with others and build relationships. To this day I still cherish those friendships deeply. Looking back, I still laugh at some of the ridiculous ways we passed the time. I will hold dearly the stories and memories from that summer for the rest of my life. 

Being a Ranger was also my first experience of embarking on an adventure on my own, away from the familiar. Since then I have embraced such opportunities whole-heartedly. I know this courage stems from the overwhelmingly positive experience I had with the Ranger program.
The cancellation of the program is devastating. Reflecting on the formative experience I had, and hearing stories from my siblings, it saddens me to know that my youngest brother (and other youth) will not have this opportunity. In a world where technology is dominant and opportunities for young people are hard to find, a program like Ontario Rangers offers youth something very unique and valuable. I find it extremely disheartening that this is not recognized by our provincial leaders. 

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Annabel Newmaster - July 9th, 2013 at 7:55 AM
Well written Sutton!! Go sleepy G, bring back the ranger program!

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