Tolko co-op student wins Green Dream internship

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Ian Henry Penninga, at Tolko, is one of 15 winners of this year’s Green Dream Internship program, says a Forest Product Association of Canada (FPAC) news release. FPAC launched Green Dream in 2013. Winners receive a scholarship and blog about their work experience.

Penninga is from Smithers, BC and is studying a bachelor of science in wood products processing at the University of British Columbia.

“Growing up in Smithers, allowed me to really develop a love for the outdoors, something which I always wish to continue to grow no matter where I am living,” says Penninga in his Green Dream application. “I am currently in my third year of studies and have been lucky enough to land a job with the Tolko Athabasca OSB mill for my second co-op term.”

“I would like to share my experiences working for this great company and also share my experience living in a small town,” he adds. “Tolko has been (an) amazing workplace already, and even though the job site is located a long distance from university in Vancouver, I would like to show other potential or current students in various green industries that just because jobs may be far from your home, it is up to you to make the location where you live enjoyable.”

In the news release, FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor says, “Despite the many challenges presented by COVID-19, we have been very pleased to see strong interest in proceeding with summer internships from Canadian forest companies and students alike.

He adds, “The Green Dream Internship Program not only provides development opportunities for young Canadians, but it also gives them a first-hand look at our commitment to sustainable forest management, advancing reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and communities, and the growing demand for our sector’s green products.”

Other interns work at mills and forest companies in Peace River, Grande Prairie, Whitecourt (four interns at three companies), Hudson Bay and Meadow Lake (Saskatchewan), Fort St. John, 100 Mile House, and Fraser Lake (BC), Timmins (Ontario), and Ste. Thomas and Saint-Félicien (Quebec).

Ian Henry Penninga at Tolko is one of 15 winners of a Forest Product Association of Canada (FPAC) internship. Courtesy of FPAC.

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