Summer Students

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Summer Students


The Gorge Waterway Action Society (GWAS) was able to hire two summer students for the summer of 2017 thanks to funding from the Canada Summer Jobs Program.


Stephanie Gurney- Ecological Restoration Technician

Stephanie is a student at the University of Victoria working towards a Bachelor of Science in Geography with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability, as well as a Diploma in Restoration of Natural Systems. Over the summer of 2017, Stephanie will be working with the Gorge Waterway Action Society on daily operations of the Nature House, managing volunteers, and assisting a restoration projects within Esquimalt Gorge Park.  Stephanie will return to her studies at the University of Victoria in the fall with the goal of graduating in April 2018.


Jillian Martin - Marketing and Outreach Coordinator


Jillian graduated with from the University of Toronto with a double major in Environmental Studies and History. She continues to study at Camosun College to pursue a diploma in Environmental Technology.In 2017, Jillian focused on revitalizing the Nature House. She will continue with GWAS, in a volunteer capacity, as the Outreach Coordinator and the Board Secretary.


Projects Completed by Summer Students in 2016

*Stay tuned for projects completed in 2017*

  • Operating the Gorge Waterway Nature House, which was open everyday in the summer of 2016;
  • Reorganized, and re-designed displays in the Nature House;
  • Organized a volunteer invasive species removal event;
  • Removal of invasive species in Kinsmen Gorge Park including, English Ivy (Hedera Helix), Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus armeniacus), Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea);
  • Monitoring and sectioned removal of native parasitic species Salt Marsh Dodder (Cuscuta Salina)
  • Assisted the World Fisheries Trust with Nature House children's programs, as well as beach programs throughout Victoria;
  • Tracked and reported on Nature House visitor attendance throughout the summer;
  • Ran Silent Auction Events inside the Nature House;
  • Redesigned the GWAS Website;
  • Created and managed the Gorge Waterway Nature House Facebook Page;
  • Created newsletters and promotional handouts for GWAS and the Nature House;
  • Worked on collaborative projects with local ENGO's such as World Fisheries Trust, SeaChange, Oceans Network Canada, and the Habitat Acquisition Trust.