Meet Sydney and Lisa! They are the 2019 High Prairie JFR Crew Leaders.
Tell us a bit about yourself
Hello! We are 2019 High Prairie crew leaders! First up, Sydney is a kinesiology major student at the University of Lethbridge. Originally from the small town of Marathon in Northern Ontario, Sydney loves travelling, music, reading, paddle boarding and anything sports injury related. Secondly, coming from Vancouver Island B.C, Lisa is a recent grad of the GIS program at Vancouver Island University and is working on finishing up her bachelors in Geography and Environmental Science. Lisa is a keen rock climbing, self proclaimed plant nerd and loves everything to do with understanding the outdoors.
Why did you apply to the JFR program?
We both applied to the JFR program with the same mindset that we love adventure and new experiences. We both find that when we are in school, expectations from those around us don’t always fit with our desired lifestyles and as much as we love being there, we need change in order to truly be ourselves. The JFR program embodies this as one day is never the same as the next and we both get to explore and travel to new places in our country.
How has your experience been so far with JFR?
Our experience with JFR so far has been nothing less then amazing. We have had the pleasure to connect with so many other like-minded leaders that it feels as though were like a family. We have been kept busy planning away at our busy summer but still had the opportunity to jump on a tree planting project the last two days to get some real hands on experience!
What are you most excited about for the upcoming summer?
Aside from meeting the jiffers we are most excited about getting on a real fire!
What makes you happy?
What makes us happy? Tacos. Just tacos. Kidding, asides from the amazing mouth watering dish we find that making positive connections with people proves to be a key component towards finding happiness.
What is your dream job?
Sydney: my dream job would be making balloon animals for seniors yet is that falls though I hope to become a physical therapist and yoga therapist in a rehabilitation hospital or working somehow with doctors without boarders.
Lisa: Ever since I was a little girl I had a dream of becoming the best and highest accredited Subway sandwich artist. After years of practice and refinement of my skills I have finally succeeded in the vigorous application process and am still awaiting my acceptance letter. If this falls through, my fallback would be working as an outdoor educator for a conservation agency or a teacher (there’s just too many options!)
Describe what JFR means to you in 5 words or less?
Friendship. Community. Experience. Outdoors.
What do you like most about your co-leader?
Lisa: Sydney loves puns and is super pun-ctual (insert bad pun laugh here). Seriously though, I love the positivity Sydney brings to the tables. It doesn’t matter whether were sitting in the office for the day or out in the mud planting trees with soaked boots- Sydney always seems to be in a good mood!
Sydney: Lisa is an amazing addition to the High Prairie team. I don’t think she’s stopped smiling since we met and I can tell she will bring that energy with her for everything we get up to this summer. She loves her fun facts and is always excited about what we are planning and doing! Her love for the outdoors is contagious and has made me want to be more actively involved! I can’t wait to spend the summer with her!
Describe your JFR base with a pop culture/musical reference
Corner gas. But the best version of corner gas.
What is one thing that you have learnt or completed through JFR that you never thought you would?
Lisa: the ability to be a leader. I have always thought of myself as a little shy and the leader training and being part of this program has given me the opportunity to branch out and become the leader I have always wanted to be.
Sydney: The list is endless. I have learnt everything from how to be comfortable using power tools to using a compass and a map to reorient myself (for someone who is directionally challenged, that is a huge one). But I have also learnt how many amazing opportunities this organization has to offer and I can’t wait to share that with everyone I come across.