Winter 2022 Research Assistant and Marketing and Communications Intern Hired!

Updated: Mar 14

The Trail Research Hub is pleased to announce the return of Courtney Duckett as the Trail Tourism and Social Enterprise Research Assistant for the Winter 2022 Co-Op Semester at the University of Waterloo. In this role, she will also serve as a Marketing and Communications Intern with the Ontario Trails Council.


© Ontario Trails Council

The Trails and Social Enterprise Project, headed up by Kelsey Johansen (University of Waterloo) and Community Liaisons Kirsten Spence (Querwood Consulting) and Jane McCulloch (Terminus Consulting), recently hired a Trails Tourism and Social Enterprise Research Assistant and Marketing and Communications Intern for the Winter 2022 Co-Op Semester. Funding for this position was provided by the University of Waterloo's Provost's Office, the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), and a partnership with the Ontario Trails Council.


Trails Tourism and Social Enterprise Research Assistant


From January through April 2022, Courtney Duckett will join the Trails and Social Enterprise Research Team as the Trails Tourism and Social Enterprise Research Assistant. In this role, Courtney will help conduct the project's Focus Groups, assist with transcription and analysis of focus group data, and liaise with community partners across Canada’s diverse trail tourism communities, identifying strategic opportunities for case study analysis, as we begin a new phase of this longitudinal research project.


Ontario Trails Council Marketing and Communications Intern


In her secondary role as the Ontario Trails Council Marketing and Communications Intern, Courtney will support the goals and objectives of the Marketing and Communications Sub-Committee of the Ontario Trails Council including membership engagement, undertaking a website audit and developing a social media toolkit.


Meet Courtney

Courtney Duckett

Courtney is now in her third-year of studies at the University of Waterloo, majoring in Geography and Environmental Management. This past summer, Courtney work for Ontario Parks, as a Information Officer at McRae Point Provincial Park where she worked for the past three years as a Gate Attendant. She enjoys sharing her interest and passion for the outdoors with park visitors as well as reading literature about climate change and other environmental issues with hopes of innovating new approaches to sustainably interact with nature.


In Courtney’s spare time she can generally be found taking a walk to the local lake with her dog Taco. Her favourite places to be are deep within nature at Killarney Provincial Park or Bon Echo Provincial Park in Ontario. Courtney has plans to go backpack camping along the Lake Superior coastal trail, with hopes of hiking further afield in the Rocky Mountains, Death Valley and eventually at Mount Kilimanjaro as COVID-19 travel restrictions ease.

Funding Acknowledgement

Funding for this position is provided by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP), and the Ontario Trails Council.

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