Friday, May 14, 2010

Trainee Program Causes Big Opportunity for Nunatsiavut Youth

A trainee program has lead to some very exciting opportunities for a Nunatsiavut youth.

Jenna Andersen of Makkovik will be hitting the arctic seas again this summer as part of Cruise North Expeditions.

The cruise line is owned and operated by the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic.

It gives passengers the ability to experience the Arctic through community visits and excursions on the land.

Andersen started with Cruise North back in 2008 as a trainee.

She joins the expedition team again this summer as Assistant Expedition Leader.

Andersen says she’s a little overwhelmed by Cruise North’s decision to have her assume her new role.

The new position will make Andersen second in command for the expedition staff.

Her duties include deciding the ships course, planning the passenger excursions and monitoring the expedition staff.

Andersen just received her diploma in the Community Recreation/Leadership program from the College of the North Atlantic in St. John’s.

Following her summer on the seas, Andersen will be heading to Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

There she will begin working towards her degree in Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism.

She says it’s somewhat of a sacrifice to have to give up her summers but it’s definitely worth it.

Andersen sets sail on August 2.

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