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Ashley Ford

Parks Canada Agency

Degrees:Graduated with BA Honours in Geography in Winter 2018

My name is Ashley Ford and I am a 4th year undergraduate student at Carleton University, completing my Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree with a major in Geography and double minors in GIS and Urban Studies. During my time at Carleton I chose to take the practicum placement course within the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. It exists in order to provide students with an opportunity to gain a real experience within a professional setting outside of academia. It is meant to show students what they should expect in the working environment and what is expected of them within a career. I chose to complete my practicum at the Parks Canada Agency because of my passion for nature conservation and tourism. I had a great experience working with the Fire Management Branch at Parks and everyone there was so welcoming. I spent my time learning about how wildfires in parks are managed, along with the complex communications that are required for these processes. I am so grateful to my sponsor, team, and the Parks Canada Agency for providing me with this opportunity to grow as a professional.