Welcome to Conservation Champions, a new series, introducing you to the staff of Kawartha Conservation who work to protect the people, property and environment within the Kawartha watershed.
Kawartha Conservation balances environmental capacity and human need, while managing natural resource features that are essential for sustaining water quality and quantity, through watershed planning, stewardship, environmental monitoring and research, and management of conservation and natural areas.
Our programs and services are focused within the natural boundaries of the Kawartha watershed, which extend from Lake Scugog in the southwest and Pigeon Lake in the east, to Balsam Lake in the northwest and Crystal Lake in the northeast – a total of 2,563 square kilometres.
Today, we introduce you to Conservation Areas Technician, Ben Teskey.
Name: Ben Teskey
Title: Conservation Areas Technician
Q: What is your education background?
A: I began by taking an Electronics Technician Program, which helped to develop my troubleshooting skills. These skills have proven to be invaluable in the repairs and maintenance of buildings, vehicles, trails, and equipment.
I followed that program with the Ecosystem Management Technician Program at Fleming College. This schooling fostered my passion for nature, nature connection, and ecology.
This passion fuels my work ethic and makes my job into a vocation.
Q: What do you love most about your job?
A: My work gives me a feeling of great purpose. In my role I help to protect and enhance ecosystem health.
The Conservation Areas that we care take contribute to the quality of air, water, and biodiversity of the region. These areas also provide an opportunity for people to connect with nature which is a very important to conservation efforts everywhere.
People care for what they are connected to.
Q: Why does what you do matter?
A: I want my life to have a positive impact on the future. We owe this to future generations.
Could you imagine what the world would be like if we all left places better than how we found them? I do this every day.
Q: What advice would you give others who are interested in a similar position as yours?
A: Find your passion. Volunteer and work with effort and a positive attitude. Identify the skillsets that will take you where you want to go and then never stop growing those skills.