UNBC graduate student Megan Gordon is conducting research on ways to support people and communities when change takes place in the forest sector. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Graduate student seeking interview subjects on forest sector change in Quesnel area

“Through this I will be developing policy recommendations based on what people share with me.”

A University of Northern British Columbia graduate student is looking to speak with currently or recently employed forest sector workers, their families and community members in Quesnel as part of her research on changes in forestry communities.

Megan Gordon, who completed a public administration degree at the University of Ottawa and is now working on her masters thesis in natural resource and environmental studies at UNBC in Prince George, said the study will examine ways to support people and communities when change takes place in the resource sector.

She said learning about experiences and perspectives from local, Quesnel residents through phone or virtual interviews will help explore how change is taking place.

READ MORE: Ecologists, industry experts look at solutions for forestry sector in face of ‘new normal’

In particular, Gordon said she’s interested in talking about impacts caused by the changes in the forest sector before COVID-19, ideas about supports for those facing impacts and people’s priorities and values regarding work and the forest sector.

She noted research participants must be 19 years of age or older, live or work in Quesnel and fall into one of the following categories:

WORKERS

• employee of a forest products company in a technical or administrative role

• employee of a logging company in a technical or administrative role

• former forest sector employee impacted by layoffs in the last two years

• former forest sector employee who has recently taken up early retirement

FAMILIES

• immediate family member of a forestry worker who is currently employed, has recently been laid off, or has retired early as a result of changes in the forest sector

COMMUNITY MEMBERS

• business owner or employee

• service provider

• local government employee

• non-profit employee

• other local resident with relevant knowledge/expertise

“Part of it is to write a thesis for my master’s degree but I’m also hoping, once I have the findings, to help me put together some kind of recommendations for decision makers at mostly the provincial and federal government level,” Gordon said.

“Through this I will be developing policy recommendations based on what people share with me.”

READ MORE: Forest sector crisis could have been planned for

As a student, she said she thinks it’s important to lend a voice to folks who are experiencing changes and to place a magnifying glass on things that are happening in rural and northern areas in the forest sector.

Anyone interested can contact Gordon before July 15 by e-mail at gordonm@unbc.ca or by phone at 613-214-9651.



greg.sabatino@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Quesnel

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Quesnel Salvation Army receives boost from Save-On-Foods

The food bank and soup kitchen received $1,660 through the store’s Share It Forward program

International Safe Travels designation program approved for Gold Rush Trail, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

World Travel and Tourism Council approves, businesses and communities can apply

Quesnel to resume in-person council meetings July 7

Meeting rooms and council chamber occupancy limits have been established

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Cariboo, North Thompson region

Prince George, Quesnel, Williams Lake and 100 Mile House all under watch

North Fraser Drive loop in west Quesnel closed due to flooding

A detour for southbound and eastbound drivers is in place

Police issue warning after baby comes across suspected drugs in Kamloops park

The 11-month-old girl’s mother posted photos on social media showing a small plastic bag containing a purple substance

Collision results in train derailment just east of Golden

The derailment occurred Sunday night, according to a statement from CP

Lower Mainland woman says llama farming neighbour shot her 11-month-old pup

Young dog was on owner’s Maple Ridge property when it was killed on June 21

B.C. records 31 new cases, six deaths over three days due to COVID-19

There are 166 active cases in B.C., 16 people in hospital

B.C. highway widening job reduced, costs still up $61 million

Union-only project scales back work to widen Trans-Canada

Greater Victoria nanny pleads guilty to child porn, sexual interference charges

Johnathon Lee Robichaud pleaded guilty to slew of sex crimes

Most Read