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Sunday, 29 June 2008

Bobbi - Wilderness Experiences

Hello, my name is Bobbi. (a.k.a Melissa J. Bob)

I first got hired at Erringtons Wilderness Islands in 2001, and I've been here ever since. When I first came to the lodge, I was in awe of the beauty and the seclusion. I came here as a new hired worker and was completely unexpected of what I was getting myself into.
Not only does the weather change at the drop of a dime, but with the new surroundings and new people, it almost felt like I was in the series "Survivor"
Since that first year I was hired I've seen many changes with the staff, but whats' more important, is that the Erringtons became a family to me, and the staff were also part of that extended family.
I grew up in more ways that I can describe at Erringtons. Not only as a mature young woman, but spiritually also. Being here made me pursue my love of Nature and the outdoors, and I enrolled in the Fish and Wildlife course. Now, I'm able to identify birds by flight, sound, and wing. I can now look at something and know exactly what it is. And from this I became the person to go to, when a guest saw something, or try to mimic a bird sound. This then led into the nature tours at the lodge. People like going for a walk around the island, and pointing out this and that, and me explaining what it is, and how to identify what it is.
After I graduated Fish and Wildlife, I entered the Forestry Technician course. Now, I'm a Forest Research Technician at the Forestry Research Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.
Not only had Erringtons taught me a lot about myself, but I've also learned a lot from them. To AL (Abby), Doris, Morgan and Devin, and staff (Crystal, Adam, Franky, Lori, Larry, Vern, Joe, Ivan, Heather, Tasha, Sable and Nikita) Thanks for the wonderful memories!!

Bobbi

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