Intern to help promote Killarney Park

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The federal government has announced that it will send $53,000 to Friends of Killarney Park to support the hiring of a youth intern.

The intern will work as a publication coordinator for the organization for a year to help increase camping tourism in Killarney Provincial Park.

The funding will come from FedNor’s Tourism Relief Fund.

“We are thrilled that FedNor saw this project as a priority for the community and our region,” said Rachel Mantas, executive director of Friends of Killarney Park. “We are excited to have a young creative mind join our team’s efforts to help us increase the awareness of the benefits of visiting the park.”

Among the intern’s responsibilities will be redesigning the organization’s key tourist information pamphlets, including printed background and trail guides and the main canoe guide. The improved marketing materials will target first-time campers and visitors in hopes of increasing numbers.

The upgrades will also ensure that guides meet accessibility standards and include content that reflects the local Indigenous culture and history, specifically of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory and Point Grondine Park.

The intern will also be responsible for creating digital versions of the guides for use on social media platforms to promote tourism online.

Nickel Belt MP Marc Serre said the federal government is committed to supporting business and helping young people acquire on-the-job training in Northern Ontario.

“This internship is providing a recent graduate with valuable new skills for career advancement,” he said. “It will help market Killarney Park to a wider audience, which in turn, will bring economic benefits to the region. Investments like this enable communities like Killarney to develop tourism products and experiences that will attract more tourists year-round.”

Mia Jensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star