By Gabriel Gauthier
A career in the forest products industry offers as many rewards and opportunities as it does challenges. That’s what participants in Forest Products Association of Canada’s (FPAC) Green Dream Internship Program are discovering on the job at Resolute.
We are pleased to share a series of blogposts written by the new interns on their work experience and adventures.
Over the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to participate in several events as part of my human resources internship. First, I became involved in one of the many organizations that Resolute supports. Next, I visited one of our woodlands operations to learn more about logging. Lastly, I attended a large gathering of First Nations.
On a sunny afternoon, Alexandre Fortin, Human Resources Supervisor at the Mistassini sawmill, and I had the opportunity to lend a hand to the Canadian Red Cross in the Roberval area. Our mandate was to collect donations from passersby to help local people who were victims of a disaster.
Next, I had the opportunity to visit one of our logging operations, namely the La Doré Woodlands, to gain a better understanding the workers’ reality and to learn more about the logging process.
To round out my week, I was invited as a visitor to the Great Gathering of First Nations held in Mashteuiatsh in collaboration with Resolute. The visit was an enriching cultural experience for me and my wife, not far from my host city. We enjoyed pow wow dances, shows, a handicraft exhibit and traditional dishes.
These experiences have been extremely rewarding and fulfilling for me. Since the start of my internship, Maxim Ouellet has enabled me to have a multitude of extraordinary experiences that have only increased my passion for human resources. I’m discovering the Lac Saint-Jean region, forging links with the local people and working with passionate colleagues who give generously of their time and share all their knowledge with me. When I look back at all my experiences at Resolute, the expression “dream internship” makes perfect sense to me.